Monthly Archives: January 2010

Canon 7D – ISO 3200

Jan 23, 2010 – Wakodahatchee Wetlands – Gator. I waited for the light to get really miserable – cranked the 7D to ISO 3200 and shot this image. The image has not been edited or cropped – i used Lightroom to export it to JPEG in the sRGB color space – no resizing. You may click on the image to see the full resolution. I AM HAPPY!!!!!!!


Gator – ISO Test


EOS 7D – 500 mm IS, 1/800 at f 10.0, -2/3 EV, ISO 3200

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Low and Poor Light High ISO experiments

Saturday Jan 23, 2010 – Wakodahatchee Wetlands once more. I did not see what the forecast was but was the light poor – dark clouds with an occasional break. Time to test the 7d as I wanted to yesterday. I will post my ISO 3200 image in a subsequent blog – a straight conversion from RAW to JPEG.

Came across a family of Black Crowned Night Herons at the entrance – too separated for a good family portrait. Shot a few individuals. There is a lot of nesting activity and this female flew by just as I had put a card into my 1D.


Female Anhinga with Nesting Material


EOS 1D Mk II (my old faithful) 70 – 200 IS, 1.4x, 1/1000 at f 5.6 ISO 400

Posted in 7D, Noise Reduction

7D ISO 1000 Test

Friday January 22 – The light just kept getting worse as the afternoon progressed. I decided to go to Wakodahatchee and push the 7D a bit – ISO 1000 hand held. I was pleasantly surprised …………, next I will push it to ISO 2000 (only when the opportunity presents itself).

Great Blue Herons Ardea herodias Courting and Nesting
EOS 7D, 70 – 200 IS, 1.4x, 1/200 at f 5.6, ISO 1000

Posted in 7D, Noise Reduction

Sanibel & Ding Darling

Monday Jan 18 – A two and a half hour drive to Little Estero lagoon in Fort Myers Beach yielded nothing. I was hoping to get an image of the white morph – Reddish Egret. On to Sanibel Ding Darling WLR – a few roseate spoonbills in the distance and the usual compliment of shore birds.

The second pond was slightly better and this Reddish was preening presenting a decent photo opportunity.

Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens Preening
EOS 7D, 500 mm, 1.4x, 1/1000 at f 7.1, ISO 320

The remainder of the loop was unfruitful so I headed on to the fishing pier in search of the nesting Osprey pair. I wanted to capture images of them bringing in nesting material but was treated to one of the adults flying in with its catch and watch it devour it.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus feeding
EOS 7D, 500mm, 1.4x, 1/800 at f 8.0, ISO 320

Returned to Ding Darling before driving back to the East Coast. The light had improved and this roseate was strutting, bathing and preening.

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja display
EOS 7D, 500mm, 1.4x, 1/640 at f 7.1, EV -1/3 ISO 320

Posted in Photographs

Green Cay Wetlands

Sunday January 17, 2010 It rained all morning but cleared up for a early afternoon trip to the wetlands. “…there is a sora in the weeds just past the first gazebo…” were the first words I heard as i approached the Nature Center. I have been trying to get a decent image of this creature but had failed on each prior attempt. Finally…………

Sora – Porzana carolina
EOS 7D, 70-200mm IS, 1.4x, 1/500 at f 5.6, -1/3 EV

There are 2 or 3 pairs of Green Wing Teals in breeding plumage. The overcast sky prevents the display of the brilliant green – I need to get out there on a brighter day.

Green Wing Teal – Anas crecca
EOS 7D, 70-200mm IS, 1.4x, 1/640 at f 5.6, -1/3 EV

Posted in Photographs

A decision

>I know blogging is a commitment and I have finally decided to dive in.

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