Mon 06-May-13 09:51 AM | edited Mon 06-May-13 01:50 PM by cockers
I was lucky enough to come across my first Palm Warbler while out giving my new 300 AF-S a shakedown with a 1.4 Kenko converter. I was shooting in crop mode so the 840mm effective focal length was a definite challenge to handhold.
Nikon D7100, ISO 800, +.7 EV, 1/1250 sec. Nikkor 300 f4 AF-S + Kenko 1.4 handheld.
Nice shots Al, especially with the effective focal length and shutterspeed handheld! #2 is the standout for me with the pose, perch and BG combination. If it were mine I would take a little off the right to take the bird out of the center to improve comp slightly. Beautiful bird and nice work!
You welcome Al! I always try to think through a reply and study the image before posting to give my own true feedback and thoughts on an image. They aren't set rules or even anything anyone should necessarily listen to but I try to give critiques/comments in the way that I would like to get them myself. I'm always looking to learn and improve and a different perspective can sometimes open something up that I may have missed about my own image. So I try to offer the same!
Tue 07-May-13 07:12 AM | edited Tue 07-May-13 07:14 AM by cockers
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Rick - I appreciate it!
This was my second time out with the new 300AF-S and TC - I have the older 300ED and it's a great sharp lens as well. I wanted the faster autofocus of the S for birds in flight and faster acquisition of the small birds, and it seems to perform really well so far.
ISO800 and handheld you did exceptionally well here Al. As you're probably aware of, there are some great advantages shooting handheld vs. tripod and being able to get many more shots that may be missed by having to place your tripod first. I have an old AF (not AF-S) 300mm f/4, but oo slow to focus, might have to replace with the AF-S version, looks like a good handheld combination.
Thanks Richard - this bird totally surprised me as I was walking to an observation area. It exploded out of the tall dead grasses and landed in the tree/bush in the first shot. Had I known that i would have this opportunity, I would have entered the area with my tripod - I thought I was going to get some waterfowl BIF action near the adjacent pond so I left the tripod in my vehicle.
Al, Very impressive handheld with no VR! I really like the second one best and agree with Jim that it looks like a watercolor. I wish I would be that lucky around here. Keep taking my camera on all my walks but never get that close to any warbler. Thanks for sharing, Tim