I was at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm yesterday morning. There’s still a lot of activity going on with everything from eggs in nests to young birds flying around. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been this year.
When you’re out photographing, you have look for conditions that will enhance your images. You also need to think ahead and have your camera set-up and ready to go. Otherwise, you’ll miss shots like the one above.
I saw this Tri-colored Heron and the first thing that struck me was the background. A great deal of the time (especially at the Alligator Farm), birds are in among the bushes and there are usually distracting twigs, trees, and other birds behind your subject. A busy background will detract from your image quality. I like to look for situations where there’s space behind the bird and this one had some. I also thought that having my Sigma 150 – 500 OS lens set wide open would be enough to blur out the background. I was a bit worried about the low light level, but I had a flash mounted to help so I made sure I had the right compensation dialed in. I got into place, pre-zoomed, pre-framed, and waited for the bird to strike a good pose. When it raised its crest, I was able to make two quick photos before it moved again. I like the way this one turned out. In the other, the beak is down and it’s not nearly as good a pose.
If I hadn’t seen the opportunity and been ready, I would have missed this photo. Keep your eyes open and be ready!
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