Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Just a Few Birds

With no luck in my attempt to get some ‘iconic’ images of Deer or Foxes in winter settings, I turned to the more and relatively easy option of birds to photograph.  Relatively easy, because, though easier to find, photographing small birds that are constantly moving and in very poor lighting conditions, put photographer and equipment to the test.

All images below had to be shot wide open to get the fastest possible shutter speed.  This meant a very narrow depth of field and along with a shutter speed usually not fast enough to avoid a combination of freezing the action and avoiding camera shake, some two thirds of the resulting images were out of focus.

SMP_7516

Great Tit - Sigma 500mm - 1/1000 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600

 

SMP_7540

Nuthatch - Sigma 500mm - 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

 
SMP_7551

Blue Tit - Sigma 500mm - 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

 
SMP_7574

Coal Tit - Sigma 500mm - 1/800 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

 
SMP_7582

Reed Bunting - Sigma 500mm - 1/640 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

 
SMP_7600

Blue Tit - Sigma 500mm + 1x4 converter - 1/1320 sec, f6/3, ISO 3200

 
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Nuthatch - Sigma 500mm - 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

 
SMP_7625

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Sigma 500mm + 1x4 converter - 1/200 sec, f6/3, ISO 3200

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