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on Jun 9, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Ever Changing Background

When it comes to laying on the sand photographing, there is one thing I love above all else. That’s having waves for the background! Here’s a perfect example of why I love it. We’ve got a Double-crested Cormorant for a subject. Let’s just say they aren’t the center fold of bird species. But when you’ve got any subject in this kind of light, you shoot ‘em! We had passing puffies which meant there was patchy sun bringing a direction and quantity to the light but it was diffused on the subject. Just look at how the feathers are popping, simply gorgeous light (and the Landscape profile perfect to shoot in). This light also makes the face and eye come to life. So even if the bird isn’t the most photogenic, in this light it’s lookin maaavelous!

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And by laying on the sand shooting, you’re able to make the background a pastel painting by including the surf. Since the cormorant was on the shoreline, this was a no-brainer. What you see in the background here is the crashing surf. By shooting with the D4s / 800mm on the Panning Plate it was possible to incorporate it. Each wave creates a totally different background. No two images as you can see above, is the same. Depending if it’s all crest (white), partial crest (white & green) or no cresting wave (green), you have a different background. Now you have a hint of what it will look like when you’re looking through the viewfinder but you don’t know exactly what you’re going to get. That’s why when the wave begins to come in, I let the camera rip. I then select my favorite later back at the computer. You can see my favorite above and perhaps understand why I love waves for a ever changing background.