Spoonie & Snowy Flip

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DW Brewer

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The last two mornings I was aat Ft. DeSoto, Allan Rube and I essentially had the lagoon at North Beach to ourselves; shared with a few birds who were quite tame. If we remained essentially motionless out in the lagoon, they would come in so close that head shots were possible. Here is a Spoonbill and a Snowy Egret (with flip) who were almost too close to image. These are full-frame except for cropping to 11x14 format.
D300 + 500mm, handheld, manual exposure

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Fantastic flip shot! Everything about it is just perfect!
 
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Pia:
As Allan will testify, it wasn't a case of the Spoonie letting us get close. When we tired of constantl;y moving trying to keep up with it, we stayed put and the birds came to us. I have a Great Egret flip image that is basically head and shoulders only; the bird was at minimum focusing distance. When we stayed put, the spoonie came within 25 feet of me.
 
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Wow, wow, what high quality, colorful, well composed images!
Do you have available exposure details?
Looks like carefully planned DOF with mostly open aperture, I'm curious about ISO.
 
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Pia, the lagoon is pretty empty right now. There is the reddish egret, tricolor heron, some greats and snowies, with ibis. Best birds (for me) are ruddy turnstones and, if lucky, a pair of oystercatchers.
 
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Sailor:
SS: 1/2500; f6.3, -1.7 compensation, ISO 200; pretty much straight conversion in LR2 (no exposure change, 23 clarity, 10 saturation, minimal sharpening). In CS2, I cropped for 11x14 image at 300 ppi, minimal noise reduction under filters, smart sharpen 2.4 (I sharpen for printing). I shoot manual exposure, making my settings such that auto ISO only kicks in when there is a significant lighting change (i.e., decrease). Hope this helps.
 
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Just located the pre-flip image...

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