Snow Geese Family Explosion
This family of Snow Geese, with two adults and five young, burst into a seemingly chaotic explosion as they take of at dusk for a final meal.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II, handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, no exposure compensation.
Formatted to my usual 8 x 16 frame by cropping away unwanted top and bottom horizontals.
The width of the frame is complete and uncropped. A tiny white speckle clonned away in the background. 16% dodge applied to the eye and beak of far right goose.
Wood Duck Dawn Foreplay
This pair of young Wood Ducks get all lovey-dovey just after dawn.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II hand-held @ 1/320 (yup), f5.6, ISO 400 +3 1/3 exposure compensation.
Slight tilt to straighten horizon, small crop for composition purposes - I had to decide whether I should give more bottom to accent the reflection, but decided against it. Three small whitish circles clonned away from the background. Eye and cheek of the male slightly dodged. Despeckling applied to upper half of background following sharpening.
What a camera!!
Fall Follies - Canada Geese
This flock of Canada Geese has just left its watering hole to fly against a Fall woodline for their morning meal. As you watch them prepare, you have to consider the direction of the wind to place yourself, because they normally turn into the wind for takeoffs.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/800, f 5.6, 400 ISO, +3 1/3 exposure compensation.
Top and bottom horizontals cropped away to give me my usual 8 x 16 format. In other words, there was no crop across the width of the image. With these flock images, there is always the problem of keeping the bird closest to you in focus so that you don't have out-of-focus birds in the foreground.
Morning Glory - Male Wood Duck
The light is spectacular early in the morning after sunrise.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/500, f5.6, ISO 400, +3 exposure compensation.
Cropped in a bit for composition purposes. A 16% highlight burn to the white of the right wing applied.
Misty Morning Magic
These Green-winged Teal illuminated by a golden dawn light head off to frolic through the rising mist.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f.4 lens handheld at 1/500, f.4, ISO 800, +3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes. Added contrast and vibrency to image to reduce the dullness of the rising mist, slightly tilted to align horizon.
Giving My New Wings A Test Drive - Wood Duck
This young Wood Duck gives his new wings an early morning test drive. The early morning light explains the contrasty look.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500 L f4 lens handheld at 1/1000, f4.5, ISO 400, +1/3 esposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes while maintaining the full-frame proportions.
Road Runner, Duck-Style
This male Mallard runs atop the water like the cartoon Road Runner before lifting off - always a humerous sight to see.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f4, ISO 400, +1/3 exposue compensation.
Very slight crop for composition purposes, a couple of too-obvious round spots removed from background.
Slip Me Some Tongue! - Green Heron
This Green Heron gives a great display of his tongue technique.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 II Extender handheld @ 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 640, + 1/3 exposure compensation.
Slight crop for composition purposes. Some annoying circles in the background clonned away. Bluish tint on the log behind my name removed.
Cooper's Hawk - Get Out Of My Way
This juvenile Cooper's Hawk leaves its perch to try his luck with a nearby squirrel.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/640, f/4, ISO 400, +2 exposure compensation.
The overall lighting was terrible because of the high trees blocking the light.
Cropped to fit an 8 x 16 format. Some blurring of the background to soften the edges of the bright circles.
Lights, Action, Camera!
It's all about the light with this flying duck shot, taken with the evening sun to its back and to the left - that's why the water isn't blue!
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f4, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Cropped for composition purposes.
Osprey Dive Bomber
Earlier this spring, this Osprey went into a classic steep dive before hitting the water to capture its fish prey.
Canon 7D with the 500L f/4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f/8, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation.
Cooper's Hawk On The Move
And now for something a little bit more serious than my previous offering.
This juvenile Cooper's Hawk gives me the high five as it takes off after a parent who delivered a freshly-captured meal.
Canon 5D III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/500, f4, ISO 1600, +3 1/3 exposure compensation. I don't do this often, but I threw in a bit of Gaussian blur for the background.
The low-light capabilities of the 5D III is superb as compared to my 7D.