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Want to say how much my wife and I enjoyed your presentation last night. Beautiful shots.
Given that we both have Cannon 7Ds and what you did with a 100to400MM cannon lens, I am getting one also. I was going to get a 70 to 200 zoom and one day a 500mm. But given the cost of the 500mm, your route is a lot more pleasing to the significant other.
What would you recommend for a macro lens and also a wide angle, and all around “tourist” len? Can you substitute a 100-400 zoom for a 70-200 zoom that I originally thought was good for an all-around lens. I do have a very nice “portrait lens”, fixed at 50mm that was just purchased with the camera. This is a serious “grandkid lens”.
We had a prior committement for Saturday’s outing otherwise, please keep us posted for future outings/events.
March 24, 2011 at 9:33 am
Thanks Dennis. Glad that you enjoyed the class. You’re going to like the 100-400. This lens may be too long at 100mm for an all around “tourist” lens. I’ve got a Canon 17-40 that worked well for a trip to China. Something in between may be best for a walk around lens. I don’t have a macro lens but have heard great things about the Canon 100 and 180mm macro lenses.
March 26, 2011 at 5:32 am
Thanks for posting this. I am new to digital and this really helped.
April 22, 2012 at 11:16 am
Congratulations on your new 500mm. I really enjoyed your write up and can feel the excitement in your words. I laughed when you said you almost hugged the UPS guy.
That was cute.
You should try Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge soon. I just made a trip out there and the Wood Storks are plentiful right now. They are located at the last pond (in the back) on the Auto Trail. As a matter of fact, I never seen so much bird activity as there is now. Believe it or not, for some odd reason there were no mosquitoes. Not a one! The spraying of the area must be working. Again congrats on your new tool.
August 25, 2012 at 9:34 am
Thanks Sandy. I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. Thanks about the Brazoria NWR tip. I’ll have to check it out soon.
August 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm
I’m so glad I was in your Featherfest 2015 Ground Pod Field Trip! What a difference getting down low makes in the photo POV. Thanks for all the tips & techniques.
April 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm
Thanks Caren. I’m glad that you enjoyed the trip. Shooting down low is the only way to go for shore birds. Hope that you get a chance to do it again sometime.
April 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm
your images are magic….congratulations…..I once had a friend by your name…who bought me a book on Seaguls! seems so apt….regards Jane . Cumbria. UK .
May 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Thanks Jane for your kind words. I haven’t met any Timmis’ outside my immediate family. Very interesting. Maybe birds are in our DNA…
May 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Wow – you are so talented! Looking forward to seeing your recent shots. It was nice meeting you in Morro Bay. -Amanda with the Nikon (and Eric with the patience)
November 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Thanks Amanda. It was nice meeting you and Eric as well. Hope that you got some great shots at Morro Bay and on the rest of your trip. I’ll be posting some of mine shortly.
Recommend that you try shooting in aperture priority to blur out the background, use single focus point to make sure that your subject is in focus, learn to use exposure compensation and your histogram to confirm that you have the proper exposure in your camera and get lots of practice.
November 11, 2017 at 6:52 am
I got some fairly decent shots (for me) from San Diego up to San Francisco – zoo animals, monarchs, harbor seals, elephant seals, otters. I think I’ll need to do the whole trip all over again once I gain skill and practice 😉 . Thank you for the advice – I have a lot to learn. Finally got out of the clouds/marine layer long enough to catch a sunset in Carmel. Great trip!
November 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Sounds like you had a very good trip. Just keep up the practice with your camera, learn how it works in detail and you will do well. Another recommendation is to buy a book called “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson. It will help you learn the basics of controlling exposure in your camera. Have fun.
November 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm
Thanks, Tim. I’ll put it on my library hold list. 🙂
November 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Hi Tim! I’m going to Brazos Bend Park April 13 and 14. What month did you get your baby shots?
February 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm
Hi Kristen. Sorry that it took so long to get back to you. I believe that most of my baby gator shots were in the summer. I haven’t been to Brazos Bend in a long time but need to make it back out there. Just saw some posts from Facebook with owl photos from there.
March 11, 2019 at 6:22 am