Yesterday my 600mm lens rental arrived, and I took it out today for a dry run before I try to get serious with it. One thing for sure -- I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to deal with one of these beasts.
Anyway, I got lucky and was able to get a couple of shots of a pheasant.
Thanks. I had one shot in the sequence where he was pretty much in the open, but I kept coming back to this one because it seems like a more natural setting. It always amazes me how quickly they can.disappear in a clump of weeds.
One is always going for a "clean" shot. Sterile? I love this shot in its environment. Your crop, to me, did not make the grade, I think your focus plane was just lower than the white band of feathers. In #1, it looks perfectly sharp. I hope you are going to enjoy the lens and we the posts you bring back.
>One is always going for a "clean" shot. Sterile? I >love this shot in its environment. Your crop, to me, did not >make the grade, I think your focus plane was just lower than >the white band of feathers. In #1, it looks perfectly sharp. I >hope you are going to enjoy the lens and we the posts you >bring back.
I wondered about this too but I don't think the blur below the white neck band is due to focus, but rather that their is a stalk of the grain closer to the camera than the bird and hence so way out of focus that it appears as just a blur. Beautiful captures of colour on both images. Other than cropping on the 2nd did you do any PP on these?
Well done on the first shot Rob, great photo, nicely rendered.
The close-up/crop - eye looks a touch soft, at f/4.5 the lens is still remarkably sharp, but DOF is limited and the focus has to be spot on. However, considering you've only had it a couple of hours bravo!
It's really useful for me to learn how precise the focus is and how tight the depth of field is. I noticed softness in the bodies of some of the other shots. (Actually, the pheasant shots were hand held and I felt pretty lucky to get anything. I won't be doing much of that.) I'm starting to figure out adjustments I'm going to have to make. I think. I appreciate the comments. Rob
I'm still figuring out the best way to move it. I have to confess to being paranoid about setting up and carrying it around. Right now I'm staying pretty close to the vehicle. I never thought of a shoulder pad. I spent Saturday shooting bighorns, which is not too much of a challenge with the ones near us. Tomorrow morning I'm heading into Yellowstone. I have a couple of spots I'm going to set up at and hope for the best.