Spring Lust Is In The Air - Greater Snow Geese
Mating Greater Snow Geese.
Canon 7D with the 500L f lens with 1.4 Extender II, handheld @ 1/1000. f11. ISO 400, -2/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes. Background despeckled after sharpening.
Osprey - Target Spotted
This Osprey just spotted breakfast and is in his initial turn before his dive.
I used my older Canon 7D to get some more range due to its 1.6 crop factor.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II on a monopod at 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 640, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes.
Balancing Act - Osprey
With the arrival of migrating Ospreys, we have the annual opportunity to catch these superb birds in action, in this case, the bird with a fish in one claw and the branch in the other.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500l f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II on monopod @ 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation for the sky.
This is a crop to eliminate many unwanted branches and the tree trunk, although it would have been okay to include them.
Street Brawl - Greater Snow Geese
It is not uncommon to see members of a family of Snow Geese attack members of another family. These disputes for territory last but a few seconds with little or no harm done.
But, in those few seconds, very dramatic poses can be captured on camera.
I used my Canon 7D instead of my 5D Mark III for the session, because I though I needed the extra 60% reach of this 1.6 crop camera versus my full-frame. The extra zoom reach was great, but did I ever get a shock when I saw how much noise there was in the .raw files as compared to the 5D Mark III! I hadn't used the 7D in a while and forgot about how much cleaner the 5D Mark III is. It's a trade-off, and most of the noise is reduced post-processing.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld at 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, -1/3 exposure compensation. Small crop to level the horizon. My usual processing, but I did apply 3% of the cooling filter 82 to reduce an overly warm photo.
Encounter With The Sun - Canada Geese
I'm often on the lookout for birds passing in front of the sun or moon when conditions are right.
Here, two Canada Geese pass in front of a setting sun which was surrounded by clouds, leaving a sort of hole. This was the best one from a burst of about 6 shots. As I tracked the birds, as soon as I start seeing the sun in the view-finder, I close my eyes to protect then, and hope that the follow-through and auto-focus does the trick. Never look at the sun directly through the lens.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f40, ISO 800, +2 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes. A multitude of mini sensor dust specks cloned away.
Spring Arrival - Canada and Greater Snow Geese
With the my winter Snowy Owl season over, my camera is now turned towards the spring migration.
Don't worry, I've lots of Snowy Owl photos in my archives and I will be posting new ones throughout the summer, both for your viewing pleasure and for my nostalgic well-being.
These Canada Geese are on the move. In the background, you can see white blotches which are in fact a line of Greater Snow Geese feeding in the field.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II on monopod @ 1/1000, f8, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Cropped slightly to properly level the horizons.
Many of my photos on this day suffered from a background distortion due to the rapid evaporation of humidity by a warm sun. In the best of situations, this can give the impression of a painter's brush-stroke. This one here isn't too bad, although many others are almost unusable.
Northern Harrier On The Prowl
It was a windy day and this otherwise skittish bird had to fight a headwind to avoid me once I was spotted. This gave me another precious second or two to rattle off a series of shots.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II @ 1/1000m f10, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation. Small crop for composition purposes.
Snowy Owl - All Dressed Up For The Winter Ball
This Snowy Owl taken just before sunset looks like a princes with her finest winter coat ready to go out to some high-class posh event. It's hard to beat the late afternoon winter colours.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 800, +1 1/3 exposure compensation. Small crop for composition purposes.
Snowy Owl - Late Afternoon Balancing Act
With the Québec provincial election drama now over, it's time again to post another of my Snowy Owl photos.
This one was taken in a late afternoon light about 45 minutes before sunset.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes.
You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings - Snowy Owl
Grab-shot as the owl passed overhead. Always looking for a different pose.
No crop lengthwise, but the top half height-wise cropped away to eliminate unwanted sky, therefore formatted for an often-used 8 x 16 frame.
Handheld Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens @ 1/1000 f/14, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation.
Strong Reaction To Putin's Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
As an ethnic Ukrainian, I'm of course outraged by Vladimir Putin's Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This interference in Ukraine's affairs and long-standing attempts at assimilation has been an ongoing process by the Russians and their "useful idiots" for over 400 years.
My outrage is to be expected, but I was curious to gauge the reaction of my Snowy Owl friends that I photograph to this naked aggression.
This Snowy Owl best showed his opinion by expressing: "Putin and his Russian thugs make me s**t"!
I Dare You To Take My Snowshoe Away - Snowy Owl
Again a Snowy Owl took possession of my snowshoe for use as a perch.
This full-frame no-crop photo was taken handheld with my Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens.
Taken about 30 minutes before sunset, but with a veiled sky which accentuated the pastel cyan hues.
I tried a version without balancing for whites, but changed my mind because the cyan was too overwhelming.
This low-light shot was the last photo of the day, due to incoming clouds. Therefore, I knew this was my last chance.
Although my Snowy Owl season is basically over, I have many good photos still on file to upload in the near future.