CANON EOS 7D, CANON EF 100–400MM F/4.5–5.6L IS II USM LENS, 400MM, F/5.6, 1/160S, ISO 800

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS -

Glenda cap­tured this tomtit on a trip to the Waikaia Bush at Piano Flat, north­ern South­land, on a pho­to­graphic trip in­tended to trial dif­fer­ent ex­po­sure tech­niques in the low-light con­di­tions of the na­tive bush. While the Waikaia Bush is gen­er­ally home to a num­ber of friendly robins, on that par­tic­u­lar day, they weren’t to be seen. As a re­sult, the tomtits were a bit friend­lier than usual — the bright and bois­ter­ous robins, at least when they are about, boss the tomtits away. Glenda used a fill flash to lighten the back­ground, ex­per­i­ment­ing with aper­ture pri­or­ity to see if hand-hold­ing was pos­si­ble at lower shut­ter speeds. This shot was one of sev­eral frames of tomtits that she cap­tured that day. “This one I par­tic­u­larly liked, be­cause the back­ground was un­clut­tered and there were no other over­hang­ing branches,” ex­plained Glenda. “The perch just ap­peared to be per­fect as a frame for such a tiny bird, so I waited sev­eral min­utes for it to pose ac­cord­ingly, and the re­sult­ing im­age was sharp enough to keep.”

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