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Gone Birding...

April 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


I'm no lover of warm weather...

Spring however brings the one event that I look forward to almost as much as the next Winter...migrating birds. It's still early but I'm out of practice so I've been heading outside as much as my schedule allows hoping to catch anything that flies. April started off pretty desperate...cold snaps and frequent snow then four days ago the clouds parted and it's been blue skies. Perfect lighting in the mornings and early evenings for birding. So far I've managed to spend time in the field from Algonquin Provincial Park all the way down to Point Pelee National Park...though the latter is still restricted.

Central to that has been the XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR + The 1.4X TC attached to the Fujifilm X-T2, my daily driver. Pegging a target smaller than your hand at 20 yards or more...not easily done without the right gear.

I've written follow up reviews [HERE] and [HERE] and I can definitely tell you that nothing replaces quality time with your gear. I rarely bother with reviews where the writer basically picks up the camera/lens and churns out photos of cats and action figures. This lens needs a good investment in time even for seasoned long-lens users. My hit rate has gone way up over the past few months even in challenging light. It's lived at 400mm (600mm *35mm) the majority of the time and renders images with lot's of energy and presence.

Sadly I have to pack it away fro the next week or two as I'm off on an assignment to a location where it would really be fun in my off-time. It's a space issue..I like my gear to fit in the overhead compartment of planes. I'm taking along just enough equipment to get my job done and fly out as soon as possible. Also a lens this big catches a lot of attention. I don't need the hassle of watching for potential trouble the entire trip.

A small note..my nature photography workflow is due for an update but I'll do that by way of a video in the very near future. For the time being the heavy lifting is still getting done in Adobe Lightroom, while noise reduction, local area adjustment and sharpening are finished off in Photoshop. I've started using Defin2 in the Nik Software collection for more targeted noise management but who knows for how long...the company that bought the application from Google just filed for bankruptcy protection...sigh.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/500 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO800 560mm (840mm *35mm) 1/1250 F8

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/500 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/500 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/400 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/500 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/640 F5.6

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

ISO400 400mm (600mm *35mm) 1/2000 F5.6

 


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