Anhinga from Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Apr 18, 2011 | Animals & Wildlife, Single Exposure HDR

The Anhinga is a very common bird found throughout Florida. These feathered creatures are pretty cool compared to some of the other birds. Unfortunately I see them way too often so to me it’s just another bird. But if you’re able to get really close to one, their beauty will amaze you. The best place to see one up close is at Wakodahatchee Wetlands Preserve in Wellington, Florida. In some cases you can come as close as arms length, more than enough to fill the frame using a 50mm lens!

This is a single exposure HDR tone mapped from a single RAW file using Photomatix Pro. Than I used Topaz plugins to add some extra finishing touches to the image. Right now I’m experimenting with some different techniques for birds, and animals in general. I don’t want to get to crazy with wildlife, but I also don’t want to post another ordinary photo either. I think there are plenty of those already all over the web!

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Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: Single Exposure HDR
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Location: Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Wellington, Florida