…morning light is magic…

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

The first Flycatcher made a nice landing on the branch and then was dive-bombed by another.  The first one held his ground.  Taken at Laguna Seca Ranch.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/1600 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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1/2000 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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2 responses

  1. I’m fascinated by your use of a tripod and mount. This bird and your pictures are wonderful, but isn’t the tripod encumbering vs. handheld? Maybe I need to try it more often.

    June 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    • Stephen, With my 500mm lens, I typically use either a tripod or ground pod with a Wimberley gimbal head. It gets too heavy, for me anyways, to handhold the big lens for very long. For my recently posted photos from Laguna Seca Ranch, they were taken from inside blinds, mostly from a seated position, using my tripod. Using a gimbal head with a tripod is the only way to go with a big lens. The range of motion is excellent and effortless. Typically don’t feel encumbered with the tripod, except for when I’m not set up for the shot and a bird fly’s by.

      June 14, 2015 at 8:03 pm

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