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Lesser Nighthawks

Posted by Alexander Viduetsky on May 28, 2014 at 9:39 am
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I photographed this duo after sunset at the California City Central Park in Kern County, California on May 24, 2014. These are fast and erratically flying birds, it was tricky to photograph them in low-light. I hand-held a Canon 6D camera, a Canon 100-400 mm lens and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II external flash. I also uploaded a few more photos and two short videos of the Nighthawks on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157644829675802/

There were at least two dozens other Nighthawks flying around. Because I used the external flash in almost total darkness, there is such a strange photo-effect. I also adjusted levels, contrast and sharpness using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.