We had such a great workshop in San Diego County this year, that it's hard to know which images to show you. Here's a sample, I hope you enjoy them.
We found some Black Skimmers this year and it was fun to spend time with them. They are such unusual birds! The bill when viewed sideways looks so big, but if viewed straight on, it's actually very thin, for slicing through the water. I chose to shoot at f/8 because I was using the AF Selcetion Zone. After I pushed the aperture to f/8 I opened up the ISO to 800 so I'd have enough shutter speed.
Little Blue Herons have to be one of my favorite birds of Southern California. I think they've been found in Washington State a couple of times, and I saw them here once on an Eastside Audubon fieldtrip to Ellensburg. This one if fishing late in the day with some creamy light. I chose f/8 because the 600 with the 1.4 Extender can be a little soft, so then had to increase the ISO to 640.
This Snowy Egret was fishing by the Little Blue Heron. It's starting to get dark, but the light still had some color.
I love how his right foot is off the ground. Dancing or stretching the pouch? I could probably set this to music and post it on YouTube.
While I often curse the short battery life of the new Canon 7D Mark II, I got this shot because I had to walk back to the car and get a third battery for the day. So, I guess thanks Canon?
She's beautiful! Low angle from using the 600 mm lens on the ground pod Skimmer II. Shot this one pretty much wide open on the aperture so I could blur the background.
Get low and get eye level! I love Wood Ducks but this look is killer. Is he saying feed me or don't come any closer? Nice blurred background with the 600 at f/4!
Okay he was saying feed me. Toss a little corn, get an action shot. 1/320 of a second blurred the wing tips some, I like it when action and motion is implied by using a slower shutter speed.
Post breeding season the Heermann's Gull come up the Washington Coast in the summer, but it's great to see them in their year winter or year-around habitat. I chose to use f/9 becasue I was using Zone AF Selction points. In Zone mode the camera will pick up the closest part of the bird. So if the camera focuses on the wing, I wanted more depth-of-field so the eye would be sharp.
Flight photography with the 7D Mark II and Zone AF Selection points. It worked great. Fast auto focusing, 10 frames per second, and a nice tight shot from the 1.6 crop factor.
One of my favorite shorebirds, I like that bill. If shooting at a slow shutter speed, press your hand down on top of the lens to dampen any lens shake and vibrations. This trick will make your images sharper.
In camera HDR on the 7D Mark II, then de-saturated some in post processing. It was so red, so cool. Even the RAW files look too red. It was a nice ending to a great day of photography in San Diego.
Enjoy! Thanks Tim