Monday, September 16, 2013

More from the Nikon 600mm lens



After taking four hours off on Saturday to take some photos with the new lens I am back to working 15 hours a day so hopefully I got enough shots to last a few days on the blog. Unfortunately, most of the shots I got on Saturday are of pelicans. These were all shot at 840mm using the 1.4x teleconverter.
 
I'm still learning on how to adjust the settings for this lens. We had great light that morning but it was so bright that the white pelicans were washing out in some of the photos. Shooting birds isn't as easy as I thought it would be.

11 comments:

  1. You're getting some pretty impressive results with your new lens already, the third shot looks just about perfect!

    I can't wait to see what you come up with once you figure out what settings work best for that lens / teleconverter combination.

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  2. Thanks Paul. I kind of like that third shot myself! LOL

    The lens seems to shoot great at every f stop with just a little vignetting with the teleconverter on. Almost all of the shots were taken wide open (f5.6 with the teleconverter on) and with ISO's between 1600 and 3200. I was trying to shoot at 1/5000 or higher on the shutter speed just to make sure the action was frozen since I'm still learning how to get a good fluid movement when tracking the birds.

    I just have to remember to change some settings like the exposure depending on what I'm shooting. If it hadn't been for Aaron I wouldn't have even thought to adjust the exposure down some (-0.07 on the third photo). I need to start carrying a notebook with me to keep notes in about how I shoot different things/animals in different conditions as a reference.

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    1. Try spot metering when you shoot on the bird with white feathers, then adjust your iso so you can get the shutter speed above 1/1200. Also, switch the focus on your body camera to C instead of S. Good Luck!

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    2. Thanks Q! I switched to spot metering about two hours into our little trip and that helped some. I had the autofocus set on continuous but I just need to practice tracking the birds with the lens and gimbal head set up. They move a lot faster than I had anticipated so I was jerking the lens around a lot.

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  3. Exposure and focusing in your third shot is nice. Appears to be a fast lens to! (wingtips seem defined and frozen).

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  4. I have to agree with everyone else. That third photo is spot on! Beautiful shot!

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  5. you're already light-years ahead of me! :)

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  6. Love the landing shot! Wow, 840 mm...

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