Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @500mm | 1/125| f/14| ISO 1600
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/3200| f/14| ISO 1250
This time of year bright, sunny days are hard to come by. So, either I put my camera away and stay inside, or I learn to use my camera in less than ideal conditions. My friend Bill did some reading about using higher ISO settings to get good photos with low light conditions. He had some great success (check out his blog The Rural Path) and shared what he learned with me. Yesterday he and I checked out some new spots, and some of our old favorites, to practice our higher ISO skills. The sandhill crane was photographed in Fulton, Illinois, while the great blue heron was spotted at the Thomson Causeway in Thomson, IL. I liked the exposure in these photos, but I still am getting used to the noise of the background.
One of the new places that we checked out was Rock Creek Marina & Campground in Camanche, Iowa. The first thing we noticed were the red-headed woodpeckers. There were large numbers of the beautiful bird throughout the campground. For the longest time I searched to get a photo of a red-headed woodpecker, now I know just where to go to find them! The campground ground is in a beautiful tree covered area on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Besides the woodpeckers, I spotted a variety of other birds. I was able to capture a picture of a beautiful northern cardinal and tufted titmouse.
Although I think my photos turned out okay considering the the less than ideal conditions, I am looking forward to going back to this area when there are sunny skies. I hope that is real soon!