Sunday, November 8, 2009
MALLARDS, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 8, 2009
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
Top: 1/350 sec. f8
Bottom: 1/750 sec. f8
Both ISO 400
Today's trip to the Botanic Garden early in the morning, at about 8:30 a.m., resulted in better mallard photos than usual because the sun was low in the hazy sky, yielding gentle illumination, rather than being high at noon and casting a harsh light. The softer light picked up the iridescence in the males without blowing out the highlights.