…morning light is magic…

Clapper Rail

While taking photos of a Great Blue Heron out the car window at Brazoria NWR, I saw movement out of my left eye.  I try to keep both eyes open when shooting just for such an occasion.  A Clapper Rail had jumped up on a platform right in front of me.  I changed the lens to its minimum focusing distance, changed the aperture to F9 and cranked up the exposure compensation another notch to +1.  Ended up getting this full framed photo.  Had a hard time seeing him as the morning sun was coming up behind me and shining into the view finder with my glasses preventing a tight seal on the eye piece.  Was thrilled to get any shots in focus with 1/100 sec shutter speed.  Gotta love the IS on the new 500mm lens.  Would have been good to crank up the ISO but I couldn’t see the setting in the view finder.  He only stayed around for about 20 seconds but it was a fun 20 seconds.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II, 1.4x III teleconverter, hand-held out the car window

1/100 sec @ F9, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

5 responses

  1. Never seen one….glad you were able to get the shot.

    November 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    • Thanks David. They tend to hide in the weeds so I was excited to get this close to one out in the open.

      November 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  2. This is fantastic! Really appreciate your settings and technical info as I’ve rented a 500mm this week and love it, but have so much to learn.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • Thanks Bella. It’s a great lens so have some fun. Be careful though. It’s addictive and a major blow to ye old bank account but worth it in my opinion.

      November 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      • Oh Tim..I’m already hooked and am so sad I have to return it tomorrow. I did get insurance..think they would buy the story that someone stole it?

        November 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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