Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Enjoying the Morning Sun - Curlew by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

March 2020 - Enjoying the Morning Sun - Curlew

About the Image(s)

How I did it: March, three years ago, some PSA friends and I visited one of my favorite “Honey Holes”, Ft DeSoto, located about 45 min. South of my home in Largo, FL. For a number of years we enjoyed the two adult Long-billed Curlews that graced our cameras on almost every visit. The day of our shoot was warm and sunny. As we approached a tide pool the Curlew was preening and enjoying the beautiful day. That was the last time we have seen a Curlew in that area. I carry a “Walk Stool” on all Nature shoots for three reasons, it allows me to sit and take the pressure off my well used knees, in many cases I can be low enough to make more intimate images at eye level with my subject and helps steady me almost as good as a tripod. I worked this bird for over an hour, preening, stretching and digging for and eating crabs. In order to make various images and create side light, Sun at my back and show the bird backlit, I moved several times around the pond. My tools for the day, Canon 7D Mark 11 coupled with the 100-400 f4.5-5.6 IS Canon L lens, hand held. “Enjoying the morning Sun-Curlew” was made on Aperture Priority at f8, 400 ISO at 1/1600th of a second. You will have to excuse me now as I must get prepared for the next Wildlife shoot, We in Florida are approaching peak season.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, Fort DeSoto is a bird photographer's paradise indeed. This image of the Curlew is so sharp that all the details in the feathers can be appreciated. The colors are well balance. Your vantage point as described is ideal and the background is so uniform that resembles a backdrop in the studio with no distractions enhancing the presence of the bird. Great image. The falling drops from the beak's tip add interest and action to the image.   Posted: 03/01/2020 10:40:28

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Erik, this is a superb shot with everything sharp and no distractions. I agree with everythinbg Isaac says.   Posted: 03/01/2020 11:42:51

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
Your writeup of this delightful picture was very instructive. If I were ever to try nature shooting I would reread your description to learn how to do it.   Posted: 03/10/2020 15:57:52

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
Wow this image is so clear and so sharp I feel I could reach out and touch the bird the lighting is superb and the background not only complimentary but etherial even by your high standards of nature photography this is exceptional.   Posted: 03/17/2020 15:41:13

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Perfect! It's difficult to improve upon perfection.
The colors are exact, it's sharp throughout. The only thing I may do is add a slight amount of subtle vignette to darken the edges.   Posted: 03/23/2020 13:43:01
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
I added a slight vignette at the onset. Will add a little more and then evaluate that change.   Posted: 03/23/2020 13:48:41