Mr. Wood Duck Closeups (3x)
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trailhiker
Registered: Jul 10, 2006
Total Posts: 4174
Country: United States

I met my good friend Lil Judd at the Los Angeles Arboretum this past Saturday -- and we had a blast. The birds were out in force, but what we really wanted to see were the resident Wood and Mandarin Ducks. The Mandarin proved somewhat elusive, but Mr. Wood Duck -- actually, at least 3 -- proved very amenable to having a 500 f4 stuck in front of them. All shots taken with the 7D and 500 f4 (Mark I ) on the BushHawk, ISO 200, and processed using my MacBook Pro laptop (my PC is having conniptions) and Canon DPP, then tweaked in Photoshop Elements 9; this will be the setup I'll be using during my 2013-? Life On The Road Tour, starting next May. Questions, comments, critiques and general mayhem welcome.

Best Wishes,
Steve



Greg Lavaty
Registered: Apr 18, 2012
Total Posts: 67
Country: United States

Beautiful shots of what is probably my favorite duck. I am also impressed that you are able to use the Bushhawk with your 500. I had one that pretty much immediately snapped in half when I tried to use it on my 500.

Great work and it sounds like you had a really great time!

Greg



trenchmonkey
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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QUACK!!



trailhiker
Registered: Jul 10, 2006
Total Posts: 4174
Country: United States

Thanks Greg! I've had my 500 f4 on my BushHawk for over 3 years now -- and it rarely comes off it. I take it on dayhikes using the BushHawk shoulder strap slung over my shoulder and on my back, and except for connector cord issues I've never had a problem with the match. I think the 500 is about as big a lens as you can carry comfortably on the BushHawk -- at least for me. But I was recently diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff that happened years ago without my knowing it, and perhaps that contributed to it. I'm in no pain, and the muscles around it have compensated for the injury, but I'm taking it a bit easy for awhile. Yep, had a GREAT time! It was one of those days that you felt you could see ANY bird -- and pretty much did...

Best Wishes,
Steve



trailhiker
Registered: Jul 10, 2006
Total Posts: 4174
Country: United States

trenchmonkey wrote:
QUACK!!


Shades of Mr. Zoom, aka Ken Tyler! Haven't heard that quack in awhile. Thanks for the quackery, Will!

Best Wishes,
Steve



Jude Perera
Registered: Jan 10, 2007
Total Posts: 8051
Country: Sri Lanka

Nice capture of the wood duck Steve.

Jude



Ted ellis
Registered: Aug 08, 2007
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Fantastic images Steve!

Ted



morris
Registered: May 22, 2002
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Super Steve

Morris



eyelaser
Registered: Oct 29, 2005
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Amazing colors of a beautiful bird...very well done.
Eric



Herb Houghton
Registered: Feb 15, 2007
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Real nice Steve, I'm liking #2 from this cool set.



birdied
Registered: May 02, 2010
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Fantastic shots!!

Birdie



dhb820
Registered: Aug 11, 2012
Total Posts: 923
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I've seen several of these beautiful ducks, but just can't get close enough with the equipment I have. Beautiful photos and amazing detail!



marklankton
Registered: May 23, 2008
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These are great to see -- what a duck indeed.
Mark



Lil Judd
Registered: Oct 19, 2007
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Nice Steve & it was wonderful to see you again

Lil



Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
Total Posts: 13974
Country: Canada

Very nice steve.

Rob



jodelak
Registered: Oct 25, 2009
Total Posts: 653
Country: Canada

Very nice captures of the woodie Steve!



PV Hiker
Registered: May 18, 2005
Total Posts: 525
Country: United States

Nice work on the wood duck. It is like the eye keeps following me.
Patrick



Tim Kuhn
Registered: Nov 29, 2006
Total Posts: 45043
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Great work Steve!!! Excellent job on the exposures. I'm betting it was wonderful fun to be out shooting with Lil again I'm going for the Daliesque shot

Tim



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
Country: United States

Super Wood Duck shots!!!

Kurt



Conrad Tan
Registered: Dec 08, 2007
Total Posts: 28399
Country: United States

#2 for me sir!



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