Experiments with light, 190914, Forest Park

I went and met Danny Brown in Forest Park, and spent a contented morning. There were no new birds, but I was trying out shots in different light settings.

The early morning sunshine was something I had to get from Danny’s running car:

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The rising sun on the Cooper’s Hawk gave me another opportunity to shoot against the sun:

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This, to me, provided more drama than the conventional sunlight-on-the-bird shot.

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There was the light on grass seeds:

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The long shadows, and the arch of the bridge made an interesting composition:

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I thought the sepia generalized the bird and accentuated the lines and curves.

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The mist rising off the water made a good capture.

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Even the common Mallard looked lovely in the golden light.

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I enjoyed the various poses!

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Greenery against the light was lovely, too.

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Then we came across a Wood Duck couple, partially in the light, and partially out of it. This was quite a challenge, getting the birds and their reflections without too much of washout.

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Getting details with the zoom was important.

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Of course, Danny clicked away like the pro that he is; it was I who was struggling!

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I got the male Wood Duck alone:

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Getting macro shots against the morning light was also tough.

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Another common bird, the Starling:

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I got a Cormorant in mid-flight:

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In the twilight, I went again to Forest Park, and got the Great Horned Owls that Mark and Brenda were showing some people:

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I may not be producing earth-shaking shots, but I’m quite happy with my experiments with light at various times of the day.

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