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Toucans!

Toucans are fun! To watch and photograph them is a real treat.

Toco Toucan, Brazil
© Bob Harvey
Toco Toucan, Argentina
© Bob Harvey
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, my personal favorite.
Beautiful colors and moves through the forest gracefully.
© Diane Kelsay
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Pale-mandibled Aracari – the comedian. Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Pale-mandibiled Aracari – tossing his catch in the air over and over. Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Collared Aracari – beak makes a nice landing platform. Belize
© Bob Harvey
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Choco Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey

We find plenty of toucans to photograph in Central and South America, from Belize to Northern Argentina, our favorite location Ecuador. Join us on one of our adventures and we will introduce you to some toucans.

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The historic churches, convents, and statues that adorn the city, draw many photographers to capture architectural art with their cameras.  For me, I am captivated by the colors and architectural details.

Stained glass window, Basilica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stained glass window, Basilica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Light patterns from the stained glass play on the wall.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The light patterns create their own designs. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Close up, the light patterns create their own designs.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Night arrives and we walk around selecting our compositions, much of it determined by the lighting in each location.  Some lighting is brighter and more creatively done.

Lighting is very dramatic and shows off the intricate details. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Lighting is very dramatic and shows off the intricate details.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

As we walk the streets at night, designs are everywhere.  My technique is to move about without a tripod, using ISOs between 400 and 800, so I can be mobile (sometimes climbing into better viewpoints).  I most often use daylight white balance and let the colors fall as they do (note the natural look to the deep blue sky as night fell), but I occasionally use auto white balance if the results are better (as I did with the purple/green lighting).  Even though I generate RAW images, the review LCD screen shows the jpeg version so I like to set white balance to help me make good choices – it often affects exposure and whether or not I use active D-lighting (Nikon).  The colors shown are very close to how we saw them.

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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