Sandhill Cranes

Yesterday I grabbed my Canon 7D and Tamron 150-600mm Lens and headed out to a local wildlife refuge.  Every year they get a large migration of Sandhill Cranes that stop off at the refuge and I had heard that they were there.

As I traveled over, I wasn't too fired up about the light as it had become quite overcast and drab.  Then once I got there I never found a place that I could really photograph them well from.  I got a few shots that I thought turned out ok when a large group of the birds got up and flew around a bit.

Since the sky was a no-nothing, gray, dull sky, I immediately thought the image would look better in black and white.  So after I processed the image in Lightroom, I finalized in using OnOne's Perfefct B&W 9.  I processed it with a bit of a high key look because I thought it fit this scene really well.

ISO 1600, 600mm, F/8, 1/1600th second

ISO 1600, 600mm, F/8, 1/1600th second

Although, I didn't come away with any award wining shots of Sandhill Cranes like I was hoping for, I got to see and hear thousands and thousands of these birds at one place.  That was worth it for me, because often times it's more about the experience than the photograph!