Thank you for your comments. The reason for the high ISO varied from picture to picture. #1 was shot from a rowboat (dont I have a wonderful wife, rowing patiently so that I can take pictures?); #2 and #3 were shot from our sailboat en voyage; #4 was shot on a foggy morning (hand-held but my left hand was resting on a cliff).
Handholding a 500mm lens on a boat is very different to handholding on a steady platform. When you handhold on a steady platform you can try to achieve a steady balance. In a boat at sea thats not possible because even in the calmest of weathers theres so much swell that you have to constantly adjust the lens angle.
Fri 16-Sep-11 05:50 AM | edited Fri 16-Sep-11 05:51 AM by Antero52
Thank you for your comments, much appreciated.
Yes, they are barnacle geese. I was too busy to check the English name when I posted the pictures. I have no idea why they are called barnacle geese. The Finnish name means "white-cheeked goose". BTW, they are a relatively new species in the northern Baltic, with the first nestings reported about 20 years ago. Most handsome birds but extremely dangerous. You see, when a boat approaches a pier, it is the deck hand's job to jump on the pier and stop any remaining speed the boat has (because the skipper cannot see the distance from the bow to the pier). If a flock of geese has occupied the pier, the deck hand has a helluva time finding a spot not covered by "sliding mines". Swans are vegerarians too but they don't form the huge flocks that geese sometimes do.