27 January 2013

Drake Mallard landing on frozen lake

Every winter I have a go at this. The idea is to capture the moment the bird lands - and hopefully slips. Seems a bit cruel, but the images have a lot of impact and commercial appeal. I'm still working on the perfect shot, but this one I love for the amazing position of the wings - the wing tips are actually touching. It's poetry in motion.

To capture these images I use a straight 300mm f4 lens hand-held, set a shutter speed of around 1/1250 second and increase the depth of field (about f5.6). The resulting ISO here was around ISO 250 - meaning no problems with increased noise.

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