Sunday, October 14, 2007

Back to Palo Alto baylands

This morning, after dropping my parents off at the SFO airport, Kim and I stopped by the Palo Alto baylands. We arrived at 8am (my parents' flight was quite early) but the weather was sadly not co-operative. It was quite overcast and there weren't as many shorebirds around as usual. Since no birds were flying I didn't get a chance to do any birds in flight. I did however pack my tele-converters so I took the opportunity to practice high focal length photography.

This particular guy was photographed with both the 1.4x and 2x tele-converters stacked which meant I had to manually focus. He turned towards the camera for only a split second so I just focused very quickly and took the shot (thankfully it was in focus). Due to the high focal length, 1.3x crop and overcast skies I also had to crank the ISO pretty high. Overall, I am pretty happy, now I just need co-operative weather.

Technical Specs: Canon 1D3, 500mm f/4 IS + 2x TC + 1.4x TC (1400mm equivalent), f/11, 1/200s, ISO 1600.


Michael said...

1400mm! Wow, that is some reach! I like the way the bird's feet sink into the mud.

Aravind Krishnaswamy said...

Thanks. It is a lot of reach but it still isn't enough :) |sigh| for birds, its never enough :)