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Pelican at Sunset

There has been an unusually large number of pelicans by the dam on Doty Island this year.  I estimate 300-400!  Not sure why but they sure put on a show.  We went bird watching in the evening and I planned ahead and brought my 70-200 with a 2X teleconverter.  This shot was taken at 400mm and the bird flew directly overhead.  The feather detail is just amazing.  These birds are so big and such wonderful fliers.  God sure is amazing when he solves an engineering problem! 

With the extender the lens is a f/5.6 so with the lateness and the need for high shutter speed (to freeze motion) I ended up at 500 ISO.  No problem with the 5d!  The focus here was set to servo and I tracked using the center “cross type” focus point. 

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II with 2X extender III | 1/1600 s | 400mm f/5.6

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Hey Mister!

Hey Mister!  What ya doin’ down there?

The things you see laying on the ground in Menasha!  This was taken on a Thursday evening while watching the clouds go by. 

You don’t need a fancy camera – just carry a camera with you and have it ready at all times.

Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 4.7mm f/3.2 | 1/250s

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Another Sunset

Sunset Over The Fox River

Another beautiful sunset in Neenah.  This is from the Friendship trial on the Fox River.  A cold front was moving in and created beautiful clouds, colors and light.  This is a composite of 10 photos stitched together in Photoshop CS6.  The challenge here was to keep the ISO down to prevent noise while getting a low blue shutter speed and sufficient depth of field.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 24mm | 1/25s at f/6.3

 

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Two Bridges in Winter

Two Bridges in Winter

Four inches of fresh snow last night and everything is clean and beautiful.  I went out to get some macro (close up) photos with my new 100mm lens.  Ended up doing some landscapes instead.  Too much snow to climb through so I stuck to the parking lots and roads.  Of course, that didn’t prevent me from stepping into a deep water filled rut!  Nothing like a shoe full of water to wake one up!

Snow pictures are often difficult as your camera will fight you for the exposure.  The camera thinks the world is grey and so makes the snow grey unless you overexpose.  I set compensation to about 1 stop over and that worked well.

This photo also underwent more than my usual post processing.  I used Topaz Clarity to sharpen and then Topaz Detail to bring out the highlights in the trees and bridges.  I then set the saturation to -86 in Lightroom to remove all but the faintest color.  Didn’t like the pure black and white.  Finally, I used Lightroom to remove some purple fringing in the high contrast areas in the tree branches.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm f/2.8 II Macro | 1/160 sec at f/16

 

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