Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/05/03

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Ruffed Grouse
From: ricc at (Ric Carter)
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 08:00:38 -0400
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really fine, the difficulty of your job indicates the effectiveness of camo 


On May 3, 2010, at 12:29 AM, Doug Herr wrote:

> This weekend I made a quick trip (for family) to Brookings Oregon, on the 
> Pacific coast just north of the California/Oregon border.  While there I 
> found a female Ruffed Grouse who was far more tolerant of a camo-clad 
> photographer than I expected:
> The background was a bit difficult to work with because of the clutter of 
> the leaf litter on the forest floor; also the grouse' preferred habitat is 
> the dense understory of the Pacific Northwest's temperate rain forest, so 
> getting a clear view of the bird meant getting really really close with an 
> ultrawide-angle lens (100mm APO in this case).  Now, about the 
> background... I wanted a darker background behind the bird's head, which 
> in this particular case was more distant.  The best way to get the dark 
> background was a very low camera angle, which meant on my belly in the 
> rain forest with huge banana slugs nearby.
> technical stuff: R8/DMR, 100mm APO, slight crop, shoulder stock, heavy 
> fog/light drizzle lighting.  All comments welcome.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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