Big and little critters, and other stuff with the 100-300 mm

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GeorgianBay1939
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Re: More 100-300, including a few using ext. tubes ...
In reply to jeffharris, 8 months ago

jeffharris wrote:

GeorgianBay1939 wrote:

Some more critters with the 100-300 ... (below are a few with 10 +16 mm extension tubes).

I think that's a phoebe, maybe a flycatcher of some sort.

Thanks Jeff,

Yes, I agree.   Since I took the photo,  I have been hearing the Eastern Phoebe singing, also seen them balancing on the hydro wires, tipping back and forth.

The woodpecker looks like a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Pleated woodpeckers are much bigger (crow-sized) have longer beaks and a big red crest. The facial banding is very different, too.

I have to disagree here.   The nest in that particular Aspen tree has fledged several families of Pileated Woodpeckers over the years.  The beak is foreshortened because of perspective.  But the bird is certainly a FEMALE Pileated, even though  the back of the head flash is in shadow, giving the impression of a rounded head.  Here is a good description of the difference between male and female Pileated.

http://www.pugetsoundbackyardbirds.com/pileated%20woodpecker%20male%20and%20female.html

I will try to get a photo of the gal with here head further out, but I am not optimistic.  I had to tease here for quite a while to get her to poke out as far as in the photo.

A lot of the above have been heavily cropped so I don't have enough file size for big prints. But most seem ok from a sharpness POV. Since I don't a photographer's judgement I'd appreciate feedback on this len's performance. My performance, too!

Some excellent shots! Ms. Fox from the first set is fantastic. Usually they run away if you get within eyeshot, so you must have been downwind or something.

I think that she is a lactating female, with a some pups nearby.  She has been seen in the neighbourhood several times over the last few weeks.  I was downwind in my truck as she looked at me and then watched the ducks for a while, then quietly slipped away.  Typical fox  behaviour.

The trick with the 100-300mm on the long end is to keep the aperture at f7.1 and try to get the shutter speed up to 1/640 or faster. For flying birds, I've used a red dot sight, which is quicker and easier to use than either the EVF or LCD.

http://gadget.brando.com/wildlife-photography-with-tactical-four-reticle-sight_p01341c73d3.html

Those are great suggestions.  I have been often shooting the GH2 at ISO 640, underexposing a stop to get the shutter speed up but many of those Sandhill shots were made in low light so I am struggling with noise vs shutter speed.

I'll try to organize my next foray with the sun at my back, the lens stopped down, and underexposed a bit to keep the ss short.  Lots of compromises, eh?

I've also ordered that RDS.  I figure that the 4 most important factors for BIF are:

Exposure:   I am now locking AELock, often with a stop of underexposure to give an adequate ss.

Focus:  Using AF-S, Experimenting with AF-C, using modest central area.

Motion:  Propping against the truck with the ignition off.

Framing:  Using the LCD more ... the RDS will help a lot!

Many thanks for your encouragement and help!

Tom

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