Challenge: Backlighting III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO
Location: Rappahannock River - Virginia
Date: Aug 18, 2007
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 19, 2007
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The herons didn't cooperate 100%. :) There's a spot on the river I can usually count on a few herons showing up. Most of the time they make their way into the slow current on the edge of the river in a rocky area. Sun comes up and they are nicely illuminated with a golden glow around them. Not the case this morning.
I spooked one on the way in (doesn't take much for them to scram - nearly as bad as whitetail deer!) This heron came in about 200 feet from me, moved into this position, and then didn't move for 30 minutes. During this time I waited for the early sun to clear the treeline on the bank. Not moving a bit...had a squirrel come within 10 feet of me (I was wearing camoflauge) and never saw me. Thought for sure it was going to chatter and rat me out. :P
Finally the sun worked some light magic and I grabbed some shots. Stayed in manual focus to keep any noise (lens hunting, etc...) down.
My first official outing with the new (to me) SIGMA 400 Prime I picked up. Fairly pleased with the results overall. Wish the lighting was more of a true backlighting setup instead of side lighting. Wonder how gracious the voters will be on that? I predict the most comments will be about the white patch near the herons legs. Sure wish I could touch that up a bit. :)
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