This Pileated Woodpecker is a daily backyard visitor and I haven't taken much time to photograph him and his family as of late. This shot was an experiment as I was testing my f-stops on the 300 lens. f2.8 is wide open on this fast lens and allows more light to enter the sensor and therefore a photo can be taken at a faster speed in low light conditions...The downside of a low f-stop is a shallow depth of field . (Which is not always a downside)
Below of course is my always photo-irresistible Annas Hummingbird. I have taken many , many photos of this guy and each one seems very different. Every angle he presents gives another perspective and a differnt play of light on his feathers!
*... All the below where shot handheld at f-7.1 and a shutter speed of 1/250th to 1/320th.
Just a few shots from my back deck today of one of my favourite little GEMS , Mr Annas!!!! (handheld using the 300mm + 2X teleconverter @ ISO 3200 )
The forecast called for sun, and though I did see it peeking through a couple times, the fog stopped direct sunlight from illuminating my images.... So ISO 2000 with relatively slow shutter speeds ruled.
My highlight today was seeing a small girl and her dad feed their anxiously waiting avian friends. I overheard her saying how they were stepping on her foot and felt heavy! Certainly one way to win over a crowd! :)
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.