Sunday, November 18, 2018

Flying High

The bird activity at Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge in New Mexico has been superb. This beautiful snow goose was one of many coming in for a landing on their overnight roosting pond. Their wings are beautiful, and this image caught a lovely forward sweep.

Bird photography is a real joy, and really keeps you on your toes. Rapid burst helps, but even so you have to pay close attention to how and where the birds are flying or landing. A fast shutter speed of at least 1/1250 sec. helps freeze the wing motion. I always use Shutter Priority when photographing birds and wildlife. That allows you to keep control over the shutter speed at all times. Of course you also have to pay attention to the Histogram to be sure your exposure is good. As the light levels drop, often you have to raise the ISO in order to keep the shutter speed where it needs to be.

1/1250 sec., f/7.1, ISO 800.  Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens set at 300mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."   -- Henry Van Dyke

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