My first photo of a Winter Wren. They seem to elude me most of the time. This one was behind me last weekend messing around along a small stream for several minutes then it left. About a half hour later, it landed from nowhere on this stick about minimum focus distance right in front of me. A few snaps and that was the last I saw it.
D800E, Nikon 500mm f/4, 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640
I would prefer a little more DOF as well. The camera and lens are both new to me this winter, and I am having a tough time getting onto it. Thus far I need 1/1000 sec shutter speed to consistently obtain detail, so, if possible, I set that and compromise DOF and ISO to balance it out. Need more practice but time to shoot has been scarce.
Thanks John. The winter wren is typically quite secretive. After getting such a good look at it behind me (also very close, but thick with no chance of a shot so I just stayed still), I was quite surprised to have a second visit in the same morning, let alone one sitting up like it did.
Thanks Richard. It really was quite fortunate to get one sitting up like that right in front of me (and the lens), at close range. I was glad to get my first winter wren photo, but wish I could have done a little better given the opportunity it gave me.
Thanks Paul. When I walk around in the thick area this was photographed, I rarely see them up out of the briars. I was fortunate this one not only gave me a great look, but did so right in front of the lens.
Really nice capture Don. These small bitds are quite hard to catch, but this oneis quite nice, especially since you are new to the lens. I am having the same problem with my new lens, 400/2.8, and these small birds are just giving me a real workout trying to capture them. Great Job!