I seldom post the same species two days in a row but for this photo I’ll gladly made an exception. The image was taken three days ago at Farmington Bay WMA.
1/3200, f/9, ISO 320, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM, not baited, set up or called in
I skipped over this shot on my first review of the unprocessed files from that morning because I assumed the head wouldn’t be sharp enough. Typically with the wings in positions similar to this my active focus points would lock on to one of the wings and I wouldn’t have enough depth of field to get the head (and/or the other wing) sharp. But I’d forgotten that I’d removed my teleconverter and that I was shooting at f/9 and that combination gave me significantly more DOF than I’m used to. As a result the entire bird is sharp or plenty sharp enough. Just goes to show the danger of making assumptions…
Every time I look at this image I find something more to like, including:
- the peekaboo position of the head poking out from between the two wings
- the asymmetrical wing position
- the left leg is extended straight back while the right leg is not
- I really like the curled talons of the right foot – immediately after the head and eye they’re what grabs my eye
- if we look carefully at the left leg we can see the feathers that extend all the way to the foot – an adaptation to extreme cold for this arctic species and the source of the name “rough-legged”
Perhaps the background is a little boring but overall this image quickly became one that I like very much.
So I decided to share.