Great Egret, Fort DeSoto Park, south of St. Petersburg, FL. Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens handheld with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6 set manually. Fill flash at -2 stops with Better Beamer.
Photographer Experience Quiz
The six superb images presented here were all created by the same photographer. They might be my images. They might belong to a relative beginner. They might have been made by an experienced nature photographer with a dozen years under their belt. I love each of the images both for their technical excellence and their artistic design.
Important note: the images are protected by copyright law. I will add a copyright notice here once I reveal the name of the photographer. I will do that in a few days at most.
The quiz is multiple choice. Here is the question:
How many years of bird photography experience does the photographer who created these images have?
a) Less than one month
b) Less than six months
c) Less than one year
d) Less than two years
e) Less than four years
f) Less than eight years
g) more than eight years
h) about 27 years, 4 months
In your comment please use the actual words rather than the letter code. Or both. And please give a brief reason for your choice. If by chance you know for sure whose images these are, or think that you know, please refrain from playing. Thanks.
Roseate Spoonbill, Alafia Banks, Tampa Bay, FL aboard James Shadle’s Hoptie Deux. Tripod-mounted Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/2000 sec. at f/8 set manually.
Sanderling preening, Sanibel, FL. Panning Ground-Pod mounted Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/5.6 set manually.
American Oystercatcher dining on skate egg case, Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY. Tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 640. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.6 set manually.
Sandhill Crane among the grasses, Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM. Tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X II teleconverter and EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop. 1/800 sec. at f/10 set manually.
American Wigeon hen walking on ice, Socorro, NM. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with the 1.4X II teleconverter (handheld at 280mm) with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/9 set manually. Fill flash at -1 2/3 stops.
I look forward to reading your comments.
Note: All of the images in this post are copyright Clemens van der Werf who began photographing birds in February 2010. Learn more about Clemens here.
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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens
Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens
Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens
Canon 1.4X II teleconverter
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body
Canon 580 EX II Speedlite
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