Photographing birds in their natural habitat.

Jevenile Black Tern by David Lilly

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 Black Tern Photographs Info by David Lilly

Some Bird Photographers have emailed me and ask for the Tech Info for the Juvenile Black Terns to the right of this article. 

I Used my Nikon D 7200 500mm F4 lens Handheld 1/3000sec at F 6.7

EV +2. Please note: Some processing in Lightroom was applied to the photographs.

These terns have to be the ultimate test for any photographer, especially with a 500mm lens handheld. I went handheld for these terns because it was way to difficult on a Monopod or Tripod, at least for me.

The light was a soft overcast at my back. My biggest problem was getting the tern in my viewfinder. The D 7200 had no problem locking on with 51 spot focusing mode. I recently tried the Nikon D 500, It has an excellent focusing system, but the D 7200 worked well for me and the image quality is excellent.

You may notice a difference in the white balance, this is because I have my camera set to Auto White balance. One more setting I don't have to worry about.

I also set my camera to Auto ISO bracketed from 100 ISO to 800 ISO.

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The Wood Duck is one of the most beautiful ducks we have in Canada. They are not a common duck and only seen in certain locations. Here in Calgary this Fall I have managed to get some very good photographs. I had to make several trips to the location. 

The overcast light in the photographs above is excellent to photograph the Wood Duck. Bright sun burns out the lighter areas.

My Technical Info for these photographs is:

1/400sec - F 7.1 ISO 720

Lens Nikon 500mm F4 on a D 7200 Body

I have my ISO set to Auto, Bracketed from 100 ISO to Max ISO 800

Wood Ducks by David Lilly

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