Day 135 – The Little Egret and more

Walking around the salt water marshes at the end of last week I spotted an Egret, so as I had my camera I choose that as my focus  and aimed to capture some bird photography… not easy when I have Sparky and Mack along too…. and I was not planning to share them…. but due to circumstances it is that or no post today 🙂

I was still using back button focus, and now remembering to hold my finger down when the bird moves!

But I got it wrong… I did not check my settings when taking the photos … I dialed to shutter priority, thought I would work with that so set a high shutter speed and then for some reason totally forget to check my settings as I shot, just saw the photos and realised they were not what I was trying to achieve… I then decided it was my error as I did not understand shutter priority much.

Then on coming home I noticed I was on Av, I am sure when I switched, whether it was when the Egret flow off with Sparky chasing, and me attached to his lead I knocked the camera back to Av mode or I simply didn’t set it up right to stop and did not pay attention.

So today’s photos are about looking at my mistakes and what the settings were:

ISO400, F6.3, 1/400 sec

ISO400, F6.3, 1/400 sec

I like how he has his foot balanced on the rock… and it is hard capturing the detail in his white plumage.

ISO100, F6.3m 1/320sec

ISO100, F6.3m 1/320sec

I then found two… it was quite windy but I liked the fact that this shot had a little more action, a third egret would have balanced the shot more though!

ISO100, F6.3, 1/320 sec

ISO100, F6.3, 1/320 sec

I thought I had upped the shutter speed here, instead I increased the aperture – but I was amazed to spot that I had capture some action… it makes the photos more interesting!

ISo100, F6.3, 1/400sec

ISo100, F6.3, 1/400sec

I tried to capture action… I was even more impressed I managed it when my settings were slower that I thought.

ISo320, F6.3, 1/320 sec

ISo320, F6.3, 1/320 sec

Finally a wild bunny … it is amazing to think they are there so close to the shore.

What did I learn:

  • With my 17-250mm lens, to get into the detail I needed to crop the photos in Lightroom… my longer lens would be useful
  • Check my settings when I check my histogram!
  • Back button focusing when you get it right it great for moving objects but best on the centre focusing point on my canon 60D.
  • I miss going out taking photos … when my son is unwell I can’t.