Sunday, December 18, 2005

 

White Pelicans, Morro Bay

This stereo anaglyph view of white pelican profiles on the grassy island habitat in the Morro Bay National Estuary located on California's Central Coast is one of my favorite bird photos. These birds are magnificent on the ground or in flight. With stereo imaging, you are there, in the kayak, gazing through binoculars.

This particular view took over an hour of positioning and repositioning the kayak, all the while cursing under my breath while trying to keep calm and Zen-like despite being pushed here and there by a stiff wind and fighting a 2.5 knot ebb tide. To get such a shot, the cameras and zooms had to be manually set for everything including f/stop, focus, focal length, and made double sure the two cameras had not moved out of precise alignment on the mounting bar. This kind of photography can be rather frustrating, but the results are well worth it.
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