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Cormorant, Venice Rookery

Beautiful light at the (relatively) newly opened-up side of the Venice Rookery. This Cormorant couldn't have posed better as she was preening.

The trick here was to realize that with a 500mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter, working at close distance, I needed to stop down considerably in constantly changing light to get foreground feathers and beak/eye in sharp focus. The other imperative was to realize my shutter speed would slow way down as a result. So I chose AE aperture priority mode (f/11), amped up my ISO to 640, and made sure to give a generous AE compensation (+ 2/3 stop) to make sure I had lots of detail in the bird's plumage. Exposure was 1/100, f/11, ISO 640.

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Taken on March 15, 2012