FLAPS & GEAR DOWN & LOCKED

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, I GO OUT TO GRIZZLY ISLAND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO DO SOME STRIPER AND STURGEON FISHING. DURING DUCK SEASON, I GET A CHANCE TO SEE SOME REAL PRETTY WATERFOWL. WHEN THE SUN IS IN THE WRONG PLACE THOUGH, I DON’T GET TO SEE SO MUCH OF THEIR COLOR, BUT I SEE A LOT OF SILHOUETTES, LIKE THIS ONE. WHEN I SAW THIS SPOONBILL COMING IN FOR A FLOATING, I EMEDIATELY STARTING TRACKING HIS FLIGHT PATH. THIS SPOONY LOOKS LIKE HE HAS HIS “FLAPS & GEAR DOWN & LOCKED”, IN PREPARATION FOR LANDING, OR SHOULD I SAY FLOATING. THE RIGHT ANGLE ON WATERFOWL CAN MAKE THEM LOOK QUITE SILLY, BUT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I WISH I HAD THE ABILITY TO FLY AND FLOAT LIKE A SPOONBILL DOES. THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN WITH A CANON EOS DIGITAL REBEL 300D AND A 70-300 F:4/5.6:1 TELEPHOTO AF MACRO LENS. THE FOCAL LENGTH WAS SET AT 300MM. THE APERATURE WAS SET AT F:7.1 AND THE SHUTTER WAS SET AT 1/250. I TOOK THE IMAGE TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 2.0 AND HIT THE AUTO FIX OPTION, THE SHARPEN, SHARPEN EDGES AND I TOOK -10 OUT OF BRIGHTNESS AND ADDED +20 CONTRAST WITH ONE SHOT OF SATURATION. I’M VERY SELDOM SATISFIED WITH THE IMAGERY THAT COMES RIGHT OUT OF MY CAMERA. ALTHOUGH MY CANON EOS KISS REBEL DOES A GREAT JOB AT CAPTURING IMAGES ON IT’S OWN, I AM NOT ALWAYS HAPPY WITH THE STRAIGHT SHOT.

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