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Roseate spoonbill in flight
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Friday, April 12, 2019
By Jim Zuckerman
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I took this shot of a roseate spoonbill in the bay around Tampa, Florida from a small boat. It wasn't easy because the boat was moving, the bird was moving, and I was arching my back so I could shoot straight up. And, the amount of time where the bird was directly above me was probably one second or less. Only in this position could I show the beautiful underside of the backlit wings with such symmetry. I used a 70-200mm lens, and my settings were 1/2000, f/9, and 250 ISO. This was the actual sky behind the spoonbill, but I realized it wasn't sharp due to the use of a telephoto lens with a medium-sized lens aperture. So, I took a separate, sharp picture of the sky and combined it with the bird in Photoshop.

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Jim - Thanks, Barbara.
Barbara Vickers - So beautiful...


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