Does This Image Make You Feel Sad? And a Lens Question « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Does This Image Make You Feel Sad? And a Lens Question

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This image was created on 28 June 2021 on the first JAX IPT. While standing and crouching a bit, I used the hand held Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (at 600mm) and The One, the Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless digital camera. ISO 640. Exposure determined via Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/500 sec. at f/10 (stopped down 1 1/3 stops) in Manual mode. AWB at 10:33am on a cloudy bright morning.

Spot S/AF-C (positioned right on the bird’s eye), was active at the moment of exposure and performed as expected. Click on the image to view a larger version

Royal Tern day-old chick — barely alive

The Situation

On our second morning, participant Mike De Rosa found this hours-old Royal Tern chick on the beach and called the rest of us over. We all agreed that it would not have been possible for this tiny, helpless bird to survive. It is likely that the chick had been grabbed by a Laughing Gull that then dropped it. The several Herring Gulls around would gulp down tidbits like these in an instant. Perhaps the chick was so well-camouflaged on the white sand beach that once it was back on the ground and unable to move, it was ignored by other (quite numerous) predators. After we photographed the chick, we picked it up and placed in under a wooden palette on the edge of the colony. It was gone by that afternoon.

Learn more about Mike’s experience on his second IPT in the blog post here)

Does This Image Make You Feel Sad? Why?

The tiny chick was both helpless and beautiful. I photographed it from a crouch, while seated on the beach, and as I laid flat on the dry sand. This image, made from a relatively high perspective as I crouched down a bit, was my favorite.

Please leave a comment letting us know whether or not this image made you sad (and why).

A SONY Lens Question

In fact, I could have created an image with the bird much larger in the frame with the SONY 100-400 at 400mm than I did with the 200-600 at 600mm. How would you explain that?

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6 comments to Does This Image Make You Feel Sad? And a Lens Question

  • When you spend time in nature, you realize that everything is at is supposed to be. Anyone who has a heart cannot look at this and feel nothing, but that is just us projecting our human emotions on the scene. The scene is beautifully photographed.

  • avatar Jean-Louis Rousselle

    The 200 to 600 is a great lens. However, it is a heavy focus breathing lens. When at 600mm, and focusing at the minimum distance, the focal length drop to approx 300mm. Other than this minor issue, it’s a great value proposition. If I were a Sony shooter I would have this lens in my arsenal.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for your comment. I surely use mine often and find it incredibly versatile.

      I do believe, however, that you are way off on the focus breathing; I would guess that it is at least 520mm at 600 and the MFD.

      with love, artie

  • Yes, sad, but do you know the percentage of chicks who survive? (I don’t)
    Answer: the close focusing distance of the 100-400, unless you put an extension tube on the 200-600.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I believe that about half of all chicks that hatch in the wild survive until fledging … But it is difficult to find a good source to confirm that. In addition, it would be interesting to compare the survival rate of hatchlings of altricial birds as compared to precocious birds. The former are hatched blind and totally helpless, the latter dry off in an hour or two and are good to go. All gulls, terns, and shorebirds are altricial.

      with love, a

  • avatar William Eaton

    A little sad but it is natures way..some must die for others to survive.

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