Many thanks for the wonderful spectrum of comments on my Gull upload and special thanks to Ronnie (RonnieAG) and Bill (goso) for their UA's.
I am taking a bit of a chance with todays images. I like capturing flying birds and usually try and take the shots with the sun behind me and a plus exposure of 1 to 3 stops depending on the brightness of the background and the color of the bird. I also have to use a high ISO in order to get the high shutter speeds needed with a hand held camera and long lens. One or two recent shots into the light have given some interesting backlit images because of the transparency of the feathers eg. my recent upload of a Great White heron at Shapwick.
Yesterday I went to Shapwick with the deliberate intent of taking shots into the sun or near it and had to delete a lot of useless frames - but I did get a few that I like and here are two of them.
V1 is a Bittern taken against very bright cloud with the sun clear and slightly up and to the right. ISO 1000 and plus 2 stops and manipulating in PS - the image shows the expected noise but I really like the way the sunlight shines through the bill and wing feathers and reflects off the back.
V2 is a shot taken of the newly fledged Great White egrets - the first ever in the UK I am told - and you can see the mud colored bill with a black tip (adults have a yellow bill in the summer breeding season), the young svelte body and the wing feathers some of which have not completed their growth yet. Taken against very bright cloud with the sun higher on the left and hidden behind the cloud. ISO 1000 and plus 1.5 stops of exposure. Noise apparent but I like the slightly ethereal see-through look of the bird.
I hope you will enjoy looking as much as I did taking them. A
|Camera:||Canon EOS 7D |
|Lens:||EF400mm f/5.6L USM |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||19 May 2012 - 5:22 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|