Hawk FlyBy

During a walk at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge this hawk did a fairly close fly-by as we were walking on the trails. I was able to get a few shots as it went by using a 100-400mm lens @ 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter. The featured image was as it was almost overhead giving me a better image.

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7 Image iPhone Panorama

Another panorama from our trip to Florida in February. For this panorama I chose to shoot with the 1.5mm lens on my iPhone 11 Pro. This would be an equivalent field of view of 13mm on a full frame camera.  I shot 2 rows of images, top row 4 images and bottom row had 3 images.  Somehow I miscounted on the bottom row, but it worked out anyway. I selected the files and adjusted the phone jpegs in Adobe Camera Raw before opening them into one layered file in Photoshop. I have my Adobe Camera Raw setup to open jpegs as raw files with settings. I tried setting the iPhone to shoot HEIC raw files, but that just slowed down the camera and did not see much of a difference in quality only a much larger file size. The panorama images below are multiple images in one row, combined and blended in Photoshop.

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Another Multi-Image version of the same view. This time a one row, multi-image blend shot with the 1.5mm lens.       (Each Image in Series Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)

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2 image iPhone panorama, shot with 4.3mm lens.                (Each Image in Series – Full Frame Equivalent 26mm)

Snowy Egret Bad Feather Day

These are from a previous visit years ago to Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLand Florida. The wind picked up some and I liked the ruffled feathers on this Snowy Egret. I was using  100 – 400mm zoom with a 1.4x teleconverter to get a little closer view.

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Bittern FlyBy

It was nice to see a Bittern fly by me at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. And I was able to get a flight shot as it went by. I wish I had seen it coming so I could have gotten a few images as it was coming towards me. But it was still fun to see in flight!

Foraging Sandhill Crane

Usually you see the Sandhill Cranes foraging in the grasses for meals, but here they are foraging in the waters at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. It was fun to see them in a different setting!Sandhill_Crane_Forading_v2_LW_560mm_100-400_1-4x_Y9F8431Sandhill_Crane_foraging_v2_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F8433Sandhill_Crane_v3_lw_1-4mm_1_4X__Y9F8318

Sora Foraging

It was fun to find a Sora foraging in one of the channels at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLand Florida. They are a small secretive bird that forages for food in the shallow waters in the Refuge. This was the only one I have ever seen, plus have the opportunity to photograph. Usually they are hidden in the vegetation as they are feeding. They seem to constantly move pecking in the water looking for snails and other food. This was an interesting visit because I was also able to photograph the Limpkin on the same visit.Sora_LW_v2_400mm_1_4X_Y9F9020Sora_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F9021Sora_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F9014

Foraging Limpkin

I photographed this Limpkin foraging for snails at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge years ago. I was going through backup drives cleaning out unnecessary files to clean up storage space and backing up other files. In the process I found these images of the Limpkin.  Limpkin_v2_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F8869Limpkin_v2_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F8826a

Another Lake Woodruff NWR Landscape

Here is another 2 image iPhone Landscape panorama from our visit to Lake Woodruff NWR in Florida. The 2 images were brought into Photoshop on 2 separate layers, then I let Photoshop align and blend them into one final image. In this image if you look closely you will see 9 Black Vultures on the path. The images were shot with the 4.3mm lens (full frame FOV equivalent would be 26mm). In previous visits years ago the vultures would sometimes follow you around on the paths. When this first happened it was a little unnerving to have a large bunch Vultures follow you for a quite while. As we walked they were making a hooting noise. At least this time they flew away if we walked close.

Great Egret Landing

When we were photographing the Otters at Lake Woodruff NWR, this Great Egret flew in by the Otters. I liked the sunlight highlighting the feathers in the wing as it was landing. I was using a Canon R with a 300mm lens. The Canon R holds the highlight details much better than my other Canon cameras and has better shadow detail also.

 

More Sandhill Crane Mult-Image Panoramas

On our visit to Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLand Florida, it was amazing how the Sandhill Cranes seemed to not be bothered by people. But then again there were not many people around. So maybe they were just curious. We did not try to get close to them, but they walked right up to us as to check us out. We were a little nervous at first but they just seemed to be checking us out and went on their way foraging in the grass. It is a little intimidating to have such a large bird get that close to check you out. They are about 4 ft tall and have about a 7 ft wingspan. The trouble was I had to shoot series of panoramas to get the entire Sandhill Cranes in. Usually you can never get close enough to fill the frame with birds! The featured image is made from 2 images, @ 300mm and assembled in Photoshop. The amount of images per pano is also a guide as to how close they were to us! The more images per panorama the closer they were!

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Sandhill Crane 2 Vertical Image Pano, 300mm Close Focusing lens

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Screen Grab of Initial Setup letting Photoshop align and blend 5 handheld images before Photoshop filled in the blank areas with content aware fill feature.

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Final Image With content Aware Fill added and other adjustments for density, etc. added.

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Sandhill Crane 8 image Panorama, 300mm lens

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