Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:51
Thanks guys for the feedback.
Colin - The goose was shot using a Gitzo tripod with Wimberley II head. I was at my local bird sanctuary. I had been there dozens of times, but this was the first time that I had this combination of ice with a layer of water on the surface, and some actual sunshine. I was primarily shooting birds in flight (see my recent mallard post) but I always try to keep my eye open for interesting lighting, poses, or backgrounds. I took a number of shots of birds on the watery ice that morning, but this was my favorite, even though I rarely bother taking pictures of Canada geese, they are so common here.
The loon was taken while floating around in my little boat, with the camera mounted on a seat pedestal that brought it down so I could just see over the top of the gunwale. It is so low that I have to use a right angle finder.
I didn't need a blind in either case. I am blessed with some good shooting locations where the birds are used to humans. This is not often the case with loons in particular, so it helps get this type of shot.
Hope that answers your questions.