…morning light is magic…

Golden Avocet

Early morning golden light can be like magic for wildlife photos.  I’m amazed at how many people I see that show up to locations that I’ve been shooting at as I’m leaving.  They don’t seem to have a grasp on the concept of good lighting for wildlife photography.  It’s all about the light, in my opinion.

Caught this Avocet in the golden hour just after sunrise.  There are a few challenges with Avocet photography.  Finding them, getting close to them and getting an isolated shot.  They are always in a group while flying, feeding or just walking around.  Getting a photo of a single Avocet can be golden, so to speak.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4x III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/500 sec @ F9, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 700mm

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6 responses

  1. Marji

    You’ll never know how much I welcome your emails. You do a great job. Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to Tim and his 2013!!

    January 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

  2. Awesome light on this one Tim. Great job as usual controlling the whites.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

  3. Great capture! Yes, it’s all about the light.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  4. Thanks Marji. I really appreciate your comments and glad that you like my photos. I’ll try to keep the e-mails coming.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  5. Thanks Doug. I usually use + exposure compensation when shooting near water but had to back off of that with the white Avocets. Gotta love digital where it’s easy to see where the exposure is with the histogram.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  6. Thanks David. Gotta love Bolivar at sunrise. Just with that the weather would have been more cooperative over the holidays. Hoping for better luck for the rest of Jan.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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