1/500s @ f/5.6 ISO 3200 @ 400mm
I love it when I successfully capture a close animal portrait (headshot), showing a level of detail that most people can’t see with their naked eye. This beautiful bird is a male Lady Amherst’s Pheasant native to China and Myanmar (Burma). You can learn more about it here at Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. They’re really tough birds to photograph, because they like to roost in the dark, deep shadows beneath thick foliage. Such was the case with this particular bird, and I played Hide and Seek with him for a long time before I could finally shoot him (photographically).
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Photographer’s Backstory: I captured this shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II full-frame digital camera and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Super-telephoto prime lens. I was shooting handheld in natural light. I used the old Marine Corps Sneak & Peek stealth approach to get close, steadied my aim, and fired away. Shooting at 3 fps I snapped a few shots, but only this one was satisfactory to me. Due to the dark environment my ISO was high at 3200, but the 5D Mark II handles high ISO well, and there is very little digital noise (graininess) in the photo. The fine feather detail and vivid colors are rendered beautifully.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer, and World Traveller