I decided to lay down on the boardwalk to get a lower angle to this turtle. I took a few frames one of them I decided to do as a black and white. As much as I want to love the shot in monochrome I feel like it is lacking just a bit.
I was curious to how the lens would render a dragon fly. I was about 3.5 meters from this guy and if I remember correctly I shot it at 600mm. This was one of those shots that I used the manual focus feature on the lens which even though the lens does not have the throw range (focus ring movement vs the speed of focus movement) of the 100mm macro it is somewhat easy to focus with a light touch.
There is a Great Blue Heron nest . It took over an old nest from something else. From my understanding 2 years ago a Great Horned Owl was the resident of this nest. Ahhhhchoo. I sneezed and the GBH turned into a stick.
It froze in this position for a good 10 min. Until it decided that whatever made that noise was not a threat to it.
One of the pair of Osprey that have a nest about 75 meters in the direction of the birds tail. Because this bird was more or less back lighted I took several different exposures to see what would work the best for my current camera body. I did one at a "perfect" 0 exposure then took several in 1/3 stops both under and over exposed. When I brought them into OnOne and started raising the shadows/midtones so you could see the feathers better I found what worked the best was the one that was 1 and 2/3 stops "over exposed" . Because I was using exposure comp in manual mode (Auto ISO) it made the exif data a bit wonky.
I had to bring down the exposure and the highlights to add back the contrast but doing this resulted in less noise in the image. I also did something similar to this on the shots of the GBH and to me the top image looks a bit better than the one underneath it .
Of course what is a trip to the swamp without a ubiquitous shot of an Alligator.
There is something about the eyes that is intriguing to me. A gold flecked color. Then the pupils dilate they form almost a bats wing shape. And if you ever take a shot of one its eyes will almost always be focused on you.
From the tip of the nose to the eyes in inches is the length of the alligator in feet. This guy was just under me cruising around and was appropriately skittish. This is a new character to the swamp to me. I have not seen it before. Although it has replaced another alligator in this part of the swamp. I think that one became dinner for the Osprey. I do know that in addition to watching me it was keeping an eye on the Osprey . I am curious to see how big or how small you would think this guy is? This was shot at 600mm and the distance was around 3 meters from the front of the lens or close to minimum focus distance and a second hint would be I would estimate the age at around 3 years old + or - about 6-9 months.
*** Side Note****
Road Trip starts tomorrow morning and will go on for about a week. So my presence on PB will be limited. We are taking a lap top so I might be able to check in and if I remember to set the camera to Raw + Jpg I will add a story or two along the way. SC to TN tomorrow. TN to Ohio on Mon and spend from Mon to Fri in Ohio. Birthday Present for my daughters 16th birthday (about a Month early ) so she can go see a few friends and we can make some memories. If there is any sites to see in NW Ohio feel free to Drop them in the comment section. Lake Erie is on the to see list.*****