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Home is a Good Thing

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This adult crane with two small chicks was photographed with the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC (handheld at 280mm) and the EOS-7D. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/8.

I  just got back from the Laredo Birding Festival and have a thousand things to do.  Before I left last Tuesday I made it down to Lake Walk-in-Water here at Indian Lake Estates on a few loverly mornings.  Spring at ILE is the very best season for photography.  This year there are about eight pairs of Sandhill Cranes with chicks, and some of the earilest hatching chicks are now large colts.  The wind quit this morning and I wanted to get down to the lake but I simply have too much to do today; maybe tomorrow.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a few images with you here.

In the opening photograph (be sure to click on the photo to see a larger, sharper version) I was thrilled with the juxtaposition of the chicks with the adult, and especially with the fact that the head of the chick in the front did not merge with the neck of the adult (as it did in the previous frame).  To see what otehrs thought of the image above, check out my BPN post here:  http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php?t=59976  Be sure to scroll down to see another great image made with the same camera/lens combination.

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I created this one working on the BLUBB from the car with the 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, a 1.4X II TC, and the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/8.

I preach that folks work right down sun angle by pointing their shadow at the subject.   As I was creating this image, I did exactly that by moving the car into perfect position.  You can learn more about the BLUBB here: https://store.birdsasart.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=16 and learn improve your nature photography by leaps and bounds by getting a copy of “The Art of Bird Photography II” (916 pages on CD only) here: https://store.birdsasart.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=32

See you again soon.

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