Yesterday I was putting together a photo submission for a magazine and was digging through some old files and came across this image. The image was taken in the Everglades in 2005 when I was living in the park. I was living in the tiny community, Flamingo, on Florida Bay and spent many evenings at Eco Pond photographing White Ibis as they flew from the island in the pond to their roosting sites on islands in Florida Bay. Some nights the light was great, some nights it wasn’t. When I had very little light, or after the sun had dropped below the horizon, I experimented with slow shutter speeds and pan blurs.
The basic idea is to use a slow enough shutter speed that you can pan blur the birds wings a bit. My goal also is to pan well enough that the bird’s eye stays relatively sharp and recognizable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I took a lot of images with this technique and there are only a few in my files today. This one has made it through and I rediscovered it yesterday.