Glad you are having fun practicing new things. It's always good when you figure out what has been causing you a problem.Thank you, Terri! It's been several days now since I've seen Alfred, so he must be sheltering in a cooler, shady place away from the heat and humidity that we have been having here. I'm hoping to see him again soon.
I've been trying to get photos of smaller birds for practice -- not always easy when they move so quickly! I found that adjusting my settings made a difference though, so some of the issues I was having were definitely due to user error. Using the 1.4x TC on the 100-400mm means that I do pay a price in loss of one whole f/stop, which on a slow lens can be problematic. Auto ISO helps a lot but I had misunderstood one of the settings in conjunction with it, which was really throwing things out of whack. Got that straightened out now, figured out what I'm supposed to be doing, and the situation is much better.
Thanks, Morten! That Green heron is really something to see in person. He's smaller in size than Alfred, the Great Blue Heron, but has the typical heron characteristics of sharp beak and long, thin legs.Brilliant set Connie. All really great but my favourites are the heron on the stone and the guy eating
Nice "neighbourhood" you have with all these birds
You are having a lot of fun watching these creatures!! I'm glad you share it with us. The photos are great to see.Week 30 rather reflects that this has been the long, hot summer of Alfred, Sparrows and Smaug..... LOL! I've been using the RX10 M4 for shooting the sparrows and Smaug and his brethren, but it dawned on me that I could put the Bazooka on the tripod right here in the living room and shoot through the (clean) sliding glass door at the squirrels and sparrows. Aha! I tried this setup and found it works pretty well, as the sparrows don't seem to be as spooked when they don't as easily see me. After experimenting with this for a while I then stuck the 1.4x TC on the Bazooka to see how that would work, and it made things even better, although of course on the shaded deck I am dealing with poor lighting most of the time. I was able to move the tripod back a little further, too, which helped in not disturbing my subjects. I later came up with another strategy, buying a bag of oiled sunflower seeds and putting them in a separate tray for Smaug. That has worked pretty well, and at times I've had Smaug dining away in "his" tray while the birdies are happily free to eat their food in "their" tray, as an oblivious Smaug pays no attention to them. None of the photos in this series show the second tray, though.
"Watcha looking at? Can't I eat my meal in peace now that the squirrel isn't around?"
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"Really enjoying this treat, but I"ll have to eat fast before Smaug comes back!"
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Hastily grabbing another bite before that pesky squirrel shows up again....
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"Listen, Joe, We Gotta Do Something About That Darned Squirrel!"
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....And Smaug returns and makes himself nice and comfy, right at home....
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In the meantime, another situation where someone hogs the desired space and others are unhappy: this morning I looked out and Alfred was standing on the base of our fountain in the lake. The fountain isn't actually running right now because the timing mechanism got screwed up when the power went out (albeit briefly) during a recent storm. Whoever is responsible for adjusting the timing hasn't got to it yet. The geese, who like to hang out there standing or sitting around and schmoozing, are clearly not happy that Alfred has taken over their favorite site. They keep pointedly swimming past him, glaring at him. LOL! He's been there since late morning and last I looked he was still ruling the roost. Anyway, the minute I spotted him this morning, I grabbed the tripod and hustled it out to the deck, ran back in and assembled the Bazooka and the camera and quickly slipped the works into position on the Wimberley and started shooting. The TC was still on there, too, which was perfect since the fountain is at quite a distance from my deck. Nice to have 840mm reach, as I needed it!
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