Just a Normal Post on Wildlife Photography

Here’s a shot I took many months ago and decided to redevelop in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Blue-winged Teals generally swim in mating pairs and it’s difficult to get a good shot of a single bird in the water. This little beauty was kind enough to swim very slowly and let me get several shots before the sun completely set.

BTW – If the rumors are correct, Canon should be announcing something big either today or tomorrow. Probably another high pixel density DSLR with more wiz-bangs, golly-gee willikers and do-hickies than any of us really need. How do I know you ask? Because I just bought and new DSLR and being Irish, Murphy follows me around like a bad rash.

Swimming Alone

Swimming Alone
Copyright ยฉ 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender monopod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/8 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.

11 thoughts on “Just a Normal Post on Wildlife Photography

    • Chris,

      The 5D2 fits my photographic work (commercial, landscape, nature & some wildlife) very well but the new 7D would make a great bird photography or sports photography camera. It should be interesting to see if Canon has gotten the high ISO noise under control in an 18 MP APS-C size sensor.


  1. Yes Murphy followed you, but the 7D is a crop … now that’s what I’d call “luck of the Irish”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Michael,

      I’m a little surprised the new 7D (60D?) has an 18 MP APS-C (1.6x) sensor given the noise issues with the 50D’s 15 MP ASP-C sensor. Should be interesting to see some high ISO 100% crops.


  2. The new resulting picture is maybe better. More sharpen, maybe a bit more of contrast? I think I like it better.

    OTOH, seems like Murphy has been following you very close this time, 7D is out there ๐Ÿ™‚

    Which new cam did you buy, Jeff? Another 40D? Nikon?

    I bought myself a new cam <1 year ago (50D) so I don't think I'll be making a new purchase any time soon; but specs for 7D look great for birding (improved AF, more fps, even more resolutiondetail?)…

    We will see.

    • Hey Jaime,

      I bought a 5D Mark II for my commercial, landscape and nature work. Sold my 40D, 50D and all my EF-S lenses to be able to afford the 5D2 but for me, it’s worth it.


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