Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

August 23, 2010

Greater Yellowlegs

Filed under: Birds, composition, light — richditch @ 6:12 pm
Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

In my previous post I mentioned my low viewing position but didn’t really say why I was so low, so here’s more information on it.

I was at a bankrupt housing subdivision – one of the few benefits of the George Bush economy. A few streets had been laid out, and a few deep retention ponds had been dug. At one of these deep pits a friend had discovered some Burrowing Owls that I posted here in June.

Since the owls didn’t cooperate as I’d hoped on this visit on August 21 I looked for any other subjects I could work. I decided this single Greater Yellowlegs in the trace of water at the bottom of the hole was my best option. So, I made my way down the steep bank and got the shot of my RAV4 from just below the rim.

Since I was in a pit I didn’t get direct sunlight on the subject; instead my light came mostly from the partially overcast open sky above. The light was soft, but also a bit dim so at ISO 400 I could only get a shutter speed of 1/60th second with the lens at f/8. But that was fast enough when the yellowlegs stopped moving for a second.

I’ve placed the bird in the bottom right quarter of the frame. That allowed me to limit the amount of bright blue reflected on the thin layer of water – I thought too much bright blue distracted from the overall “quiet” feel of the soft tans.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/60th second at f/8.



  1. Rich,

    IN a way I am glad your owls didn’t cooperate, I would hate for you to have missed this shot. I like how you placed the Yellowlegs low in the frame and towards the right, which gives the bird space to “move” into. The setting is great. Your techs are wonderful as usual.

    Comment by Mia — August 26, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  2. the muted colrs are wonderfull! thanks for including all the technical info it is very usefull

    Comment by Brandon — September 3, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

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