David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Anhinga

It’s also known as the “Snakebird”, swimming with body sumerged and long neck showing.  If you see them in the water try to follow them because they will usually come up with a fish in their beak.  With the lack of an oil gland they have to perch and spread their wings to dry out.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 200

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Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6, 1/30, ISO 200

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2 responses to “Anhinga

  1. Avinash Hindupur March 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I have a lot to learn from you. Really spellbound. Can you tell me how to get the settings right when on field?

  2. dda53 March 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Avinash, that is a difficult question and can better be answered by the experts. There have been may books written in great detail. But, for me, since I am usually at my location before the sun comes up I want to take advantage of the changing light conditions. I shoot mainly aperture priority. My lens is f/4 so that is where I start in order to get as much light into the camera. I want the shutter speed to be at least the focal length of my lens. With a 500mm I am looking for at least a 1/500 shutter. With low light this will mean raising the ISO accordingly. This will depend on the capabilities of your camera. I have a D4 and can run the ISO up high and not make much difference in the noise level. As the light level increases and my shutter increases my ISO will be reduced. The first hour of light is when most of the changes will be made. I will always take a quick picture and check my exposure on the histogram as the light or subject changes. I want to expose to the right, but….(and it’s a big but)….I don’t want to blow the highlights. The more I have taken pictures the better I have gotten reading the light and making the changes. It’s a work in progress and I enjoy learning. There are a lot of different methods but let the histogram be your friend and shoot in RAW. I hope this helped just a little.

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