Marsh Rabbit, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Nature,  Photo Stories,  Wildlife

Photo Story: Munching Marsh Rabbit

This photo of a Marsh Rabbit was taken at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida.

Munching Marsh Rabbit

Ding Darling is known world wide for bird watching and bird photography.  But, Ding Darling also has its fair share of non-bird wildlife too.  In addition to the Marsh Rabbit, Manatees, Alligators, and River Otters can all be seen at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.

This Marsh Rabbit was photographed right along the side of the road on Wildlife Drive.  He was photographed using the Canon 100-400mm II lens from inside the car so his dining was not disturbed.

Munching Marsh Rabbit Photo Details

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens +  Canon 1.4X III Telephoto Extender
Focal Length: 560mm
ISO:  800
Aperture:   f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/50 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +2/3
Lighting: Evening in a shady area of Wildlife Drive

Photo Processing

  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
  • Applied the Detail Extractor and Lighten/Darken Center Filter in Color Efex Pro 4.
  • Used Viveza 2 to selectively lighten the darken the image.
  • Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise.
  • Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014. The layer mask was copied and modified from the last processing step.
  • Increase contrast in the photo using the Develop Module in Lightroom.

Written by Martin Belan

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