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Old 04-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Birds

I like birds. We saw these in the Ocean.







Please share your favorite seabird pictures! I'm not a good wildlife photographer yet. Just got a fancy new camera though (Canon 7d) and am determined to get better at it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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While not all of these are seabirds they all hang about near our inside waters here. Except the tropicbird, the one photo here I didn't take.

The raven is my favorite bird (and the smartest), but the tropicbird is a very close second and is certainly the most beautiful bird I've ever seen. I took photos of them when we were filming on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean but none of them are as nice as this shot. Our boat's flag is a reproduction of this photo.

Jean Francois de La Perouse, the person our boat is named after, was the naval commander in what is today Mauritius and he also had connections with what is today Reunion. The tropicbird is the official bird of Reunion. I also saw them a lot while fishing in Hawaii.

The owl is a Snowy Owl, shot taken in BC.
The shaggy black bird is a raven, shot taken up the north end of Vancouver Island.
The eagle shot was taken in the same place.
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Wonderful pictures, thanks! I have just obtained a nice long lens and now will be able to get some good shots. I enjoyed your first post from the other thread you started.
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My favorite things to photograph are birds and wildlife. I don't get chance to do it too much, though. Work gets in the way. Water birds are really tough.

Here is a link to my wildlife photography site.

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A 7D is a great camera. You will have a lot of fun with it.
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I've taken bunches over the years here are a few of my favorites
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Very nice shots, Steve. Is the last one a bittern?
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Is the last one a bittern?
Looks like a Green Heron.
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...green heron. Sorry, Steve. I just looked and stepped in. Nice shot!
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My favorite things to photograph are birds and wildlife. I don't get chance to do it too much, though. Work gets in the way. Water birds are really tough.

Here is a link to my wildlife photography site.

rusty lewis photography

A 7D is a great camera. You will have a lot of fun with it.
Blown away... I can only dream of producing images like those! So far I'm using lightroom to import and edit my photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Steve, very nice! Thanks.
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Lightroom is the tool to use. Shoot RAW. Thanks for the compliment!
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Rusty-- Outstanding shots, all of them.

A suggestion--- your descriptions of each shot are good but are often almost impossible to read as the text color blends with the photo itself. You might want to think about making your text white or some color that does not fight with the photo.
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Rusty-- Outstanding shots, all of them.

A suggestion--- your descriptions of each shot are good but are often almost impossible to read as the text color blends with the photo itself. You might want to think about making your text white or some color that does not fight with the photo.
Yeah .. the text is supposed to be in the white space on the left side of the photos. Depending on the size of the browser window it appears in the wrong place. It's a problems with the template. I was hoping the host would resolve it. Otherwise, I just need to remove all the text.
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I think this was intended for me .... Yeah .. the text is supposed to be in the white space on the left side of the photos. Depending on the size of the browser window it appears in the wrong place. It's a problems with the template. I was hoping the host would resolve it. Otherwise, I just need to remove all the text.
I fixed the name reference, sorry about that. Thanks for the explanation of the text placement. I'd keep the text if you can as the captions do a nice job of answering the questions every viewer will have--- what is it, where is it, what's it doing?

Very impressive, shots, regardless of the captions. Have you ever considered doing a calendar with them? I don't know if there's much return on investment in calendars but you've certainly got shots that I think a hell of a lot of people would enjoy having on their wall at home or in an office. I certainly would.

Good job. What kind of camera(s) do you use and what focal lengths?
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Very impressive, shots, regardless of the captions. Have you ever considered doing a calendar with them? I don't know if there's much return on investment in calendars but you've certainly got shots that I think a hell of a lot of people would enjoy having on their wall at home or in an office. I certainly would.

Good job. What kind of camera(s) do you use and what focal lengths?
Thanks. I've sold a few prints here and there, but mostly I just do it for fun. I would love to sell more, but I haven't put much effort in to it. Now if I could combine boating and nature photography and quit my day job .... and figure out how to make some money at it, that would be great.

Currently I am using a Canon 1D Mark 4 and a 5D Mark 3. Most of the bird shots are with a 600 f/4 or a wide angle.
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I few images I have captured through the years.

1. brown pelican
2. double-crested cormorant
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6. horned grebe (winter)
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I searched hi and low for my bird shots and they just aren't on this computer. In the back side of Catalina Island at Cat Harbor is where penguins feed every afternoon in the shallow back bay. I have many shots of them diving and hitting the water. There is always a few seagulls looking for a free lunch too.

All of those pictures above are great. I love photography. I'm going to start a sunset and sunrise page. I love those too and have a few great shots.
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Rusty and Ray--- You've both done a great job of illustrating what to my wife and I is one of the real pleasures and advantages that boaters have that nobody else does. And that's the opportunity, or privilege really, in my view, of seeing some of the unique forms of life on this planet close-up and personal.

When you see these animals and birds and even jellyfish in their natural environment as opposed to a zoo or aquarium or nature book or YouTube video, I think that-- for someone who cares about this stuff-- it gives us a much better understanding of how everything on this planet is related and connected.

While my wife and I have had and continue to have wonderful opportunities and experiences in the floatplane and the two boats to see and watch the amazing variety of life that calls this whole inside waters environment home, I envy people like Scott and Murray and Northern Spy the even greater opportunities they must have because they live up there year round. And from their posts I get the impression they are as attuned to the life around them as those of us who've participated so far in this thread.

Kind of preachy, I know, but I've been writing a script the last few days for a video I've been asked (well, told) to produce to try to keep pilots the world over from running their planes off the runway when they land. So I'm in a sort of "preachy" mode anyway.

Thanks for putting up your photos and helping remind us, or at least me, of how great it is to be on the water.
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I have some shots of DNR agents destroying thousands of Cormorant eggs as the species has been deemed a menace to the Great Lakes ecology....but it appears the thread is headed in another direction...
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