Cloudy Night Cranes

October 19, 2018  •  8 Comments

ƒ/6.3, 1/30, ISO 6400

 

Low clouds blew through the sky at a fast pace last night, hugging the Sandias as they rolled over the crest. The cranes are still shy, especially in the looming darkness after sunset. They fly away as soon as I step out of the foliage onto the river.

 

ƒ/6.3, 1/30, ISO 6400
 

 

The Rio Grande is so low that a sad and lonely tumbleweed got stuck in the shallows unable to float downstream or roll with the current. 

ƒ/6.3, 1/125, ISO 1000
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 800
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/250, ISO 6400
 

 

As darkness fell, a half moon peeked through the clouds from time to time.

ƒ/4.0, 1/320, ISO 1600
 

 

ƒ/4.0, 1/100, ISO 6400
 

 

The moon slipped out from behind the clouds and got stuck in a tree.

ƒ/4.0, 1/15, ISO 6400
 


Comments

T & L Photos
Thanks, Couriers!
Animalcouriers(non-registered)
They might be shy but you got lots of great shots.
T & L Photos
High Lavinia. Tumbleweeds that get blown into the river usually just float downstream. The ducks that usually aren't bothered by us when they are across the river, flew with the cranes.
Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
These are all beautiful shots,Tim! Seeing the lonely tumbleweed in the river was very interesting. They are two things I would generally not think of as being together in the same photo.

I love that one of the duck that snuck in with the cranes.
T & L Photos
Hi Juanita. I usually don't post settings, but it was really quite dark. I used a Canon 7D Mark II with a new Canon 70-200mm ƒ/4 IS II L lens that Canon made available at the end of June (a was able to get it a week before the official release and took it to Paris). The lens has 3 stabilization settings, and 5 stop stabilization, which is really helpful in super low light. This lens focuses about a foot closer that the previous model I had, so it works really well as a macro lens, also. The 7D has a crop sensor, so the lens is equivalent to a 112-320mm on the 7D. Most of the photos were taken at 320mm.
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