My Lame-o attempts at Avian Photography

by Jorge Moro February. 20, 2011 11916 views

Well I travelled down to the islands off the coast of Virginia. Man was the wind howling. If you live in the Northeast you know what I'm talking about. It was a regular blow of about 25-30mph, with some serious gusts to over 50mph ALL DAY LONG. I could not use my tripod. Period. Regardless of how steady the manufacturer claims it to be, I felt it would have been blown over with my expensive camera going along for the ride. I had travelled down there to shoot not only some “gallery” style images, but also stock. Looks like stock won out – as I was unable to really find anything terrific in the howling wind and cold. I'll head back down again before the tourist hordes ascend on the islands but for now, here is my lame attempt at bird photography.

Flight. Cropped. First of all I must say that I was going to pack my D300 body. That would have made my 70-300VR zoom, a 105mm - 450mm. Had I only known… But I was already packing two camera bags of gear with my D700, lenses, and my medium format gear so I left the D300 behind. Shame on me.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-33VR, handheld, 1/100th F6.3, ISO 200, cropped.

I will post the little bit of landscape shots, and some other stuff I shot at a later date as I'm still sorting images out.

Bald Eagle in Flight. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/250th sec, F6.3, ISO 200 handheld, cropped. Seriously cropped.

Landing Snow Geese on Assatague Island. That's the ocean way back in the background.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/1000 Sec F6.3, ISO 400 handheld in gale force wind. Cropped.

A Bird. LOL. Late afternoon light.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-30)VR 1/320th sec, F6.3, ISO 400 handheld, no cropping

Late Afternoon Fisherman. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/200th sec, F6.3, ISO 400 handheld. Sun low in the background.
No crop

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Olga Helys 9 years, 11 months ago

Great job especially the first one :)

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Robin 10 years ago

2nd and the last one is my favorite of the set.

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Jazzy Trekker 10 years ago

We had the wind here on the South Shore area of Boston, too . . .downright miserable being out in it. I like the golden hue and composition of shot 4.

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Felecia Eby 10 years ago

Looks good to me!

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Lynda 10 years ago

The snowy egret at 5 and the grey heron at 1 and 4 are lovely

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David Cardona 10 years ago

Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!

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Stefan Fletcher 10 years ago

Don't sweat it. In this kind of photography, unless you're really hooked, I think the capture is more fun than the result, and it looks like you had fun.

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Kate 10 years ago

Well you can call them lame...but beauty in in the eye of the beholder and I love #1...who knows about the technical arguments but for me it is the essence of a bird in flight

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