Ready for takeoff? When photographing birds and waterfowl, it is important to always be ready for the subject to take flight. This scaup on a small pond in Denali National Park in Alaska was calmly sitting on the surface when suddenly he decided it was time to go. With very little warning he cut a path through the water and was up, up, and away.
Be ready and set your camera for a fast shutter speed of at least 1/1250 sec. Slower than that and it will be difficult to freeze most of the wing motion. You don't have to completely freeze the action, since a bit of wing blur helps convey a feeling of speed. But you want the head and body to be relatively sharp.
If you do not receive our free monthly newsletter, subscribe today. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "YES" in the subject line, and your free subscription will begin in December. You can view the November issue here http://conta.cc/1lDgrl6
Be assured that we never share or sell your email information.
And if you are looking for some good Black Friday camera specials, check out the Hunt's Photo and Video offerings here http://www.wbhunt.com/specials/black-friday/ If you see something of interest, or just have questions, email Alan Samiljan at Hunt's at email@example.com or call him at (781) 662-8822. Hunt's is great and they can help you out. Tell them Mollie from Awake The Light sent you, and you will get great service.
Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. Aperture f/5.6. ISO 800. Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before." --Maya Angelou