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This particular egret is making a creek at the backside of Barkhausen Wildlife Area (Suamico, Wisconsin) his favorite place to be. Did a little late afternoon shooting and was able to capture a few nice shots.
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Canon 30DCanon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
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Gorgeous! Love all the silky tones on the bird!
Thank you. The sun was hitting him just right.
Another good one. This is the shot that I am having trouble with. I either have the whites way blown out or the head area is out of focus. Got to keep practicing this angle.
I changed my focus point from the center to the top point when held vertically. I had the camera set to spot metering. The specs are as follows:
ISO 250f/5.61/320 th
I had the camera mounted to my window pod. Given the dark shadows I was not about to mess with hand held.
If you notice, I seldom hand hold anything. I do keep the 70-200mm at my side but only hand hold if the shutter is around 1/1000th or higher. When it comes to the 400mm, it is always supported somehow.
When I am using the center focus point, especially with these long necked birds and waterfowl pairs, I try and remember to set my aperture a little smaller….say f/8 or even a little smaller.
In portrait photograpy I have always read to try and shot in f/8. Now for some effects you may go wider but in general I shoot in f/8. The idea is to not have depth of field and depth of focus.
Depth of Field – The distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that give an image judged to be in focus in a camera
Depth of focus – The distance between the two extreme axial points behind a lens at which an image is judged to be in focus
If you read up, they are slightly different.
Because Iam learning the difference, when I decided to shoot this bird at f/5.6, I decided to change my focus point. I did not want to trust that the center point would actually keep his head in focus. Wth his long neck and angle I figured there was a risk.
I hope this all made sense.
Thanks for your comment. :-)
I think DOF and DOF are very similar but like I said, I have read there is a slight difference.
Depth of Field/Depth of Focus
There is a lot of mumbo jumbo at this link but I think the overall point is sometimes when shooting at the center focus point you may want to consider a smaller aperture or change the focus point.
Nice series of shots here, good job
Thanks for the tips Scott. I will try them out in the morning maybe. Did you go to Sensiba?
You are welcome. Yes I made it but it is totally a morning deal. The Yellow Headed Blackbirds were all to my left which was backlit. I may try and get over there Saturday morning.
Thank you very much George for your support and comments.
Beautiful Scott!!! Love the light and the colours in this : )
Thank you. I was very pleased when it turned its head in the sun like that.
Great capture Scott!:)
Thank you very much.
No worries Scott! :D
If you want company I can meet you there and if not good luck. I had my best luck just a little ways in. There is a bush you can back into so you are blended in and there is a bush with dead branches on the back side that the females sit in and a couple of males will fly over there and sit for about a half a minute and then head off again. You will see the males coming from out in front of you so you can be ready.
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