The birds of Hong Kong
However, the filing brought me back to some Hong Kong images I worked with a few weeks ago. Mai Po was a fantastic day of birding with John Holmes of Walk Hong Kong. If you want a birding guide you could find none better. He led us to 74 new species! Mai Po WWF reserve will be the subject of a longer blog.
While going through some of the 800 images I took at Mai Po reserve, now edited down to about 550, I noticed a motor-drive sequence I had taken of a Pied Avocet, one of the waders frequently seen on the extensive tidal flats, and photographed from one of the Mai Po blinds.
About a year ago I purchased a copy of DoubleTake, a panorama stitching program for Mac OS X, echoone.com/doubletake/ , for $24.95.
I wondered what would happen if I stitched together several inflight shots like the one below.
So, I took four images and dragged them into the DoubleTake screen. The blending of each image was fairly intuitive. The exposure of each image was slightly variable but DoubleTake allows you to select each blended image on its own and adjust basic curves.
So, I balanced the curves, cropped and came up with this composite image.
|One bird, in sequence. All photos taken with a Nikon D7000, 200-400mm f4 Nikkor, |
(effective focal length being 600mm), f5.6, 1/500th sec, auto white balance.