Into the seventh week of leading photography tours in Costa Rica. I have met a lot of superb people and the birds here are magnificent. One of the birds that will keep you entertained is the Montezuma Oropendola. Here is a male standing in the rain whilst keeping a close eye on the females.
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Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, Costa Rica, January, 2014.
Canon 5D3 and Canon 500mm f4 L IS lens and Canon 580EX II speedlite.
An image for this evening….
The last hour of sunlight known as the ‘golden hour’ is great for photographing in. I waited for this Avocet to walk through a patch of light where the setting sun would give this nice rim lighting to the bird.
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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Another Red Squirrel taken from a great setup with a reflection pool.
Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Dumfries and Galloways, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS, 1/400s @ f/4, ISO 1250.
Its been a long time posting on this blog but work has had to take precedence unfortunately. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and had many great parties for the New Year celebrations!
To kick start the year off I had a trip up to Scotland to photograph some of the Scottish species. First of all is the Red Squirrel. A very iconic species and great fun to photograph even though they are a bit quick. This image was taken at ISO8000 (yes, you read right, 8000!!) as the light was extremely poor. There was no snow so had to improvise…so….this is what rain drops look like at 1/2500th sec shutter speed. It looks like snow. I think another trip to here is needed to get the real wintry conditions.
Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Cairngorms, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS, 1/2500s @ f/4, ISO 8000.
Another image like the Turtle Dove here showing the technique where the background is lit and the subject is in shade. This time the subject is a female Red footed Falcon.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Hortobagy, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
A technique I’ve been using more and more recently is where the conditions in the background are bright and the subject is in shadow. Here is an image of a Turtle Dove in such conditions.
Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens and Canon 1.4x III converter.