For the Birds
In this post I’m sharing a few of the bird images I have captured this summer. I admire photographers who do this well because let me tell you … it’s not easy! The first requirement is a long lens. The osprey below was shot with my Tamron 200-500mm lens and the others were shot with a Canon 100-400mm lens that I rented. I wanted to compare sharpness between the 2 lenses and as I expected the more expensive Canon won the contest. Needless to say, the Canon was added to my ever-evolving wish list. 500mm sounds like a pretty long lens but an 800mm would work even better as these images needed cropping to get the close-up feel I was after. The Canon lens had image stabilization but I still chose to use a tripod for optimum sharpness. Of course the birds don’t exactly pose for you either. You need to be pretty quick with these large cumbersome lenses to capture them. A higher ISO is needed to let in enough light for a fast shutter speed to avoid any motion blur. Over the years I have spent quite a few hours at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge or sitting in my backyard blind working on getting some decent captures. Patience and perseverance are key when it comes to bird photography.
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Tags: bird photogrpahy, bluebirds, crow, osprey