Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Piercing the morning sky

Piercing the morning sky

While photographing Pelicans with my 1000mm set up on the morning of July 29, 2015, at Ridgefield, Wa., a Great Blue Heron flew by at a perfect angle to the sun.  My instinct was to just, “shoot and ask questions later,” even with the 2x extender on my 500mm lens.  I already had the camera settings such that the white pelicans would not be blown out, so that turned out to be good for this heron, too.  The 2x really does a number on AF speed and accuracy and is never my ‘go to’ set up for flight shots.  But I couldn’t just pass up the shot.  The clear background (assisting the AF) and relatively slow speed of the bird were in my favor here.  Best viewed large!


Canon 5D Mark III, 1/2000, f8, ISO 640, 1000mm, 7:20 a.m.

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