Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Enjoying the Sun!

Enjoying the Sun!

The bright sun on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Ridgefield NWR allowed me to take some shots with my f8–1000mm (500 II + 2x III) set up.  This was my first opportunity to use my 500mm lens since my daughter, Kimi, and I spent time calibrating the Auto Focus using the LensAlign MkII target over at her house.  (I’ll get into more details about the actual testing in a future blog post).

We calibrated the lens bare at 500mm, and also with both the 1.4x and 2x extenders separately attached.  The actual lens micro-adjustment was made in the camera, which memorizes and utilizes the new adjustments settings depending upon which lens set up is attached to the camera.

This shot of the Ring-necked Duck was made at a distance of about 100-120 feet, a distance I’d never attempt with the bare 500 on this size of bird.  While I wasn’t crazy about the harsh bright sunlight from an image standpoint (I’d rather have some lightly diffused light for this color of duck), it gave me a good amount of light to enable me to test the f8-1000mm set up in action conditions.

A tip about photographing waterfowl behavior:  If you see a duck “taking a bath” in the water, i.e., splashing around and ducking its head under water to get water on its back, there’s a very good chance that soon it will do this standing up/wing flap movement captured here in this shot.  So have your camera set with a fast shutter speed, focus, and be ready to shoot bursts.

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f8, ISO 800, 1000 mm.


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