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.
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.
Have you tried stacked teleconverters? It gets a bit technical but sometimes you just need the magnification!
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→
I must confess I wasn’t expecting Downtown Chicago to be as nice as it is: Wonderful architecture, great museums and parks. Very tourist-friendly.
Throughout the years I have traveled carrying my current dSLR with a normal zoom lens, but the lighter weight, expanded telephoto range and the record-breaking image stabilization of a Micro Four Thirds combo were perfect for city travel: I took all my photos with and Olympus OM-D camera (the EM1 mark II) and the M. Zuiko 12-100 f/4 lens (a 24-200mm equivalent in 35 mm).
Horses for courses of course… There will be times for big cameras, compact cameras or just smartphones… Just not this time!
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→
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→