Sanderlings up close and personal

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Just before running into the mink which I recently posted I fooled around with a few sanderlings on the beach. They showed no fear at all.

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1} This one was just after the sun broke the horizon and was still deep orance/red. I love it when you get a few bubbles within the DOF like this. Shot in DX mode and slightly cropped due to leveling.
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2) Another bird a few minutes later. This one in FX mode but cropped 10 percent or so due to leveling. I typically like a little more breathing room around the subject.
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3) Same bird as no.2 but a little closer. Not even enough space in the frame to level this one.
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Everything about the first one -- colors, depth of field, posture, bubbles -- comes together to make a fabulous image.
Thanks, Mike. Yes that is definitely the best of the lot. A bit more light on the face would really have put that one over the top. The angle of the sun to the beach wasn't working in my favor.
A super display of images, great job Dan and what sweet light.
Thanks, Louie. It's such a pleasure to shoot when the lighting is like that.
All good but the first is really special.
Thanks, Allan. Yeah content trumps better techs every time.
 
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Just before running into the mink which I recently posted I fooled around with a few sanderlings on the beach. They showed no fear at all.

D850/500mm PF

1} This one was just after the sun broke the horizon and was still deep orance/red. I love it when you get a few bubbles within the DOF like this. Shot in DX mode and slightly cropped due to leveling.
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2) Another bird a few minutes later. This one in FX mode but cropped 10 percent or so due to leveling. I typically like a little more breathing room around the subject.
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3) Same bird as no.2 but a little closer. Not even enough space in the frame to level this one.
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Jeepers, Dan. As others have said, these are off the charts great. That first just blows me away!
 
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Jeepers, Dan. As others have said, these are off the charts great. That first just blows me away!
Thanks, Eric. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.
this is so much more fun with the 500pf than with a 500/4
It was certainly easier to haul a couple of miles down that beach. But in low light there's nothing like looking through that big prime.
Dan, that first one is excellent!
Thanks, Mitch.
 
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