Cormorant at Falmer

It was another relatively mild day today. No sign of the Canada geese from Monday, but a cormorant did pay a brief visit to Falmer Pond.

Cormorant running on water

Cormorant running on water

Now for a little bit of colour coordination: three almost identical shots taken within less than a second as the cormorant flew in front of the wooded fringe that abuts the south side of the pond.

Cormorant

Cormorant on White

Cormorant

Cormorant on Blue

Cormorant

Cormorant on Green

And now one taken earlier… when the cormorant was flying in for its brief visit. I just like that it’s a clear blue sky. I’ve not seen many of those lately.

Cormorant

Cormorant on Blue

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Woodland Scenes

I’m still in something of an experimental mood with the camera, and spent some time today taking more woodland shots. The technique is the same as I’ve used previously, but I’m attempting to learn a little more control. I also took a wider lens out with me, in addition to the 100-400.

The first two shots here were taken with the long lens.

woodland scene

Shutter 0.8s, aperture f/22

woodland scene

Shutter 0.6s, aperture f/22

There’s noticeably less ‘motion’ in the second image. I delayed slightly before zooming, and probably zoomed more slowly. I’m still exploring the variables and how they affect the image (90% of the time they affect it directly into the recycle bin), but I’m getting a better notion of the type of setting that is likely to work, and I’m slowly increasing the likelihood of the shot looking something like I expect it to.

One of the difficulties I’ve found with the long lens is that it is quite hard to zoom smoothly while keeping the camera steady. I know that using a tripod would help, but even then the zoom mechanism is relatively firm and the barrel needs a significant turn to cover the whole range. The next two shots were taken with the 24-105 lens. It’s altogether lighter and faster to use, and obviously at the wide end takes in more of the scenery. It’s also a lot easier to zoom quickly, even with a faster shutter speed.

woodland scene

Shutter 0.6s, aperture f/22

woodland scene

Shutter 0.4s, aperture f/22

Camera note: photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

Canada Geese at Falmer

Just a very few early morning shots today. I spotted them as soon as I arrived at the pond. I’m used to seeing geese there, but these two weren’t the usual greylags. Two Canada geese were quietly gliding across the water.

Canada geese

To be completely honest I can’t recall if Canada geese have shown up previously at Falmer, but they are undoubtedly not regular visitors to the local pond. They were keeping to themselves, and the greylags were leaving them be.

Canada geese

Canada goose

Nothing from the rest of the day, but I’m hopeful of a partly decent week in terms of the weather so maybe something more tomorrow night.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.