Fast and Slow

More games with the shutter speed today. The slow shots are of the local heron which stalks the local pond on most mornings. As with previous shots there has only been slight editing to enhance the contrast and to heighten the colours marginally.

The same technique was used on one of the local magpies.

By lunchtime the sun had cleared the mist away, and I was able to take some more conventional shots, including this green woodpecker which was doing its utmost to hide from me.

At this time of year the sun is never high, which means you can put the available light to good use. The ducks were being cooperative. Plenty of splashing and diving.

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

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  1. cakkleberrylane November 22, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Fast and slow indeed! Awesome shots! They each have their own characteristics. Totally different, but both beautiful!

  2. derWandersmann November 22, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    The herons are really good, and I love the magpie!
    The woodpecker tries to escape your notice by turning its bright red patch toward you? Ain't evolutionary biology grand?
    The first duck picture is almost unreadable, but the second is art!

  3. gdare November 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Looks like magpie is flying as fast as the airplane 😆

  4. Words November 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    dW, I thought you might like these heron shots. The first duck looks better in full size. I almost didn't post it once I'd looked at the preview. Maybe I should have cropped tighter on the detail.

    Woodpeckers always try to hide, but at least this one didn't creep round to the other side of the trunk (their usual tactic).

  5. Words November 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Lois, thanks! It was nice to have a choice of technique.

  6. Words November 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Darko, very nearly! I struggled to keep pace with it.

  7. SittingFox November 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Love that last duck pic :up:

    Nice to see the woodpecker – especially nice to see some colour at this dark time of year!

  8. Words November 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Adele, thanks! I'm always pleased to see the woodpecker. I spotted him flying across the pond and (for once) was able to locate his perch.