Capturing Wild Canvasbacks

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In this video, pro wildlife photographer Doug Gardner ventures to the edge of downtown Cambridge, Maryland where he shows you how to photograph migrating canvasbacks in the bay. The challenge is to exclude the bridge and other man-made structures in the background. Wearing waders, Doug gets two feet off the water and uses a 500mm telephoto at f4 or f5.6 to compress his images and avoid the distracting backgrounds. To stop the action, he keeps his shutter speed at at least 1/1000 and exposes for the highlights. For sharpness, he goes with autofocus. Come along with pro Doug Gardner as he shoots dramatic images of the canvasbacks flying and landing, and also captures them in pairs and as individual portraits.

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