I began taking pictures early this morning just before sunrise. That presents its own challenges because the conditions are in a state of flux for two hours. One good thing about it is I have to change the settings every ten or fifteen minutes. The bad thing about it is I have to change the settings every ten or fifteen minutes. The conditions were good for photography, overcast sky, no breeze and the animals were out and about. I managed to take 150+ pictures, I intentionally used settings that I had no idea what the results would be. Of the 150+ images I kept less than 50, most were down right terrible. I used f 6.3, OSO 1250 shutter speed was 1/1600 for some. Others were f 8 Iso 1000 the shutter 1/100, those ended up ok.
I edited the Hawk photo above spending a considerably long time on it, this is the best I was able to do. It is just too rough with no detail, it’s not clear and the coloring is odd. The obscure back drop doesn’t help a thing, it would look way weird if I were to add an un-natural blue color to it.
I was able to do very little with the picture above as well, it took me a while just to find the birds head. Although better than the original it remains a throw-away. Needless to say I was disappointed when I discovered the 25 I took of the Hawk have to be deleted. But I did capture a few good ones of other birds.
The Great Blue Heron ended up fine after I changed the settings to a good solid ISO 1000, f-8 and shutter 1/100. I believe it was the f-6.3 that messed me up with the Hawks. I should have experimented while photographing something else, the Hawks are tough to catch up with.
The Egret is a nice image as well using the same settings as the Heron.
I’m quite pleased with the Egret image above as well, he makes the entire picture stand out. They have such a noble appearance it’s difficult to ignore them. I have a countless number of Egret photos, I keep adding to the collection mostly to capture them doing something interesting; anything will do. There is one reality one must acknowledge when photographing birds; they rarely do anything but sit around. They are like the bosses son whom the supervisor wishes he could turn the page on.
Jacques Lebec Flutter Shutter