July has come and gone! Hard to believe isn't it? I'm still working on my July project of exploring with my lens. I have one more lens to go and two more to post about. The lens I chose to shoot with this week was my 75-300 zoom. Once again I made myself use my tripod. It does get a little easier, but it's still akward!! I have not conquered this lens, so I'm not totally pleased with these images. They are not as clear and sharp as I want. I'll throw in a little disclaimer here, it is too shady under the tree where my bird feeder hangs and the bird feeder and birds were in constant motion. I know there are camera settings that will help in these circumstances. (more about that below) I could have chosen a stable subject, but, I really wanted to capture images of birds. I want to spend another week with this lens and a more stationary subject!!
Here's the results. I did them x-large in size so you could see that they're just not real clear.
I also had to crop some. The birds wouldn't let me get any closer. The next two pictures are the same, I wanted to show you how much I cropped out. I guess if you want close-up of birds you must have a longer zoom and that I don't think is in my future for a long time!
That pesky Cardinal didn't want to share the food and was in almost everyone of my pictures sitting on the same post with a seed in his mouth! He kept running everyone off!
Mr. Chickadee (I think this is a chickadee) did get a chance every once in a while!
These two doves stay in my yard all the time! I think they have the smoothest looking feathers!
Hurry, hurry, the Cardinal is coming back!!
My settings are off; the one below is bleached out. It was late afternoon, but was still in the sun. You can also tell I've cropped the image, the background is pixeled!
So there you have it. Not great, but they're better than I've captured before!!
I know many of you take excellent images of birds, butterflies, and even those amazingly fast hummingbirds, so I have three questions to ask you.
- Would you share with me what zoom lens you use and the mode and settings you use to capture moving targets?
- What causes the purple outline around objects when the zoom is all the way out and how do I avoid that?
- Do you normally use a lens hood?
I so need some advice!!
Any help will be greatly appreciated!