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on Jul 8, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

The Dippers cont

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In between the very brief times the parents were at the nest, they foraged along and in the creek. They keep you spinning as you try to keep up with them. They keep you guessing when they go underwater, water moving so swiftly you wouldn’t venture in, and then pop up ten feet down stream. Then are great bird, they are a great challenge.

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These two photos have a couple of things in common. Yeah, the subject is one of them. Another is the rock and Dipper are all lit by flash (they were in complete shadow) and the last, the watery background is ambient light. Using and applying flash so no one can tell you’re using flash is incredibly important in wildlife photography. In both these cases, a Better Beamer was used, being feathered so the center of the light beam was sent over the head of the subject. The exposure comp dialed into the flash was -.07. The Nikon flash magic did the rest.

What’s going on biologically? The top photo, the Dipper seemed to be “stalking” a bug, I’d never seen that pose before and it held if for a long time before diving. The bottom photo, the Dipper is cruising the rapids looking for food, employing it’s “diving mask” second eyelid to keep the spray from blurring its vision.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-14e, SB-900 w/Better Beamer on Lexar UDMA digital film