Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vacation: Bird Photography

© 2010 Am Ang Zhang

Small birds present a great challenge. Focusing is often a problem because surrounding leaves and branches will defeat even the best autofocus system of the modern camera. This photo was taken with an older Nikon DSLR using an old manual 180mm/2.8 ED lens that is effectively 250mm. This is just about the minimum focal length one needs for this kind of photography. Manual focusing overcomes the problem mentioned earlier, and it is often useful to take multiple shots, changing the focusing minimally for each shot.

The Nikon 180/2.8 ED is arguably the best manual lens Nikon ever made!

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Sam said...

It's beautiful CC! You caught the bird looking at the camera too ... and he has an amazing hair style! ... and that bluring of the greens! Amazing shot ... technique wise, I could never get it that good!


Cockroach Catcher said...

It is pure luck.


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