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In this weird transition to Spring, I've had a couple chances to try to photograph this amazing flotilla of ducks. I'm estimating the total number at over 300, at least six different species: Ringnecks, Canvasbacks, Redhead, American Widgeon, Mallards, Greater Scaup (I think) and Coots. To see them all bobbing like a floating tapestry, especially in good light, has been a real treat.
These were all shot with a 1DIV, 500 II + 1.4 III, 1/(3200-4000), f/(5.6-8). I was too far away but there was no way to get closer. I started shooting when it seemed they'd drifted close enough to have some possibility of getting some in-focus and fortunately they continued drifting closer for a while. But it never really was close enough.
I've read a bit about DOF with the optics I was using. I was hoping f/8 would yield a little better results but especially on my second trip, it was quite windy and I'm still developing my technique. I had and considered setting the rig up on a tripod, but having seen the ducks fly off when alarmed, opted to do my best sitting on-shore and bracing as best I could.
Any tips, tricks or suggestions welcome--thanks!
1. 1/4000, f/5.6
2. 1/4000, f/5.6
3. 1/3200, f/7.1
4. 1/4000, f/7.1
5. 1/4000, f/8
6. 1/4000, f/8
7. 1/4000, f/8
8. 1/4000, f/8
9. 1/4000, f/8
Edited on Mar 11, 2017 at 04:40 PM · View previous versions