Archive for November 17th, 2009



Just about to burn...Young Male Vermilion Flycatcher

There were more Vermilion Flycatchers  at Estero Llano Grande State Park than I have ever seen in one place before. The full adult males are one of hardest birds to capture on digital medium since the red/orange almost always saturates the sensor to the point where all detail is lost. Very tricky. This young male, however, is well within range, especially as posed here on a branch tip under the partial shade of a tree.  The gray tones of the tree and the out of focus greens just add to the overall composition.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at about 40x (1600mm equivalent field of view). 1/500th at ISO 100. Metered at about f5.0.

Very little processing in Lightroom. Added Clarity and Sharpen Landscapes preset.

From Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL.