2015—Together At Last
Big Bertha and Big Nik finally met. Big Nik (AKA my Nikon D800) was gone for three weeks being cleaned and serviced by Nikon. During that time, Big Bertha (AKA my Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens) arrived so my D7100, a DX camera, got to try out BB first. Tuesday morning was Big Nik’s first real test with Big Bertha. And, I am thrilled with the results. I attached the 1.4X teleconverter making the lens 850mm.
I noticed the female hummer flitting near the blue fountain again and directed the lens there. I managed to capture a few shots in decent focus at a very slow shutter speed. This lens is exceeding expectations. I took the first shot at f/5.6, ISO 1000, 1/30 second shutter speed and the eye is in good, not tack sharp, but good focus. I upped the ISO to 8063 which resulted in a shutter speed between 1/200 and 1/250 for the other shot. By this time, the hummer had finished bathing and was preening. I was very happy to capture some preening shots with really great gestures, including this one. Mani-pedi anyone?
I cropped both shots to 8X10 to move the bird out of the center of the frame and to make up for my poor composition.