Monday, June 18, 2007

Black Oystercatcher

Yesterday was the inaugural outing of the Adobe San Jose photography club. In the late afternoon we (a total of 3 of us) drove down to Point Lobos. My primary intent was bird photography, while the other 2 were trying for fine art landscapes. This was my first real shoot with the 1Ds2, so I wasn't sure what to expect. For the last several days I had immersed my self in reading about and configuring the camera, particularly the AF system.

I initially started doing birds in flight (of which it was pre-dominantly brown Pelicans) and had a few successes (which I'll post later this week), but nothing too exciting compositionally speaking. While waiting for more birds, I spotted this black oystercatcher land on the shore nearby. I quickly grabbed my camera and tripod and got closer. After firing a few frames, I pulled the camera off the tripod, ran down to the shore and perched myself on nearby rocks, where I took the two images in this post.

I couldn't really tell how successful I was in the field since its nearly impossible to determine if critical focus was achieved with the low-rez JPG that is used for playback. I wasn't too optimistic but still somewhat hopeful that something worked out. It turns out that a vast majority of the frames had perfect focus and the only ones I have thrown away so far have been because of poor composition (or lack of reach), so I'm pretty happy. So it seems that the 300 f/2.8 with the 2x TC is sufficient for photography shore birds but for birds in flight, I'll really need something longer.

I also managed to photograph a few other things, which I'll post in the next couple of days.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds2, 300mm f/2.8 IS + 2x TC, f/5.7, 1/500s, ISO 800 (top), ISO 1600 (bottom).

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