2014—A Cool Drink On A Hot Day

It was 102° (but it’s a DRY heat!) outside and I was itching to test the new lens that I bought at Action Camera a couple of days ago specifically for bird photography. I plan to take it with me in January on my next Moose Peterson adventure, photographing birds in Costa Rica. The focal length of this lens is 80-400mm and, when attached to my D7100, a DX (crop sensor) body, the lens is effectively a 600mm lens. Wow, I can’t wait to see what will happen with the 1.4x teleconverter attached. It would then be an 840mm lens.

At about 4PM, at the time of almost peak temperature, I ventured outside with my glass of iced tea and the new lens on the D7100. But, because of the length of the lens, I could sit in the shade right outside my back door. Almost immediately, a hummingbird appeared at the edge of the fountain to get a drink. I took a few shots, hand holding this monster 3.5 pound lens. Immediately after the hummer flew off, a house sparrow landed to take a few sips. After that bird flew off, I set up the tripod but no birds returned after that. I posted both cropped (same crop) and uncropped photos. Needless to say, I am very happy with the new lens.

Settings: 400mm (effective 600mm) f/7.1 1/125 ISO 200

Cropped:

Day 160-6

As shot:

Day 160-6-2

Cropped:

Day 160-11

As shot:

Day 160-11-2

One thought on “2014—A Cool Drink On A Hot Day

  1. Wow- amazing what you can do with the right gear- and some patience and shade on a hot day! Beautifully shot! You are going to get so much use out of that lens!

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