One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it. I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.
I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June. Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.
The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:
How to photograph Black Redstart
Whilst waiting for bee-eaters to land on a perch in front of the hide, a Little Owl surprised me by landing on it instead. A little squeak from myself got it looking straight down the barrel of my lens, but it soon lost interest when it realised I wasn’t food. Great to see it at short range.
Little Owl, Athena noctua, Hungary, July, 2013
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with 1.4xIII converter. 1/250s at f/5.6 at ISO1250.
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To start the week, image 051, is a slow shutter speed image of a small group of Dunlin whizzing along a coastal headland. I’m creating these abstract images more and more and prefer them to the static shots I would usually take. There are many ways to get a slower shutter speed with your camera. This was photographed at around 1/60th sec. I usually shoot in Av mode on my Canon camera, so reducing the ISO to 50 and increasing the aperture value allows me to shoot slow shutter quite easily, depending on the ambient light. The hardest part is panning in perfect speed with the birds flying in order to get their heads sharp and these birds are not exactly slow 😉
Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Somerset. January, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
To end the weekend, image 050, shows a Red Kite in full stretch. Such a beautiful bird to watch and always a pleasure to photograph as they soar around massive expanses of blue sky. Photographing this individual in late evening light, I waited till the bird started to bank, and fired off a round of shots as it got into the perfect position.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, January, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.