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PIC OF THE WEEK: 08/13/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Black-crowned Night Heron (‘Auku’u)

(Nycticorax nycticorax)

Where: Oahu, HI • Magic Island Park

Notes: Having just swallowed a large fish (SEE: 07-23-12), this Night Heron retreated into the shade to digest its meal. Fortunately, its choice of a perch was low in a tree that grew along the pond's edge. The shoreline was paralleled by a slight bank; that extra bit of incline, provided a more elevated vantage point. The even shade of the leaves and proper exposure, resulted in good detail in the highlights of this adult bird's contrasting plumage. Good exposure is sometimes difficult in brighter lighting conditions, for a black and white colored bird. I controlled the depth of field, by adjusting to a higher f-stop number of 7.1, instead of using the standard f-5.6. This was an attempt to get the entire bird in focus from a close distance, while simultaneously trying to keep the background leaves as soft and out of focus as I could. This technique provides additional contrast, between the subject and the backdrop. This was my favorite pose out of several from that encounter.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Markii • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/250 second • Aperture = f 7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 07-13-12

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