Sunday, 28 October 2012

Ruff and Tumble !

The Ruff was pictured at Titchwell RSPB three weeks ago, manuallly focussed as  I tried my Canon 400mm f5.6 lens with 1.4 converter.  Please let me know what you thing good, bad or indifferent.

Yesterday was bright at times, wintery showers (heavy hail), bitterly  cold with really strong wind. In Filey Country Park some waders were on the cliff top in the park probing the grasses, Oystercatchers and Turnstone and a lone Redshank. I got out the car and was blown away, the monopod blew in the wind, stupiddly I fell on some grass that was pure mud underneath, I shot up hoping no one saw me but now sport a lovely black bruaise where I landed on my beloved camera and lens. Serves me right, I need to be more careful but at leaset I got an Oystercatcher shot or two.



Roy said...

As long as the camera is OK Mike.{:))

Regarding the Ruff.
I think the focus is right as you have focussed on the weeds and its leg OK. I would have expected with your kit that the feathers would be much clearer. Perhaps if you had screwed it down to f7.1 or f8 it may have provided more DOF. Of course it may be that you had to reduce the density of the image to load it on the blog. I find that manual focussing is very difficult at the best of times.

Chris said...

yes you have to be careful and I do hope the camera is ok. I just spent quite a lot of money fixing mine ;-) The shots are really good Mike even with manual focus... A ruff also turned out in Iceland few days ago!!

East Ayton Birding said...

Difficult on a single image Mike.

I tried the Canon 1.4x converter on my 7D and Canon 500mm, and despite tinkering with the micro-focus adjustment, I couldn't get suffient quality. The full size photos looked fine, but they wouldn't tolerate any kind of crop (looked like they'd been taken through the bottom of a milk bottle, despite the expensive equipment). I then made the decision to use the lens only, get as sharp an image as possible, then crop on the computer to get a reasonable image size.

By comparison, just to clarify that it probably wasn't technique that was the problem, with my old Sigma 500mm and a 40D/50D, the 1.4x Kenko converter never came off.

I've seen great results with the 400mm (as well as the 500mm) and 1.4x converter, so I'd spend a fair bit of time on the micro-adjustment to ensure the focussing is as sharp as the kit allows. As per Roy's post, if the light allows, be aware of your apeture, to try and get a wider depth of field.

The converter will definately give you more reach Mike, so worth giving it a good run out.

Adam said...

great photos

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thankfully Roy the cameras fine, Ihave spoted a large bruise for a few days, must be getting old!

I agree with your comments re the exposure. To be honest it was my first go with the converter and I was so intent on trying to get a sharp image nothing else occured to me (it lloked sharp in the cameras LCD.

Thank you Chris, I have it insured having just spent quite a wadge this year.

Thanks for the advice Dave, having spent a fair bit on the converter I need to give it a good go when conditions allow. I will try and micro adjust. Cheers Mike

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