When I saw this assignment I knew what I was going to submit, it was just a question of which way I was going to do this.
This is a great white egret in flight. Panned at 1/250th of a second at 400mm with my 100-400L on the Canon 40D
I was at my normal hang out today. I already had several shots for the pca to choose from but wanted to try and get something closer.
This location is a set of turns where the river is very thin as it comes through the cypress dome. The birds come in on a turn, follow the water the turn again at 90 degree angle where I set. So its a high banked turn.
In the morning the sun comes in from my right and normally the birds come in from the left. So it was just a matter of setting up correctly and getting some luck with the right bird. I was working on panning trying to get some smaller birds and this dang kingfisher while I was waiting.
Here came a big old white egret so I focused on the wings instead of the eyes and waiting for the turn in front of me. I clicked off a few frames of the flight.
This one is slightly cropped to take out the birds body (which was cut off in the bottom of the frame) just leaving the wings and the bit of blur from the panning of the light through the Cypress trees.
I liked the structure of the feathers which was the main idea I wanted to capture, but the bone structure of the wing was the big bonus that made me pick this one.
Back light on bird photos is something I have been working on for some time now. Getting the light to come through the wings really gives a nice detail.
EXIF for those interested
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Focal Length: 400 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Center Point Metered