Autumn Dawn Glory
There are many opportunities for great autumn colours early in the morning at the crack of dawn when photographing flying ducks. It may be cold near water before the sun rises, but it is worth it.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f4, ISO 400, +1 2/3 exposure compensation.
Full-frame with no composition crop for once. I normally don't use flash - I didn't use it here.
The normal digital corrections applied and a bit of despeckling of the otherwise untouched background after final sharpening.
What Have They Put In The Water?
The ducks have been mating like there's no tomorrow in an area where many of us go to photograph Hooded Mergansers.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens with 1.4II extender on a Jobu Scorpion ground pod @ 1/800, f 5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation. A slight crop to lower the horizon. A small floating leaf clonned away behind the tail.
Big Rush To Happy Hour - Greater Snow Geese
It always takes my breath away to watch thousands of Snow Geese (in this case, 70,000 of them)suddenly take off in a swirling whirlwind.
Canon 7D with the 500 f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f9, ISO 400, -1/3 exposure compensation.
Full frame without any crop. A bit of colour correction and sharpening.
Any Moment Now! - Greater Snow Goose
This Greater Snow Goose adopts the canonball position in preperation for a water landing.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f7.1, ISO 400. Slight crop to off-centre the bird.
I chose not to "balance the whites". Because of the large amount of white in the goose,I didn't want to risk blowing away fine feather details created by the tones of grey. And after all,in real life, the light off the blue water did reflect onto the bird! Background despeckled as a form of selective sharpening on the bird.
Great Egret On The Downswing
Canon 7D with 500L f4 len plus 1.4 II extender on tripod @ 1/800, f 6.3, ISO 400, -1/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped down for composition purposes, background despeckled, the usual colour correction, contrast and a light amount of sharpening.
If you don't see the typical Quebec Fall colours in the background, well it's simply because this shot was taken over a month ago :-)
All In A Flap - Eastern Bluebird
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens at 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 400.
Cropped for composition purposes and to print as an 8 x 10.
This shot is from a series shot earlier this summer with Pierre Bonenfant and Carro.
Raptor On The Run
A migration run, that is, in the Cap Tourmente region.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens, handheld at 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation. Cropped from the original horizontal to veftical view.
Taking In The Last Light Of The Day - Blue Jay
This Blue Jay soaks in the last rays of the sun at dusk.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens handheld at 1/640, f4, ISO 640, +2 1/2 exposue compensation. My settings reflect the very low level of light present. With a very shallow depth of field due to lack of light, the emphasis is on the bird's face. The tail is out-of-focus, again, this is okay because the emphasis is on the eyes and face.
Cropped slightly for composition purposes and to eliminate the lower part of the wooden ramp where the wood pattern changed.
A small string of cobweb clonned away. Application of blur tool to background after sharpening to remove noise and as a form of selective sharpening to the bird.
Golden Eye In A Golden Light - Great Egret At Dusk
This Great Egret takes off into a warm late afternoon light at a local marsh.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens with 1.4 II extender and IS handheld @ 1/800, f7.1, ISO 400, -1/3 exposure compensation to prevent burning the whites.
As usual with birds in movement, I had to crop slightly for composition purposes because I use the centre AF point on the bird.
I've Bit Off More Than I Can Chew - Green Heron
This is a late dusk shot in the shadow of a Green Heron as he tries to swallow a rather large meal.
The water drop hanging off the tip of its beak is a plus to the scene.
Canon 7D with a 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/400, f4, ISO 640, +2 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes.
More than usual saturation and vibrance added because of the dull light, slight blur to upper background to kill the noise after selective sharpening on the parts of the bird in focus and the frog.
A couple of small unwanted spots clonned away in the water.
The low light level also gave me a restricted depth of field which in this case is fortunate - the legs of the bird are out of focus, giving more emphasis on the main action.
My settings reflect the absence of good light. I was originally stationary on a tripod but was ready to leave when the heron caught it's meal and had to go handheld - which I prefer anyway.
So, it was either take the time to reposition the camera on the tripod and lose the moment or go for it handheld snd risk motion blur to the poor light.
What's Wrong With This Green Heron?
Let's have a little bit of fun!
What is wrong with this Green Heron?
Very simple - the image is upside down! Just love that reflection.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens with 1.4 II extender handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400.
Slight crop for composition.
I'll post the original in my main Ducks and Birds gallery.
Egress Out Of The Sun - Great Egret
And now for something a little bit different!
This shot of a Great Egret - a bird not too common in the Quebec City region - was taken last evening as it passed by the setting sun. The combination of direct sun hitting the camera lens and the egret makes for a very unusual image.
Canon 7D with a 500L f4 lens with a 1.4 II extender handheld @ 1/800, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation.
Uncropped, a couple of small aberrations clonned away, selctive sharpening only on the bird to reduce background noise.