I had a few minutes earlier today and popped over to Loch Achaidh na h-Inich to see if I could get a half decent shot of a Goldeneye and discovered a small group of Whooper Swans as well as the usual wintering Goldeneye. The light was pretty poor so I had to use a reasonably high ISO and open up the aperture on the big lens as far as it would go. The result was these two shots which are a bit noisy, and that is after reducing the noise significantly in Lightroom, but I think despite not be pin sharp they are not too bad with the bright yellow bills of the swans and the golden eye of the Goldeneye showing really nicely. I should have noticed that the exposure was a bit tight and reduced the shutter speed a bit, maybe to 1/500 sec although I was keen to try and stop any movement of the birds on the water.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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