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Spoonie & Snowy Flip

Discussion in 'Merritt Island VI' started by DW Brewer, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. DW Brewer

    DW Brewer Guest

    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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  2. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Two outstanding captures dave,
  3. I know those birds. The egret is still around but the spoonbill is long gone. You caught a perfect flip - separation on all sides.
  4. Both shots are well done Dave. Especially like the flip shot.
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  5. Vienna Pics

    Vienna Pics

    Nov 14, 2005
    Ditto on larry's comment - love those flip shots....
  6. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Nice, Dave! Spoonies don't often let people get that close.

    (I need to get out more to shoot, darn it...)
  7. mattcham

    mattcham Guest

    Fantastic flip shot! Everything about it is just perfect!
  8. Very nice, both of them!
  9. DW Brewer

    DW Brewer Guest

    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.
  10. Sailor


    Jun 17, 2006
    SE Michigan
    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.
  11. donkolson


    Jan 10, 2006
    Sedona AZ
    Love the flip!
  12. 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.
  13. DW Brewer

    DW Brewer Guest

    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.
  14. DW Brewer

    DW Brewer Guest

    Just located the pre-flip image...

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