Down The Hatch 1

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D300S
State/Province/Region
FL
Country
US
Town
Tarpon Springs
Description

Shot handheld, 1/3200th sec. @ f11, ISO 400, 440mm, (660mm equiv). I was in a park looking for raptors when I noticed this Great Egret feeding along the shoreline. It was amazing to watch the stalking and the capture tactics of the skillful predator. Each fish that was caught was promptly flipped from the tip of the beak to the back of the throat. I wanted to get a shot of the fish while it was in the air on its way "down the hatch". I was still too far away to fill the frame and I didn't want to scare him off so I SLOWLY crept closer after each series of shots. In order to get a sharp image I had to use a high shutter speed and single point servo AF. The contrast of the scene was very high so I had to use spot metering to get a decent exposure. Post processed in PSE 9.

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Date Added
August 7, 2013
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August 7, 2013