Got a new camera - Canon 60D. This Green Heron was in its favorite corner at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont, Ca. (near the outflow) It's very acclimated to people since that corner is right on a well used concrete path around the lake. I was able to slowly creep up & lean over a webbed fence to get this portrait. I had my 300 mm lens attached w/ a 1.4 TC, not expecting to have such a closeup opportunity and was just outside my closest range. I couldn't get low because of the fencing so my background is simply the lake surface.
Canon EOS 60D
Canon 300 mm F/4 L IS with 1.4 TC
ISO 200, F/6.3, 1/500 sec, handheld
Questions for photographers. I've been trying AV & TV modes, but have had dismal results w/ white balance except in good sunlight. After reading a couple of photography books I decided to try manual & have been getting much, much better results w/ white balance. I bought a WB filter & have used it a couple of times to set custom WB in the changing light of overcast lifting in the San Francisco Bay area. But, I'm unclear if custom WB & manual mode complement each other or if custom WB is for auto & semi-auto modes. Any sugesstions/links re: WB would be appreciated.