Thanks to our PN pal Phil (fotofill) I was able to get this lens after I had exhausted every means known to me.(It pays to have friends in high places) It arrived today and I immediately had to try it on a bird. This was taken in my backyard on a quickly improvised perch near my bird feeders and a juvenile male Cardinal obliged. This was shot at 1/200th, 5.6, iso 400 on a dark, rainy, cloudy day. The DOF at this range is wafer-thin, but I'm thrilled with the lens.The day was much brightened by the lens delivery as I am leaving in 2 days (Monday) on a Puffin photo trip and wanted to use this lens.
This was taken at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County, FL. The bird was sitting atop a small kiosk in the middle of a boardwalk at the park, seemingly oblivious to all the people with cameras and long lenses that were pointed in the opposite direction photographing white pelicans. I was able to get within 5 or 6 feet of this bird.Grey skies and heavy early morning fog make up the background.
For some reason looking at the image it comes across as though 2 images are stitched though of course that is not the case when taking the beak into account. Presume its caused by the vertical position of the feathers and reflection.
Good morning Herman! I think I know why you get the impression that this could be a stitched image, the bump on the beak of this bird still shows some remnants of a fin-like protrusion that mature American White Pelicans grow on their beaks during breeding season. It disappears after mating season. Thanks for commenting.
Just wondering; Im pretty sure you probably shot a few frames here. Do you have one without grass? Im thinking that would make a nice minimalist shot.
Dennis, there are a total of 27 images in that sequence, all of them except one have the grass in them in varying degrees of inclusion. The pelican was flying at very low altitude, probably less than 5 or 6 feet above the surface of the water, so the grass is in all of them with the noted exception. The image without the grass has an undesirable wing and head angle (flying away). Dennis, I considered cloning out the grass for a cleaner look and will do that on some of the others that I process. Thanks for the comments, I agree with you 100 percent an the simpler shot.