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Made Audubon Top 100

A good day….

My day was made yesterday when receiving an e-mail from the Audubon Director of Photography that confirmed that I made it into the top 100 for the 2019 Audubon photo contest.  Love those e-mails!

Audubon contacted me back in mid-May requesting a raw file to confirm the photo wasn’t manipulated beyond the contest rules.  Hoped that I made the top 100 but you never know.  Had a similar experience last year with a request for my raw file but did not make it to the top 100.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation


Backlit and Lovin’ It

I’m a major fan of backlit bird photos, especially from High Island’s rookery.  Sunrise is a very special time at the rookery.  The sun comes up in your face and provides some great backlit photo op’s.  This Great Egret was showing off it’s breeding plumage and backlit wings.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on tripod with Wimberly II head

1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 400, manaul exposure

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1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 400, manaul exposure

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Great Egret Breeding Plumage

This great egret was showing off its breeding plumage at the High Island, TX rookery last weekend.  While preening, the plumage was is full display for everyone to see.  I’m thinking that she was showing off, just a little.  Worked for me.

Taken about an hour after sunrise with the light getting a little harsh but still usable.  Used spot metering on the bright backlit area of the plumage to properly expose the bright areas and darken the background.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens mounted on tripod with Sidekick gimbal mount.

1/1250 sec @ F7.1, ISO 250, spot metering