Saturday, August 4, 2012

One Extender Too Many

I saw a Pileated Woodpecker flitting around yesterday and decided to use the stacked extender set up I described a couple of weeks ago here. I figured I might have a chance to be within the 115 foot maximun focusing distance of the bird but didn't think I'd get much closer than that.

As it happened, I ended up about 30 feet from the bird without time to take one of the extenders off. One extender would have been sufficient to get the bird nearly full frame, the image quality would have been better, I would have had a higher shutter speed and I would have had auto focus.

Sometimes it's better to stick with basics rather than using gimmicky set ups to gain an advantage. In any case, here is one of the shots, cropped only to exclude empty space to the left of the bird. Obvoiusly, shooting vertically would have been a better choice, but, I didn't want to take the time to re-orient the camera and maybe lose the shot altogether.

Canon 50D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, f/8, 1/180 sec., ISO 800

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