2 – Twelve-Spotted Skimmer 5 Image Focus Stacks

I was going through my some of my back-up drives to clear up space for newer images. I am trying not to add even more drives that I have to deal with! As I was clearing up space I was finding interesting images that I have not posted here. These 2 images are of a Twelve-Spotted Skimmer dragonfly that was visiting my pond at my old home years ago. Both images are a series of 5 images focused at different points along the wings, tail & head. I used to use this technique when I could not get closer to my subject Dragonflies because they were out in the middle of my pond. I lowered my camera to look a little more up and to get a more colorful background on the Featured Image. I was using a Canon 7D with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon Flash with a Better Beamer Flash Extender to fill in more details on the Dragonfly. I was also using stacked Teleconverters with extension tubes in between so I only had a limited in-focus window. Arranging the Teleconverters & Extension Tubes in different orders or different size Extension Tubes gives you different zones of focus. So it takes a little practice to get used to using this technique for predictable results! The Dragonfly was 15.4 feet away (according to the Raw Data). The focused-stacked images were loaded into a Photoshop file and auto-aligned & auto-blended for the final images. The images of the Camera Setup showing the Extension Tubes & Teleconverters placement were on a Canon 1D MkIV. I did not have an image showing the 7D with this setup!

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer, 5 image stack with very close overlaps, 400mm DO, Fill-Flash w/ Better Beamer Flash Extender.
Camera Setup with Flash Extender & flash, Teleconverters & Extension Tubes (This was from a different day so camera here is a Canon 1D mk IV)
Camera Setup with Flash Extender, Teleconverters, Extension Tubes & Flash

Black Skimmer FlyBys & Skimming @ Brigantine Division

A series of images of Black Skimmers flying and skimming from previous trips to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville, NJ. The Featured image was taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a 400mm DO lens & 1.4x Teleconverter

Black Skimmer FlyBy, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Black Skimmer FlyBy, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Black Skimmer FlyBy, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mkIV
Black Skimmer FlyBy, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV

Great Egret Close Fly-By At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

I am going through my backup drives to clear out unneeded files and to make room for backing up recent files. I came across a drive with a lot of images from a trip to J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Florida many years ago that I never used. This is a series of 2 images of a Great Egret. The Featured image is a very close fly-by of the Great Egret taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Great Egret with meal, 400mm DO lens, Canon 7D

More Bald Eagles In Flight From Blackwater NWR

A series of Bald Eagle in-flight images taken over a few visits to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. I find Blackwater NWR has one of the largest amount of Bald Eagles in the Northeast and is a fairly easy drive to get there from my home. The Featured Image was a quickly taken 2 shot panorama to get both wingtips in the image.

Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV

Common Terns At Brigantine

I usually do not photograph some of the smaller birds I see at Wildlife Refuges. Usually they are far off in the distance or are very skittish and fly off. On this trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR these Common Terns were more cooperative. All images here were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIV. The last image in the series was actually a panorama shot as it was flying right at me and I wanted to get the right wingtip in also. So I quickly shot a series of images hoping to get the right wingtip in also for my final pano image.

Common Tern, 400mm Canon DO lens, 2X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Common Tern, 400mm Canon DO lens, 2X Teleconverter, 2 Image Flight Panorama, Canon 1D mkIV

Black Skimmer Skimming At Brigantine

A series of images of a Black Skimmer feeding as it was skimming through the water in one of the channels along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division. It seems like it also had a damaged feather on one wing. All images were taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a 400mm DO lens & 1.4X Teleconverter.

Black Skimmer, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Black Skimmer, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV

Blackwater NWR Bald Eagle

A series of images of two Bald Eagles taken at a previous trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland. The Featured Image was taken near the entrance to the Wildlife Drive. For the Featured Image I was using a Better Beamer Flash Extender to light the Eagle as it was very early in the morning and I did not have much light on my subject far away Eagle. I usually do not use Flash when photographing Wildlife but it was so far off I needed to throw some light on my distant subject that was in the shadows. Image taken with a Canon 1D mkIV, 400mm DO lens & a Better Beamer Flash Extender. Looking at my Raw Data, this Eagle was 115 feet away from me. I hardly ever use the Better Beamer Flash Extender for Wildlife but it just happened to be in the car from a Commercial Photo session.

Second Bald Eagle in a different tree from the First Bald Eagle.

The second Bald Eagle was only 65 ft. away from me and was more in the open so I did not need to use a flash to light the Eagle.

Bald Eagle Landing – 3 Image Blend

I was photographing this Bald Eagle as it was flying in to roost on this dead tree. It was making a loud squawking as it was flying in. Instead of using 3 images to show the Eagle flying in I put the 3 images into one image to show the Eagles flight path to the dead tree top. Images taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Bald Eagle Flying Closer

On a visit to Blackwater NWR I saw a Bald Eagle off in the distance. It was flying towards me so as it was getting closer I was tracking & taking images of it just in case it changed course. After I got a few images it veered off & flew away. But at least a got a few images of the Bald Eagle to post here.

Willet FlyBy At Brigantine

As I was photographing birds out in the water at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge this Willet flew close by me. I managed to get a few images as it went by.

Willet FlyBy, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Willet FlyBy, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
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