Bird Photography – Odd Man Out

So here’s a quick post from an image taken last December. I stood and watched these whistling ducks for over an hour before this White Ibis decided to crash the party. I never grow tired of watching nature tell a story. It’s very important to slow down while you’re out shooting and wait for the story to unfold. Trust me on this folks. You won’t be disappointed.

Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender monopod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/6.7 for 1/350th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.

10 thoughts on “Bird Photography – Odd Man Out

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Jeff. I recently have been mulling over some thoughts on how using primarily manual focus lenses (without the ability to conveniently switch to AF whenever you like) changes the way one takes photographs. I may write a short article on these thoughts one of these days.


    • Daros,

      Thanks for reading and for your comments. Slowing down gets easier with age. I was a very impatient photographer back in my twenties and always looked for faster ways to develop film and print enlargements. Now with digital, we all have the opportunity to slow down a little and enjoy our moment in time. Have fun exploring the world of manual focus. I envy you your vision. Without today’s auto focus technology I’d be lost.


  1. Patience paid off Big time Jeff, The contrast of the White Ibis with the ducks really works well. And how did you get the ducks to position the two bills so the lead you back into the photo.
    Glad to see you got some rain down there, hope it works out well for the Fall Safari.

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