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Bird on the Beach

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

I went for a stroll on the beach just outside of Fundy National Park and came across a sanderling. I really love photographing this species of shorebirds, and since I had my camera with me and time to kill, I figured I'd take photos of the bird for as long as I could, which ended up being a good hour of shooting! I would have kept shooting more, but the sun had gone down and it was getting too dark to shoot.

The cute little shorebird, the golden light of the sun reflecting on the colourful wet rocks and the splashing ways from the Bay of Fundy are what really make these images for me.

All photos were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mark II.


One shot I'm particularly happy with is this one of the bird with the golden sky in the background.

At first, it may seem like it's not much different from the other shots above. However, this is an HDR image, a combination of 3 bracketed exposures. I usually use this shooting technique when creating a landscape image in a high contrast situation. The thought of creating an HDR wildlife image had never even crossed my mind, until I noticed that perfect golden sky in the background. I knew I had to find a way to retain that colour while properly exposing the bird.

I laid flat on the wet rocks, held my camera as steady as I could (was shooting handheld) and shot three images at various exposures. Luckily, the bird did not move a hair during that period, so I was able to easily merge the 3 images in Lightroom.


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