Buff-breasted Sandpiper in first light

Posted by Ivan Sjögren on Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:04 pm

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Hi everyone,

Some of you might remember that I lost my trusty camera earlier this summer but now I'm back! This is a newly produced frame with my new camera. Unfortunately the new stuff is nothing fancy but a second-hand Canon 7D Mark ll. It is what I can afford at the moment. Either way, I was very happy I got this camera when I did because right away an opportunity with a Buff-breasted Sandpiper came along. This is a rare bird in Sweden, we have 3-4 records each year, and this one was a short drive from where I live. I took the car and drove the few hours during the night to get there before sunrise. I then stepped out of my car, put on the wetsuit and the game was on! Luckily, I found the bird directly and got some nice frames as the sun rose behind me. I loved this location as the open wetland had grass and marshes that closely replicated the breeding habitat of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the tundra. You can almost imagine this being taken in Alaska in the midnight sun. 

All comments welcome!

Canon EOS 7d Mark ll | Canon 500mm f/4.0L IS USM II | ISO 800 | 1/800s | f/5.6
Ivan Sjögren

Website - http://www.sjogrenstudio.com

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by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:21 pm
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Gorgeous light and color, wonderful low shooting angle..
Good light,

by Ron Day on Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:27 pm
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Exceptional warm lighting, Ivan. Beautifully done!

by peter makuch on Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:52 pm
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very nice put together shot from the drive to the capture, all that to get the perfect sweet light and you nailed it.

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:33 pm
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Absolutely stunning photo - glad you are back in the game.

by himadri roy on Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:35 am
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Class apart . Congrats.

by Karl Egressy on Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:14 pm
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Wonderful image of one of the nicest looking Shorebirds. Sadly it is missing from my collection.

by Carol Clarke on Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:45 pm
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Good to see you again, Ivan! It looks like you and your new camera have captured a gorgeous image here in the most beautiful light. Superb.

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by Isaac Grant on Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:25 am
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Beautiful shot Ivan. Even better when you know it is a rare bird. It is always extra sweet to walk away with quality shots of a hard and rare bird. I got some quality shots of a Buff-breasted this year as well. Even posted one here. I am always a big fan of your work and looking forward to more.

by david fletcher on Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:34 am
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Wonderful image. Looks like all your hard work paid off Ivan!
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by David J. Bogener on Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:28 am
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Love the low angle, active pose and the wonderful light. You made the most of your rare opportunity.

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