It has been a while since I last posted, so I thought I would post a few shot recently from my kayak on the Chassahowitzka River near Homossasa Springs Florida. The one exception is the Limpkin which was shot at Circle B in Lakeland.
All shot with a D300 at ISO 400
Yellow Crown Night Heron, Nikon 300 f/4 at 1/400 and f/4, 300mm
Yellow Crown Night Heron,
Yellow Crown Night Heron, Nikon 300 f/4 + TC17, 1/320 at f/7.1, 500mm
Little Blue, Nikon 300 f/4 + TC17, 1/800 at f/8, 500mm
Little Green Heron, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR + TC17, 1/1250 at f/1.7, 290mm
A very nice set. Very difficult to pick a favorite. #1 is special for the foreground under the heron. All too often the FG is dull patch of land or a routine twig or branch, but here the FG is special. My fingers are itching, as they try to reach the content-aware fill tool to get rid of twig above the heron. I'm telling my fingers it's not my photo. The raccoon is cute. It's kind of funny how the reflection of the face is otherwise blurred but the ears stand out as very sharp.
I really like the raccoon and the first heron shot.
I probably would not remove the twigs in #1. The only one that is a little bothersome is the larger brighter one hanging down behind the bird. I would probably make that one darker with less contrast and maybe blur it a bit. That is a wonderful image with or without that twig.
Brad, Looks like your kayak work is really paying off. I too love the foreground in #1. I was wondering how you talked it into getting back onto a manicured foreground once you finished arranging it. You must be a heron-whisperer. As for the twig, I think Dave made a really good suggestion (either that or content aware but just for the brighter parts). Content aware is pretty awesome, but I always personally feel a bit better if I can just down-play what is actually there than remove it. Mind you, I've done my fair share of removing as well!!
I also really like the raccoon and the green heron. I would personally prefer a bit more space around the heron to see a bit more of it's habitat, but like I say, that's a personal preference.
Take care, and thanks for sharing. CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
Wonderful set of images Brad! #1 is really special, he gave you a great pose, the composition is really nice and the added foreground interest really add to the image. I also like the raccoon image with the reflection, great eye contact.
Thanks Scott! I enjoyed reading your comments regarding the D300 and 200-400 thread. That is a great lens but way out of my price range. I would love to have the D600 or D800 because I really enjoy landscapes in addition to birding.