David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Photo Rescue

When shooting birds your subject isn’t always “clean”.  It’s usually another bird getting in the way as was with these two.  If it’s a twig, leaf or perhaps a small part of a bird along the edge I may remove.  But, if a bird is totally in the picture I just skip it, grin and move on.  I decided to give these a larger rescue crop for a different look.  Hope you like.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, EV -1.0, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2500s, EV -1.0, ISO 500


5 responses to “Photo Rescue

  1. Tim Timmis August 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Great shots David. You nailed the focus on his head in the first one. Good work.

  2. theandreweverett August 19, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Amazing captures. Did you stumble upon them or were you in position waiting for them to fly by?

    • dda53 August 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Andrew. Tim Timmis (check his blog out) told me the skimmers were active at Bryan Beach so that helped set the location. I first laid down in the muck but my back was giving me problems. I got up and took a little brake. I swapped from the ground pod to my tripod. I sat down and spread my tripod out to match my view. The skimmers would try one direction then change and come from another. This just continued. Every so often they would come straight for you then pull up, turn and go back the same direction. As long as you don’t stand you’re not perceived as a threat and they will tend to come in closer. This holds true for shore birds most of the time. Thanks for asking.

      • theandreweverett August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Thanks for the advice. I never thought much about lying low. Usually when i stand still birds seem okay, but I guess when I begin to move my camera they become worried.

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