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ovosphotography May 25, 2015
great!
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Hood February 21, 2017
This is wonderful - well caught!!
 
Mspower December 16, 2018
Great capture

Ospreys



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken a along a channel of the Kootenay River at Duck Lake near Creston, British Columbia.
Time
I spent an hour or so capturing these Ospreys coming and going from the nest. This photo was taken around 9:30 am.
Lighting
I had made it a point to get to this location in the morning when the nest area would be well lit from the front.
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III & a EF600mm f/4L IS USM lens & 1.4x teleconverter mounted on an Induro tripod with a gimbal head.
Inspiration
I noticed this nest the day before but the lighting wasn't the greatest and knew if I returned in the morning I would have a better chance at getting some good shots. I was also hoping to capture one of the ospreys returning to the nest with a fish. In the end I was happy with the result.
Editing
I did the usual levels & curves tweaks, as well as cropping & some sharpening in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III as my primary body and a 7D as a backup. The lenses I carry are a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L & a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L with a Canon 1.4x & 2x teleconverters. I also use a Canon EF 600mm f/4L lens for birds & wildlife, but don't usually carry it very far. I use a Manfrotto tripod & ballhead for landscapes & an Induro tripod with a gimbal head for bird photography.
Feedback
Scouting the area is important as well as knowing when the light will be best at a specific location. If you have the opportunity, take some time to watch what the animals are doing, which will allow you to anticipate the best time to get that winning shot.

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