This weekend on the river was very different from most. Due to the fires burning both east and west of Sacramento and some cloudy conditions it never really got very bright out all morning long. While that did eliminate any contrast problems, it certainly made photography more challenging.
Two of my favorite images of the weekend came when I was able to approach a Great Blue Heron standing on the shoreline. I knew it would eventually fly away, so I anchored my kayak a short distance further back and waited.
Since this was going a flight sequence shooting, I set the shutter to 1/4000 of a second to freeze the action and set the aperture at f/10 to try and have a little depth of field.
Unfortunately since it was so dim outside (smoke, haze, etc.) that gave me an ISO of 6400 on Auto ISO. I knew this was the pushing the quality limit of my 7D Mark 2 camera, but opted for the fast shutter and aperture setting, and went for it.
The images turned out, but I’ll always wish it was 1- 2 stops brighter out on that particular morning!
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September 26: Modesto, CA area (Stanislaus County Library in Salida)
“My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”
A live presentation of my multimedia presentation documenting a year on the American River.
November 16- 18: West Palm Beach, Florida
“Create Stunning Nature Images / Everglades Photography”
Learn nature photography with a class that is a combines field and post processing sessions.
December 11-13 San Francisco, CA
“Sights and Lights of San Francisco at Night”
Spend a weekend doing night photography in San Francisco as it is lit up for the holiday season. This 3 day session is sponsored by Canon Live Learning and we use their San Francisco classroom for the teaching sessions and then are bussed to locations around the city to photograph at night. Take advantage of the bonus opportunity of Canon’s presence to try out new lenses, cameras and to receive a free print of one of your images!
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