Reddish Egrets From J.N. Ding Darling NWR

A series of Reddish Egret Images from a previous trip to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Florida. All images were taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter. The Featured image is 2 Reddish Egrets Foraging for a meal by one of the viewing areas close to the Wildlife Drive. Here there is a sand dune out in the water fairly close to the Wildlife Drive so it is a good spot to photograph the action of the birds interacting with each other.

Reddish Egret Preening in the shallow water in front of the sand dune by the Wildlife Drive

Uprezzing Raw Images In Adobe Camera Raw

When we are at National Wildlife Refuges you often see interesting subjects way off in the distance, but too far away to get good images. Adobe has an “Enhance” feature now that you can “enhance” to Double the size of the image but it only works for certain “Raw”types. But many times I want more enlargement than “Enhance” gives you. I almost always shoot “Raw” images because I can get more detail & adjust them somewhat before opening them in Photoshop. Using Camera Raw I can also “UpRez” my images when using Adobe Camera Raw Data. This way of super uprezzing seems to work quite well most of the time. All you have to do is enter larger amounts in the Image sizing window in the Camera Raw Size Panel. Give it a try! You can also add a “High Pass” Sharpening Technique layer over the final image to enhance the sharpness more. Just adjust the opacity of the sharpness layer to what you like. I have found that when you adjust this lessen the amount a little more for better results. There are other ways to upRez but this is what I use quite often plus it is in your Adobe Photoshop already. So it easily works in my Image Workflow. Also the images here are downsized to 1200 pixel size for WordPress posting so the Full image has much more detail.

Black-Crowned Night-Heron, 400mm Canon DO Lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Screen Grab Showing Up Rezzing image settings by entering higher width number
Full As Shot Great Egret in Trees Image. 400mm DO Lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mk IV
Great Egret, Image Uprezzed & Cropped Showing Detail

Mergansers Swim-By In Late Afternoon Warm Light

I was going through some of my Backup Drives to clean-up unneeded files & found this 2 image panorama of 4 Mergansers swimming by in the warm late afternoon light at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale NJ. The image was taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon 1.4X Teleconverter .

Eastern Pondhawks At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

We usually like going to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland for photographing Bald Eagles. It usually has one of the largest amounts of Bald Eagles in the Northeast. But in the Summer I also like it for the large amounts & different types of Dragonflies you can find. Here I am posting some images of Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies. Blackwater has a long Wildlife Drive so you can find a large variety of Dragonflies because of the different varieties of habitats along the Drive. Some of the best areas are by the Observation Platform that goes out above the grasses over the water & along the Wildlife Drive where there is standing water on both sides of the Drive.

Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly, 400mm DO lens, 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly, 400mm DO lens, 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV

Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk From Brigantine

I am still going through backup drives for images to post here. These are from a trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in March of 2014. We were out of the car along the 2 way section of the Wildlife Drive when I noticed a hawk on one of the treetops. I am not great at ID’ing hawks, but I believe it is a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk. Let me know if I am wrong! Anyway, it posed for me for quite a while. I slowly moved closer, little by little & did not want to bother it or scare it off. I was able to get some interesting images before others gathered to see what I was photographing and got to close to the tree it was on. Here are a few of the images taken as I was slowly getting closer until others noticed what I was photographing and scared the hawk off. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII, handheld.

Immature Little Green Heron

I was going through backup Hard Drives, cleaning up files I do not need and found these images of an Immature Little Green Heron in the trees near it’s nest. These were from The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ in 2007. I was using a Canon 1D mkIII with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter, giving me 800mm to help fill the frame with the immature Little Green Heron. It was fun to get some frame filling images of this immature Little Green Heron. Usually they are very timid and not out in the open.

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