Sandhill Landing

One of the things I love about wildlife photography is the unpredictability inherent in every image. More often than not, things are happening so quickly that I’m never sure what I actually caught. It’s only after the fact that I discover details I couldn’t notice while quickly responding to what’s happening in the field. 

This shot, taken in the Bosque del Apache in New Mexico in late January, was the result of quite a bit of handheld experimentation with lower shutter speeds. I love how the flock of cranes is blurred while the crane who is coming in for a landing is still sharp – a result of panning the camera, following the bird through the lens while taking several images in rapid fire sequence. 

Photo Credits: Sandhill Landing by Susan J. Preston, Bosque del Apache, NM © 2019, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | 400kk (XF 100-400mm  f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR) | 1/170 sec  | f5.6 | ISO 3200


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