|Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/320 sec. at f/4.|
Anxious to create a few pix with one of my new Mark IV bodies I headed to the cliffs at La Jolla yesterday afternoon. Within minutes, a cormorant flying by overhead unloaded a ton of whitewash on my bald head. Pretty stinky stuff. But when I looked down, I saw that he had scored a double hit: the top of my brand new Canon EOS-1D Mark IV was covered with the white goo. Yikes. Well, it is supposed to be good luck and I am a lover of what is, so, ….
The two images in this post teach an important lesson. In the image above, the head angle is perfect; the bird’s head is turned about two degrees towards me. In the image below, the bird’s head is turned about two degrees away from me. (I knew it the instant that I pushed the shutter button but had no time to move to my right.) It is great that the gular sac is inflated but the head angle is far less than ideal….
|Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6.|
As always, you can click on each image to see a larger, sharper version. You can learn lots more about head angle at this BPN thread: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php?t=7781.