I’ve been spending a lot of time this winter photography birds. For one thing, I get absolutely starved for color in the drab winter months. Especially so now that the bitter cold has wiped out all of the Camellia blooms. That plus the fact that the birds of winter are at their most colorful during the colder months. It’s hard to top the brilliance of the Cardinal’s scarlet red, the vibrant yellow of the Goldfinch, the deep grays and browns of the Chipping Sparrow, the subtle blue of the Tufted Titmouse and so on… Plus, there’s no foliage to shoot around. I caught these Cardinals and a Sparrow in a River Birch Tree here on the farm. Group shots are a challenge for me but I was right pleased with the overall sharpness of this take. Click on the photograph for a larger view.
As for the gear: Nikon D7100 with a Nikon 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I’ve tried the big 400 and or 600mm lenses from various makers and found all of them wanting in the sharpness department when fully extended. I have yet to find a reasonably priced telephoto lens that is sharper. As I have pointed out before, The D7100 is excellent for wildlife shooting because of its high resolution (24mp) and small sensor which gives you a 1.5 crop factor turning the 300mm lens into a 450mm. As for settings, Auto White Balance, Spot Metering, Aperture Priority Mode,f/11, and the lowest ISO I can get away with. In the shot above that was 160. More coming. Stay Tuned.
Thanks for the look and have a terrific Sunday Evening. Hope your team wins.