Common Merganser

A male Common Merganser from the Lake of Geneva for today

Head image: Common Merganser (male), image created at the Lake of Geneva, Switzerland, on December 5th, 2014. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS. ISO 3200, f/2.8, 1/320s, Evaluative metering +2.

I’m in the middle of preparing for a trip to Hokkaido later this week where I hope to shoot cranes and sea eagles, trip that is likely to be tough: we expect temperatures of below -10C and which might feel even lower (I’ve been told like -30C) when we’ll be on the boat for the sea eagles. So I took a break to look at recent pictures created with the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II and here is an early test: pretty low light condition, overcast and soon before sunset, with gear I was really not yet familiar with. Still it gave the opportunity for a few decent images such as this one. I remember that period was rather cold – not very by Swiss standards but pretty cold for a Singaporean resident – so with my upcoming trip I felt that the ambiance of this shoot was quite appropriate.

Common MerganserChristian C. Berclaz
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