CDLC Focus On Feature
Be sure to check out my 10-image “FOCUS ON: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x” feature on the Canon Digital Learning Center here. Click on the home tab for lots more great articles and videos.
This image was created with the Todd-pod supported Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 560mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop as framed in Manual Mode: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3.
One sensor to the left and one sensor up from the Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround/Rear Focus AF as framed. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
We were thrilled, at 7:33 am on August 17, on the Tanzania Summer Safari, to find a gorgeous male Ostrich parading around in early morning light. As I did often on the safari, I used both the 200-400 and the 600II to create a variety of images.
On the first morning of the Swan Island Dahlia Farm IPT many of the participants approached denise and me to share their images. They would show us one image of this flower and one image of that flower. We quickly found ourselves preaching repeatedly: “Once a subject catches your eye, makes lots of images of it. Work it. Vary your perspective. Use different apertures. Change lenses. Make some horizontals. Make some verticals.”
Except for the “use different apertures” bit, the same advice is equally important on safari. Once we realized that we had a cooperative subject, we directed our driver/guide to move the van probably more than 20 times to secure a new perspective and try for ideal, uncluttered backgrounds.
This image was also created with the Todd-pod supported Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 560mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as framed in Manual Mode: 1/500 sec. at f/6.3.
Three sensors to the left and one sensor up from the Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround/Rear Focus AF as framed. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Our cooperative Ostrich was a handsome male in full breeding plumage. There was a female nearby. We hoped against hope that they would begin their amazing courtship behavior but that was not to be. We did see the Ostrich dance twice that morning, both times with distant, backlit subjects.
This image was created with the Todd-pod mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/8 in Tv mode.
Central sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus on the white band on the neck (as framed) active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Which of the three Ostrich images is your favorite? Be sure to let us know why.
Ostrich Image Questions
In Ostrich I, why didn’t I point the lens more to the right to effectively move the subject more to our left in the frame?
In Ostrich II, where would you have put the bird in the frame?
After clicking on each photo to see a larger version can you determine which of the three images is the least sharp on the face?
Check out Jim Neiger’s great, long-awaited new e-Guide on photographing birds in flight here.
See You Soon!
I fly to Islip tomorrow for a whirlwind tour of the northeast with Denise Ippolito with stops in Fishkill, NY on Saturday followed by a series of events in Canton, MA just south and east of Boston. It is not too late to register for any of the three great events. No need to register for the Tuesday night Mass Audubon special program. Click here for complete details and links.
2014 Tanzania Summer Safari
If you are interested in joining us in Tanzania next summer please shoot me an e-mail and I will be glad to forward you the PDF with dates, itinerary, and price.
For information on both the 7-Day and the recently announced short version of the 2013 Bosque IPTs please click here and scroll down.
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