Making of #20 & 21 – Crazy Corellas (Video)

December 21, 2013

Since I didn’t have time to post a making of yesterday, you’ll get two today. Both will show Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea). At the end you’ll find a little video as well.

The first making of shows me in a park in Perth, Western Australia. I found a large flock of Little Corellas feeding on the ground and noticed that two particular birds just wouldn’t stop fighting and playing with each other. I slowly approached them and got a few nice action shots. One Cockatoo even made a back-flip!

As you can see (well, not really) my tripod was relatively high. Why’s that? When you look closely you can see how the background gets quite ugly at a certain height (bins etc), so I had my tripod a bit higher to have the smooth grass as my background.

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1D Mark IV

600 L IS

ISo 800

F 6.3

1/4000

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Last week I got another chance to photograph Little Corellas. This time in Melbourne. When driving home from a family get together, I noticed about 500 Little Corellas on a golf course. Most of them were ruining the short cut grass, by pulling it out and feeding on the roots. However, a couple of birds seemed to have become obsessed with the golf flags. One or two birds would fly up to the flag and had their way with it. Since it was impossible to capture all of the fast action and craziness of the birds in a single photograph, I also took a short video 🙂

Here’s the making of first. The background was really hard to work with and didn’t allow for fast shutter speeds at all, which made it really hard to photograph. At last I found a certain areas where I could use a green distant tree as my background, which worked out okay.

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1D Mark IV

600 L IS

ISO 1600

F5

1/1000 (very tough to freeze the action)

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and at last a video showing all the action!

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