This month’s challenge is "Cooling Off” We are entering the dog days of August here in the northern hemisphere and Nikonians south of the equator have had a very hot season last summer. So, let’s see some wildlife trying to keep cool. From Jeannean (jrtx) last month’s winner…. “I'm not so sure about the rest of the country, but all I can think about here in south Texas is "Cooling Off", so thought that might be an interesting theme. (wildlife in shade, watering holes, bathing, etc.) “
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Yes, I have a koi pond in my backyard, which has a small waterfall. The pond was already present when I bought the home about 15 years ago. I have several feeders about 100' away, so the hummers have food, water and shelter, which keeps them around all year.
I set up right next to the waterfall, roughly 5 feet away, which is the minimum focusing distance of my 300 f/4, and use a TC 14. I often set up the camera/tripod and then back away for a while so the hummers get used to its presence. Then I move back into position and wait. I am not in any blind. The hummers are very curious when I am there and often hover right in front of my face to size me up. I just remain still. After a few minutes, they come back, double-check that I seem to be no threat, hover a bit over the water, then set down. Hummers have a tendency to shift their head back and forth (left/right) when they are stationary, but pause for a second or two at the end point of each turn of the head. That's when I release the shutter and can capture a fairly sharp image of a bird that is otherwise non-stop energy. I don't use flash because I have never achieved very good results in this situation. So my D3s is really an essential tool. If my timing is right, I have even captured pretty clear images at shutter speends as low as 1/20.
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This Egret had just dunked himself in the water and it left his feathers all ruffled. Shot hand held with D200 and 70-200 VR at 200mm. ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/800.EDIT 8/3/2014 Re-edited file in PSCS6 extended using Picture Postcard workflow.
This brown bear was cooling off in a river in Alaska in July when I managed to catch him shaking the water off his head. I liked the swirling patterns of the water around his head, and the water droplets sparkled like thousands of diamonds in the afternoon sun.
D300, Sigma 500mm, ISO 400, f8@1/1000, Gitzo tripod and head.