Photographing loons can be rather tricky; you have to properly expose the black, whites and keep that stunning red eye lit up and not dark in the shadows. Positioning is very important, if you could keep yourself in between the sun and the loons with your back to the sun, most of the shots would come out okay. Though it didn't help when the loons drifted by the raft on the wrong side!
I also found keeping the camera steady to be a challenge. I tried to bring a tripod on the raft however that didn't work to well so I had to content myself with resting the camera on top of the life jacket all minors were supposed to be wearing (oops!) on the side of the raft. Though they can be difficult to expose they are very interesting to photograph and they seem to be rather curious too, often if I let myself drift in the lake, they would come within feet of me. I found this to be rather important too as I didn't want to disturb them so I would always try to let them come to me instead of me going to them. Here are a few of my better shots from the trip.
|Canon Rebel XSi; Manual exposure, 1/500sec., f6.3, ISO 400 with Sigma 150-500 f5.6-6.3 @ 289mm|
Another important factor is timing, just a split second later and I might have missed the water droplet in the photo above, that's why it helps to have high speed bursts!
More photos to come soon!