Entries in anhinga (2)
I have heard Scott Bourne call bird photography the most difficult kind there is. I do not know if I can necessarily agree with that, as anyone who has tried to photograph a wedding on a super hectic schedule might have a legit disagreement, or done underwater photography, but no doubt when you consider the serious kit you need to even get within range of most birds, it is not a type of photography to enter into casually. For example, this anhinga actually was just standing on the edge of a short pier. Even with a 70-200mm lens and 2x teleconverter on my D300's 1.5 crop sensor, for an effective focal length of 600mm, this is only as close as I could get doing no cropping. The anhinga was maybe 25 feet away. Nikon's true 600mm lens is a $10,000 piece of kit! The lens and teleconverter I borrowed from a friend itself is not that cheap, about a $2,200 solution.
You might be wondering why was I shooting at f/8? Why not shoot closer to the lens' maximum aperture of f2.8? Well, first, the 2x teleconverter automatically makes a f/2.8 lens a f/5.6 lens. Then, I could not get a sharp shot at all with an aperture larger than f/8. It was my first time ever to use that lens as well as the teleconverter, and I was handholding that huge setup, so on at least a monopod I might have been able to stop up a bit.
The anhinga is a very showy bird always willing to dry out its wings for you or, as seen above, flex up. If you do like to do bird photography, Florida is a great place to live, and even Scott Bourne winters here for over a month ever year.
A recent visit to Kapok Park in Clearwater gave me the chance to make some of my best bird photographs yet. This anhinga very nicely hung out for awhile looking all around, eventually ending up with its neck almost tied in a knot! I have several in this series I will post together in the near future.
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