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on Nov 30, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

Ah, Back to My Kind of Photography!

We spent a marvelous week in FL working and shooting, shooting and working with a bit of eating and carousing with good friends thrown in for good measure. A bit of the working we did was to film a new show for Kelby Training on bird photography. Jake was here and together we got five hours of tape shot, damn good day!

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I was quite happy that one of the birds we got to spend a whole bunch of time, the American Oystercatcher, was around and in good numbers. On the west coast the Black Oystercatcher is the norm so when on the east coast and I get up on the American, I love the change of pace.

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In the upper image you can see how we would normally photograph birds on the sand with the sand leveled in the viewfinder. While this looks the most normal, it’s not reality. The bottom image is with the camera plum to the earth and depicting accurately the slope of the sand into the sea. When the thought first popped in my mind and I acted upon it, I wasn’t sure if I liked the final results but now, I’m liking them more than the level sand shots. It’s something new and ponder. I like pushing myself, something good always comes from it!

Photos captured by D3s, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film