Popped into the kitchen, Tuesday morning, for another cup of Java. Out of the corner of my eye, spotted an urban Sparrowhawk feeding on a Dunnock. Not sure whether it’s a female, or a first year immature.
Sod the coffee! Ran upstairs grabbed my camera, even though I expected it not to be there when I got back. Grabbed my EOS 1DX, popped my 400mm F5.6, grabbed a 1.4 converter, plus my Berleback mini wooden tripod, and shot back to the kitchen.
Bit of a baptism of fire for my new/old 400mm, shooting through a kitchen window, covered in rain, on a dull, dull day!
Got back, it was still there, wow. Started shooting and even had time to do a little bit of video, as well. Ended up shooting at 2,500 ISO, but as you can see, noise is minimal. The first shot was shot on the 400mm, on its own, the other three pictures I added a 1.4 MKIII converter – just to add another test to the 400mm. I think for a lens designed, and first released in the 1990′s, it’s a damn fine lens.
The Sparrowhawk stayed around feeding for five minutes, before starting to look up, and around. Ultimately, harassed away by a carrion crow.
I spent five days on holiday, in Northumberland, with she who must be obeyed…
Jumped in the camper-van, Monday morning, with the obligatory black cloud in tow. A.K.A we are ‘The Munsters’!
Upon arriving at the campsite, with said black cloud, which promptly turned into drizzle – with a combination of sea fret. Which was odd, because we were 15 miles inland!
My plan was to be up early, every day, and grab some beautiful, misty ethereal shots on the water. Now, best laid plans, and all that…
Not one day did this happen!
Each and every morning, I’d pop my head of my little port-hole, to be greeted by a pea-soup of a morning. I promptly went back to sleep!
Mid evening, on the day I shot this picture, a sliver of sun eased itself out.
At this point, in blogs, they tell you about the gear they picked up…
So I won’t disappoint, I love my gear! I grabbed my Canon EOS 1DX – with EF 200-400 F4L IS. Promptly flicked the in-built 1.4 extender into place. Mounted on my Gitzo GM5541 monopod – topped off with a Sunwayfoto DT-02 head. If you’re not familiar with Sunwayfoto – Ebay seems to be the place to buy it. Yeah, you have to get past the name, but once you do, it’s great gear.
Now, to the picture. As I walked round the lake, I spotted a familiar looking Canon 300mm – which was attached to Andrew E Mackie – a local photographer. Andrew recommended this spot to bag a nice shot. He was right.
Many thanks to Andrew – you can’t beat local knowledge!
Five days; one picture!
It’s really important to keep my camera sensors clean, and so I get Jason – from Digital Dust Off – to clean my cameras on a regular basis.
A lot of you don’t think about cleaning your sensors, but, like me, you hate sitting in front of your computer cleaning images.
It’s money well spent. £50 a camera but he does a 3 for the price of two, so it’s well worth it!
Really pleased with the way things are looking!