Having a Blast at Bosque with the Canon 200-400 with Internal Extender « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Having a Blast at Bosque with the Canon 200-400 with Internal Extender


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This image was also created at Bosque del Apache NWR on the very early morning of November 22, 2013 with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the 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 1250. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop as framed in Tv Mode (with ISO Safety Shift).

Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround–Rear Focus AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Having a Blast at Bosque with the Canon 200-400 with Internal Extender

I am co-leading Denise Ippolito’s A Creative Adventure Bosque workshop. She has a great group 10 folks. Despite less than ideal conditions yesterday we got off to a great start. We taught the group to create pleasing blurs in the pre-dawn darkness using Tv mode and either Auto ISO or ISO safety shift and then dialing in some plus compensation. Note that in the image above with lots of land and trees and not a whole lot of sky I was at only +1/3 stop but in the image below with lots of sky I was at +1 1/3 stops. Had I been working against totally grey skies without the light bright strip I would have been at +2 or more. Everyone in the group caught on quickly and during our image review session all were able to share some great images with Denise and me.


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This image was created at Bosque del Apache NWR on the very early morning of November 22, 2013 with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (with the internal TC in place at 436mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops as framed in Tv Mode (with ISO Safety Shift).

Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround–Rear Focus AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Zoom Lenses for Blast-Offs

Intermediate zoom telephoto lenses have always been great for blast-offs. These include but are not limited to the much-maligned Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, the Canon 70-200mm IS lenses (along with comparable lens from Nikor), and the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens. Yesterday morning as I was–by force of habit–mounting my Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II for the morning fly-in, I thought, why not the 200-400? So that is the way I went. Things worked out perfectly. I began without the TC in place but as the birds were way in the back of the main impoundment I simply moved the lever downward to engage the internal 1.4X. This gave me a focal length range of from 280-560mm. It took a bit of practice to get used to zooming in and out with the heavy gloves on but in short order I had things down pat.


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This image too was yesterday morning with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the 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 2000. Evaluative metering +2 stops as framed in Tv Mode (with ISO Safety Shift).

Central sensor/AI Servo/Surround–Rear Focus AF as framed active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Using Tv Mode Techniques to Set a Fast Shutter Speed

Above you saw us using Tv mode with Auto ISO or ISO Safety Shift to have precise control over the blur speed in pre-dawn conditions. With the low light/heavy cloud conditions I showed folks how to use the same set-up to ensure a minimum fast shutter speed by setting 1/1000 sec. as the shutter speed and dialing in +2 stops to photograph the geese and cranes in the dreary light. Things were difficult with the 30-40 mph north winds but at least we had the clouds going for us….

Your Favorite Image?

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of the three images is your favorite. And let us know why. It is 5:51am on the 23; we will be a the refuge with the group in 5 minutes. The forecast is for 4-6 inches of snow tonight. We are praying that the forecast is an accurate one….

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11 comments to Having a Blast at Bosque with the Canon 200-400 with Internal Extender

  • avatar Chris C

    Maybe this is the Elephant in the Room, but, why so few cranes? Also, thanks for the posts and the information! One of these years, I will head out there, but will definitely get the site guide first!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      No elephant anywhere. Towards the end of the month crane numbers were about normal. The birds, however, were using a variety of new habitats and were thus more spread out.

  • avatar Vincent Scarnecchia

    I like the 2nd photo. The bright colors and different shades are striking and the large amount of birds in the frame gives a feeling of depth and action to the image.

  • avatar Bill Goodhew

    What was the shutter speed & f stop on the two images?

  • avatar Bill Patterson

    I like the geese in formation best. I bet the use of video with your 1DX would really be great with the other pictures. I am reading your book on Bosque now so that my trip in a few weeks will be well spent. Read that there are now 77,000 ducks down there.

  • I love the first one for two reasons.

    1. The clean strip of sky and land at the bottom without the geese.
    2. The bottom gives me a more sense of motion.

    Doug

  • The second image is my favorite, wonderful colors. I prefer the warmer tones to the first.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    The last image is my favorite, the sharpness is so good you can see their small black eyes clearly. Also the pattern of the geese [formation] makes a great composition!!

  • The middle one really grabs my eye. The colors are fantastic!