Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hawk and Backyard Birds

The snow storms have kept us close to home the past couple of weeks.  Experimentation with different D300 bodies and a Nikon 200-400 lens has been the recent "focus".  We were experiencing variability in reliability of focus on one of the bodies we thought with the 200-400 lens.  After significant experimentation we determined that the one body was going bad and it is going back for warranty repair.

I have been playing with bean bag versus window mount for telephoto shots from a vehicle blind.  This hawk was taken on a BLUB (Big Lens Ultimate Bag). The bag is filled with beans to provide weight, yet not be too heavy and bulky like sand would be.

I used my left hand to dampen lens vibration and held my breathe and gradually let it out as if I was firing a rifle.

The next two shots are using a Wimberley II head on a Gitzo tripod.


The Next two pictures are doing hand held 200-400 through a window!




the Sparrow shot showed very little movement, yet the rear leg is not in focus due to the short depth of field from using f5 to keep shutter speed as high as possible for the hand hold.

2 comments:

Edward P. Holgren said...

Very nice stuff! I will visit often

Willard said...

An interesting series, Jim. I especially like the hawk photo as it is so fierce looking and the falling snow also really adds to the mood.

I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend. It sounds like the weather is going to co-operate this time.