Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pic of the Day

     Mountain Bluebird – Moraine Valley; Rocky Mountain National Park: Moraine Valley is perhaps one of the best places that I have ever visited for Mountain Bluebirds.  The birds are very approachable and provide great opportunities for shooting.  This bird and its mate allowed me to stalk and take photos for an hour and half while conducting its normal daily activity.  The birds at Moraine are well adjusted to the park visitors. 
     I shot this image while the bird perched on a branch against a bright backgrounds of clouds.  To expose the bluebird with detail, instead of a silhouette I over exposed the CCD by more than 2 stops.  Over exposing the background produced a near white backdrop for the bird, while rendering the bluebird with detail and accurate color.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4 VRII, 1/200 sec. @ f6.3, Gitzo Tripod and Arca Swiss monoball head.

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