Black-throated loon family portraits are finally ready!
After checking my Black-throated loon family photos in Lightroom I was desperate as my raw files were underexposed. At the first glance there was ONE photo which seemed to be OK. OMG such a huge opportunity to get great photos of loon family was lost…
Black-throated loon family – shooting conditions
Black-throated loon family was quite close to the lake shore, but it was really dark as the sun was behind the trees. I borrowed 2x teleconverter from mr H to increase the length of my lens from 200 mm to 400 mm. As the teleconverter reduced the aperture from 2.8 to 5.6 and I wasn’t using any tripod, most of my photos were inaccurate and noisy.
I was lucky to have Donna to help me! By her guidance I got black and white in balance and finally this morning I was somehow satisfied with my loon photos.
Thoughts about bird photography
I have avoided bird photography as I don’t have the right gear to do that properly. Before I met mr H, I was photographing sports, people and landscape. My daughters were both swimmers and most of my free time was spent in swimming halls, rest riding a horse. But life changes. My daughters grew up, stopped swimming and moved away from home. I divorced, stopped riding a horse, changed my work and met mr H.
Now I am photographing nature including birds. I have realized that watching birds and photographing their lives is really nice and sometimes even with my gear I have been lucky to shoot some photos.
Next project is to buy a new camera and longer powerful lens. Then I don’t have to blame my gear for lousy photos 😂
Thank you Donna for your great help 👍🙏🏻
If you are interested in Meikojärvi, please check my previous post Meiko has many lakes and Black-throated loons.
Minna from Finnish nature 😊