Thursday, May 14, 2020

Rainbow over the Bued River

A rainbow formed over the Bued River as the sun was setting yesterday. The spectacle was so vivid that it tempted me to risk flying a drone even in light rain. Fortunately, the drone came back without any issues.

I had to shoot a 9-frame panorama to get an ultra wide view of the scene, as a single frame just could not contain the whole rainbow. 


Shooting info - Bued River, northern Philippines, Mavic 2 Pro, f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/80 sec., manual exposure in available light, stitched 9-frame panorama.    


Monday, April 20, 2020

Portrait of a Grey Wagtail at ISO 3200


Our friendly neighborhood Wagtail's throat is now molting to black (its breeding plumage). Pretty soon, it will have put on enough weight (fuel) to make the long flight to its breeding grounds across the South China Sea.

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Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, migrant) 

Habitat - Streams and forest roads at all elevations. 

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 21, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/640 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, uncropped full frame resized to 800 x 533. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A thirsty Red Turtle-Dove at the Bued River

While I was waiting in my make-shift blind for the friendly Grey Wagtail to make an appearance, this Red Turtle-Dove came in for a drink at a watering hole by the bank of the Bued River. 

My target bird (GWT) did appear briefly, and its throat is now visibly darker than it was three days ago. Hopefully, it will stay for over a week more, until its throat becomes fully black. 

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Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, resident)

Habitat - Open country or lawns. 


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 15, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, major crop resized to 800 x 533. 
 



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 15, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, major crop resized to 800 x 533. 


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Capturing the Grey Wagtail at a low angle

The Grey Wagtail that I saw a few days ago has become a regular guest at a watering hole along the banks of the Bued River. Its visiting hours are now quite predictable, allowing me to set up a make-shift blind so I can capture it quite close.

For this job, I brought out my old EF 400 f/2.8 IS from its storage box - its 3.0 meter MFD and its extreme sharpness at wide open even with a 2x TC should be very useful. The combination of long focal length and close shooting distance should melt the background and foreground elements very nicely.

My old 5D MIII gets mounted as well - I need relatively fast shutter speeds to freeze the actively foraging bird, and sometimes I had to bump up the ISO to get the Tv fast enough. The larger FOV is likewise very helpful when trying the locate the forager while shooting in a prone position. There are plenty enough pixels with the 5D MIII to allow me to crop later in PP, and still retain the ability to make large prints.

Finally, I had to support the whole shooting rig (over 14 lbs.) with a bean bag which is lying on the ground. To protect my beer belly while shooting prone, I used a flattened cardboard box. I suffered from a terrible stiff neck after a few minutes of shooting, but it's a lot of fun.... certainly making the Covid-19 lockdown more bearable. :) 

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Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, migrant)

Habitat - Streams and forest roads at all elevations.


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 12, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/800 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.
  1500 x 1000 version



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 12, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 640, 1/640 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, major crop resized to 800 x 533.

  1500 x 1000 version



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 12, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/640 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, major crop resized to 800 x 533.
   1500 x 1000 version



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 12, 2020, Canon 5D III + EF 400 f/2.8 IS + EF 2x TC III,
800mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/640 sec, manual exposure in available light, bean bag on the ground, major crop resized to 800 x 533. 
  
   1500 x 1000 version

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Grey Wagtail at Bued River

The monotony of the Covid-19 lockdown was broken somewhat when I noticed a familiar creature at a riverside puddle near where I'm quarantined. 

From afar, it's unmistakably a wagtail species. This made me rush to my photo gear to try and get some captures. 

This particular specimen is not the prettiest I've seen, but it's nonetheless a welcome distraction from the daily grind of waiting for the coronavirus storm to pass. 

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Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, migrant)

Habitat - Streams and forest roads at all elevations.


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 7, 2020, Canon 7D II + EF 400 f/4 DO II + EF 1.4x TC III,
560mm, f/5.6, ISO 640, 1/400 sec, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.
  1500 x 1000 version


Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, April 7, 2020, Canon 7D II + EF 400 f/4 DO II + EF 1.4x TC III,
560mm, f/5.6, ISO 640, 1/400 sec, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.
 1500 x 1000 version

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tiny bees in flight (240 fps slomo)

A short footage of tiny bees (the smaller ones are less than 5 mm total length) filmed in natural habitat at 1080/239.76p and processed to 1080/23.976p (10x slomo). 

Shooting info - Bued River, northern Philippines, March 21 and 22, 2020, Sony RX10 IV, tripod/ball head, 600 mm (equivalent), various aperture and ISO values, 1/500 sec, manual exposure in available light, manual focus, stabilization off.



Friday, February 21, 2020

Tough-to-expose Vanta

Vanta, our 16-week old female Shi-Chi (mixed breed Shih Tzu + Chihuahua), is one tough puppy to photograph well. 

Her black color and the usual lighter background stress the sensor dynamic range and AF performance of the RX10 IV. The hair over her nose makes it tough to get a photogenic capture of her eyes.

She is a very spirited puppy, and fortunately the RX10 IV has a 24 fps burst rate with good continuous focus. This allowed me to freeze the peak moments of her full-speed runs.



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 18, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 18, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 18, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Catching active puppies with the RX10 IV's 24 fps burst shooting

MAGNUS, a 16-week old male Shi-Chi puppy (mixed Shih Tzu and Chihuahua).

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 12, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 599 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 200, 1/2500 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533. 



Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 12, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 599 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 200, 1/2500 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, near full frame resized to 800 x 533. 
Link to the 1800 x 1200 version



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 KRETO, a nearly 8-week old male Labrador puppy. 

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, February 12, 2020, Sony RX10 Mark IV, 600 mm equiv., f/4, ISO 200, 1/1600 sec,
continuous focus, manual exposure in available light, hand held, uncropped full frame resized to 800 x 533. 

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