I had another opportunity to practice my wildlife photography at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida. I rented that fabulous Canon 400mm f/5.6L that I tried out when I was back at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
By the way, early in our trip we bought a national park pass for $80 that gives us entrance not only to the National Parks, but also the National Wildlife Refuges and National Seashores and other places as well. We bought a national park pass for Canadian parks too. Those passes are a very economical investment for the value you get from them, especially since you can go back to a place multiple times without it costing extra money. So if the light isn’t right you can return another day.
My vision was to capture an image of a bird standing in still water showing its reflection. On the day, the light was overcast so the sky was white and the water was grey. I found an egret standing in still water fishing. The original image came out in shades of grey. But that’s ok, nothing a little post-processing cannot fix.
Using Nik Color Efex Pro, I brightened and warmed the image to make everything less cool grey and more warm white. I also added a softening filter which made the whole egret appear to glow. I lost a little bit of detail in the feathers by softening the image, but there is still enough detail to prevent it from turning into a white blob. I like the end result of a white bird on a white background.