Lesser Yellowlegs by Ryan Mense
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Lesser Yellowlegs

May 6, 2019

Shooting into the sun usually means disaster as things can easily get out of control. It takes patience for everything in the scene to come together to an acceptable degree. Shooting water level here had the benefit of giving me the nice backlit bokeh bubbles and patience minimized the amount of specular highlighting in the water. I'm pretty sure I wrote an Fstoppers article about this, but never, ever, ever pull the whites down on specular highlights so they turn gray — just let 'em be. They're blinding white in person, and that's how they should appear in images.

Captured with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x III on May 5, 2019 at 6:31 PM. I used AI Servo AF mode and multi-segment metering. Auto WB setting.

Raw processed in DPP4. Noise reduction, sharpening, and cropping in PS.

Canon-1D Mark IV
700mm · f/5.6 · 1/500s · ISO 500
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David Hoye's picture

Very nice! And I do really appreciate the extra information about the shot.

Ruth Carll's picture

Beautiful! You captured the delicate nature of these birds perfectly!