Went the distance and bought the new Canon 70-200 IS lens.
Shortly after it arrived I got exclusive permission to photograph on forty acres of property some of which has a beaver dam on it.
Here are a few shots I got there, including a few of my favorite subjects.
I thought you already had the 70-200/2.8 lens? Did you use a tripod for these? If not I think you should. A tripod is just as important as a lens with the slow shutter speeds of 1/125 sec.
I like the first one the best! The second one is a bit out of focus. Always go for the eyes for a focus point and if you can't focus on the small eyes focus on the chest because the chest is on the same focus plane as the eyes, if you focus on the chest the eyes will be in focus as well. Here a good link about bird photography. http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com/1.1.html The table of contents is not working right now but this is a free online book with a lot of great info!
Mark, I got the new version of the lens, had some problems with my other one and sent it back. No tripod was used shots were all hand held the way I shoot as I move I have no time to fool with a tripod and frankly don't like them.
I try to grab a rest where I can, usually the subjects are gone when I try getting a tripod set up.
I know they are a good idea but not feasible all the time.
I just got a new Bog Gear with a quick release head I plan on trying out well see how that works for me later.
That thrush was a reach for the lens and moving fast so rather than lose it completely as we all do I got what I could.
Hey, thanks for the link I'll check it out.
Griz, That area looks like it should give you many hours of pleasure! I use the Bog Pod. It has helped me some. I have the three leg version and usually just use it as a mono-pod as I walk around. You can always unstrap and extend the other two legs relatively quickly should the need arise. Good luck with the new lens and keep on posting!
Free? I could only wish, but I'm satisfied with the deal.
I kind of like this Bog outfit but putting it through its paces in the swamp will tell the tale.
Your right about the permission factor Mark I now have landowners coming to me telling me about interesting wildlife on their property.
Funny but a while back if I got what I considered to be a good shot of something on a piece of property I printed a copy and made sure the property owner got it. I guess I stumbled onto a good PR thing doing that.