Sanford Morse  

Sanderling by Sanford Morse

November 2020 - Sanderling

November 2020 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

This is from a wildlife workshop, in the ocean off of Hilton Head. The sanderlings were my favorite shore bird, very little but very fast for such short feet. I wanted to capture the bird on a run, with both feet off the ground. Shot with a Canon 5D Mk IV and a Canon 100-400mm at 400mm (both of which survived my dunking when I stepped into some pluff mud), 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400.

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6 comments posted

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Sanford - I like your thoughts, and your capture. I like that you have cropped the image. IMO the crop should have a bit more room to the right, where the bird is headed, rather than where he's been. Nice detail and highlight in the eye. This definitely gives the impression of movement through the scene. Nicely done!   Posted: 11/09/2020 05:43:33

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Great shot Sanford. I really like the focus on the bird and the foot in the air. The water is also interesting with the reflection and the currents from the birds steps. Very well done.   Posted: 11/10/2020 20:15:08

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Congratulations on a great image Sanford. Capturing a bird on the wing is quite difficult, so I imagine capturing one on the run would also be just as difficult. Yes, it is usual to have any subject entering an image rather than exiting, but all in all this is an image you should be very proud of.   Posted: 11/17/2020 17:30:14

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
I've always envied wildlife photographers. I'm pretty sure I don't have the patience for things that move, especially ones that move fast. You have done a very nice job on this image Sanford. I have never heard of pluff mud. I had to look it up. Sounds like it can be dangerous in that area.   Posted: 11/19/2020 13:44:43

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Great imaqe Sanford, clear and razorsharp. I really like images of nature. Well done.   Posted: 11/21/2020 09:14:19

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I must disagree with some observations here and live up to my reputation as a contrarian! The bird and reflection are good. I very much like the ripples behind the bird that add a geometric contrast to the lines of the reeds/stalks so abundant in the image. For me, the story isn't about where the bird is going but what its path has done to set about a contrast of shapes, one of which is the bird and its reflection. The contrast between the white of the bird and the darkness of the water is also excellent. The only thing I would do differently is the crop (my photojournalist eye) as seen here.   Posted: 11/21/2020 10:11:51
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