Tip: When it comes to wildlife, patience makes all the difference between a 'meh' snapshot and a keeper.
Another shot from a recent trip to #sfzoo
, shot with a rented Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6 L lens from #borrowlenses
on my first and only outing with this fantastic piece of glass. The zoo is home to a couple of rescued bald eagles, who sadly cannot fly any more, but it doesn't stop them from looking appropriately handsome perched on the trees of Eagle Island.
I must have taken over 25 shots of this one bird, as it twitched and fidgeted, oblivious to my increasingly aching arms, struggling to hold up a 100-400 lens mounted on a 5D Mark II. While none of them were 'bad', this one finally gave me what I was looking for - accurate focus, perfect pose, and the right exposure. Camera/Settings
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 2000Processing
- Very minimal processing in #lightroom4
since I shot this one on an overcast day, giving me a nice even exposure.
- Minor shadow/highlight adjustments to even out exposure, followed by adjustments in white and black levels to increase contrast.
- Sharpening and noise reduction, especially color noise
- Vignetting to focus attention on the bird.#canonusers #naturephotography #eagles #sfzoo #baldeagle #plusphotoextract #hqspnaturephotography #hqspbirds #wildlifephotography #birding #birdphotography