…morning light is magic…

B&W Splash

While walking back to my car, saw this Redding Egret fishing near the shoreline.  Almost kept walking as I was worn out from an active early morning shoot but decided to lay down one more time.  Glad that I did as he cooperated with some good feeding shots.

One way to get action shots with shorebirds is to start shooting a burst of shots when their head starts moving down towards the water.  Was able to capture a nice see-through splash as his head dove into the water.  The high shutter speed froze the action when the splash was at its peak.

With the light being harsh around 9:00 a.m., the colors were very muted so decided to use B&W on this one.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/2000 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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8 responses

  1. Sweet water action. I guess you have been tearing it up every weekend on the Avocets at Bolivar?

    February 1, 2015 at 10:20 am

  2. Nice! Love the splash. Amazing how wrong the weather forecast for today was…went yesterday.

    February 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

  3. I like how you captured the motion of the bird and the splash. I also like how water looks like a crown around bird’s head.

    February 1, 2015 at 11:38 am

  4. Thanks Doug. Haven’t been there every weekend but several. It’s prime time at Bolivar with low tide at sunrise in the winter. Have to take advantage of it while I can.

    February 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

  5. Thanks Matt. Took this shot the day that we met out there right before we got to the parking area. I skipped this weekend. Tried to catch up on my sleep for once.

    February 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

  6. Thanks Cornel. It’s always good when the splash is that large.

    February 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  7. B&W works, hitting your mark!

    February 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  8. Thanks David. I don’t use B&W very often but sometime it works well. I need to try it more.

    February 22, 2015 at 9:39 am

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