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Crane Silhouette by David Swindler
Monday, 29th February 2016

Crane Silhouette

by David Swindler

Silhouette of Sandhill Cranes flying in to roost for the evening. Since it was getting dark, I had to bump the ISO to 1600 and use f4.0 @ 500mm for this shot at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico.
Equipment: Canon 7D II, Canon 500mm f4 II
David Swindler
My name is David Swindler and I'm an outdoor photography and travel enthusiast. After working for 10 years as a semiconductor engineer, I quit my job to follow my true passion. I'm now leading guided photography tours. I primarily do private tours in the Southwest from my base in Kanab, UT. My foray into photography was slow and steady. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started work as a Process Engineer for Micron Technology. My specialty was photolithography, a high-tech process of nano-scale printing to form tiny circuitry on silicon chips. As I worked with the optics and exposure equipment, I began to see many parallels with photography. Thus, photography came very easy to me since I had a good background with the basic physics. When not at work, I loved to explore the great outdoors and I wanted to share this natural beauty with others. I also enjoy teaching others how to improve their photography and there's no better way to do it than practicing the techniques out in the field.

Crane Silhouette by David Swindler was photo of the day on Monday, 29th February 2016. You can leave a comment below.


Paul Stolle

29th February 2016 at 2:04 am

Excellent shot.

Laura Milholland

29th February 2016 at 4:20 am

An elegant capture with lovely warm colors.

29th February 2016 at 5:44 am

Just beautiful!

Anne Egli

29th February 2016 at 6:32 am

I love silhouettes, and this one is a gorgeous shot of the cranes. Thanks for sharing.


29th February 2016 at 8:28 am

Harmonic Formation flying light in the Sun coloured Sky. Wonderful Photo.


29th February 2016 at 11:53 am

This silhouette against that beautiful pastel sky is outstanding really shows the structure of the cranes this way!

Pamela North

1st March 2016 at 4:07 am

Magnificent David.

18th March 2016 at 1:42 pm

Such a tranquil shot; just lovely.

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