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A happy family… with stacked teleconverters

In my post about nesting Least Grebes I said I would be showing photos of the distant birds taken with my 300mm lens and stacked 1.4X and 2.0X teleconverters. Here is a photo of one of the parents is about to feed a piece of crayfish to the chicks.

Vibration is a problem with such long focal lengths so you want to employ the fastest shutter speed you dare and any way to minimize shutter curtain or mirror slap. I used the camera’s electronic shutter for this.

Least Grebe family eating a piece of crayfish. Photo by Eduardo Libby Nikon 300mm f/2.8 and stacked TC-14EII and TC-20EIII teleconverters. Processed to taste in Lightroom and Topaz Denoise A. I. (the original was captured at ISO 1800 because you need to close one stop the lens when using stacked TC’s).

 

In the second photo I was lucky to get a nice reflection of the blue sky. This was taken using only the 2.0X teleconverter. Both photos are cropped to about 6 MP from a 20 MP file. More than enough for printing on a magazine or book page.

 

Least Grebes on a Costa Rican pond. Photo by Eduardo Libby

 

Have you tried stacked teleconverters? It gets a bit technical but sometimes you just need the magnification!

Nesting (Cute!) Least Grebes

A few weeks ago my friend Marco Saborío, a very experienced nature photographer, told me there were several nesting Least Grebe couples on a pond. I love the piercing yellow eyes of these diving birds but I had not seen them nesting before: I was in for a nice surprise! Continue reading Nesting (Cute!) Least Grebes

Rainforest Birds in Flight Photography

Photographing rain forest birds is a completely different business than shooting water birds on a sunny beach where you get to easily picture birds in flight at high shutter speeds. Inside a dark forest, well… you easily reach the limits of current technology. Continue reading Rainforest Birds in Flight Photography

Sunny in the Cloud Forest

In spite of its name, the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica has some days of very sunny weather which create difficult light for photography. Naturally they happen every time I happen to visit… Continue reading Sunny in the Cloud Forest

Rainforest Photos and the Nikon Z7

Wildlife photos inside the Rain Forest most of the time means subject in deep shadow, background overexposed… well, sometimes the background is in deep shadow too! Continue reading Rainforest Photos and the Nikon Z7

Nikon’s Z7 requires AF-Fine Tuning

The claims that on-sensor phase-detection autofocus sensors in Nikon’s Z7 does away with autofocus fine-tuning are wrong. I had to use AF Fine Tuning to get my lenses to focus properly. Continue reading Nikon’s Z7 requires AF-Fine Tuning

Cartwheeling Gray Hawks!

A friend of mine had just told me how Bald Eagles during courtship lock their talons and spin in the air, a behavior called cartwheeling. Descending fast, they separate a split second just before hitting the ground. Then, two Gray Hawks did exactly that… Continue reading Cartwheeling Gray Hawks!