Pleasing blurs, or something to do when there is nothing to do

The sky is overcast and there are no wildlife subjects in sight… What to do? It might seem like one of those times you wished you had stayed warm inside (or cool if you live in Florida!). Not so fast! When there is nothing to do, I try to think outside the box and look for artistic blurs. During our last Polar Bear safari in the Churchill area, one afternoon did not leverage many photographic opportunities. The sky was overcast, it was very windy and there were no bears in sight…

Mastodon Flowers, Hudson Bay, Canada

Artistic blur of Mastodon flowers in the wind in the Churchill area, Seal River, Hudson Bay, Canada.
ISO 50 | f/36 | 1/2 sec. | Tv mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III handheld. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

A good technique to achieve pleasing blurs is to work on Tv mode, where you set the shutter speed! I knew that 1/2 second was what I needed with the heavy wind blowing the tall Mastodon flowers (which can be used to make delicious salads by the way). I lowered the ISO to 50 and the camera figure out the aperture. Abracadabra and boom!! After a few try outs I obtained a few creations which pleased me.

Mastodon Flowers blur

Artistic blur of Mastodon flowers in the wind in the Churchill area, Seal River, Hudson Bay, Canada.
ISO 50 | f/36 | 1/2 sec. | Tv mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III handheld. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

The creation above is a vertical capture. I added a slight side to side panning movement to give the effect I wanted.

Botswana and the Victoria Falls instructional photography workshop / $9,800 / limit 6 people / Sep 2014:

Come along with me to the BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR next September 2014! THE FIRST THREE REGISTRANTS WILL BENEFIT FROM A $500 DISCOUNT! There is an additional discount for accompanying spouses.
Nxai Pan - Botswana

Spoonbills and shorebirds instructional photography workshop / $980 / limit 5 people / Mar 2014:

Don’t miss this great Roseate Spoonbill & shorebirds photography opportunity! This 3 day workshop will include three boat rides, with two to the Alafia Banks rookery and one to Dit Dot Dash. Alafia Banks is the very best spot in the state of Florida to photograph Roseate Spoonbills in flight. The rest of the time will be spent at the Fort Desoto Park.
Fort Desoto wildlife photography tour

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Steven

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