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Canon 7D mark II 1,600 ISO image

Northern Gannet (Morus Bassanus, Fou de Bassan, NOGA) Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Bonaventure Island, Quebec Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Canon EOS 7D MKII, 200-400mm F4 L IS USM XT, (@400mm). ISO 1,600, F6.3 @ 1/4,000s Manual. "Photograph made with a beta (non-final) sample of Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Image quality may not represent the final output from shipping cameras but is likely to be very close." - fine print courtesy Canon Canada Inc.

Here's a full frame Northern Gannet against a dark background in light fog from my recent short trip to Bonaventure Island. There is a flurry of activity in my inbox and on the internet from folks wanting more high ISO images from the 7D mark II, so I carefully chose this one made while testing the auto focus against the dark background which would make noise more visible. While there is some noise as expected, it certainly performs amazingly well. The level of detail in the white feather is awesome and the 13" x 19" print I made with my Pro 1 printer is fabulous.

Remember to minimize noise with any digital camera by exposing properly in camera and avoiding big crops.


A friend I meet on a photography workshop in Alaska mentioned Chris Dodds as one of his favorite photographers. After doing a little research I booked the Ospreys of Lake Blue Cypress workshop with Chris. It was an action packed three days filled with many opportunities to photograph Ospreys nesting and in-flight from a pontoon boat. The workshop was first class and well organized. Chris is a great workshop leader and has a pleasant and easy going personality with unlimited knowledge of camera equipment, technique, post processing tips and nature. I learned so much and had such a good time meeting and photographing with Chris that when I returned home I signed up for my next workshop. Now I am looking forward to seeing him again for the Winter Snowy Owls of Quebec & Ontario workshop. Thanks Chris!

Eloy Castroverde Florida USA

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Reader Comments (7)

Outstanding photo.
I have preordered a 7d II.Hope it pairs well with the 400 5.6.

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGord

Hi Gord,

That is going to be one awesome birds-in-flight set-up!

Congratulations & best,


October 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds


Thanks much Chris for the detailed reviews of 7DII & pictures, very useful. I have a question about how you do exposure to the right for birds in flight, given that you shoot wide open for most of your BIF shots and the shutter has to be fast enough to freeze action, how do you decide on the ISO value?


October 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMohammed Gammal

Just amazing images. Trully inspiring for us weekend photographers that only have our backyards. Thanks for sharing and making me wish I was there with you.

November 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Cordero

Some amazing photography, We use 7D mark 1 and they still do very well, cheers!

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Baker

Hi Mohammed,

I like to shoot birds in flight wide open with a shutter speed of at least 1/4,000s, so I use the ISO which gives me the correct exposure; There is often a trade-off in photography, so when there isn't lots of light, then I have to use a high ISO.

I hope this helps & very best,


November 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

Awesome photography……..the only thing I don’t like about them is that I didn’t shoot them.

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterC. P.

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