Sitting in the garden enjoying brief glimpses of warm September sunshine, I followed the activities of this Woodpigeon as it and a mate gathered twigs from the ground to build or shore up a nest in a nearby tree. The colours in the low sun were magnificent and it struck me that the myriad hues in the foliage behind the bird might make an interesting backdrop for a more abstract shot. I really like the result. For the technically minded, the shot is made possible by two key factors. The first is to close the aperture quite a bit (in this case all the way up to f/18) and bring the shutter speed way down, in no way attempting to freeze any of the action. In this example, the speed was reduced to just 1/30th of a second. The result – when one pans with the bird – is the streaming lines of the foliage behind the blurred movement of the subject. Anyone still awake?
|Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/30th sec, f/18, 400mm at ISO 400|