Japan, Hokkaido, Tsurui Japanese Crane Sanctuary, Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)

This is an abstract image of an endangered red-crowned crane in flight from my recent Japan Wildlife Photography Tour. While photographing the cranes, I was surrounded by hundreds of other photographers at the crane centers. I'm not used to being around so many people and have to admit that it is not an experience that I am going to repeat anytime soon. The harsh, middle of the day light also wasn't the most ideal to shoot in. So, I experimented with my camera and this is one of my better images. I intentionally slowed my shutter speed while panning in an attempt to record subtle movement of the flying crane, as well as blur the busy background. I created this image with my Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 IS lens, and Canon 1.4X Tele-Extender III. I also used my Gitzo GT3830 tripod, Acratech GP ballhead, and Wimberley Sidekick. I processed the RAW file using Aperture 3, Photoshop CS6, and Nik Software’s Color Efex 4‘s White Neutralizer filter.

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