I thought I would show you my camera and the lens I have been using for a lot of the wildlife photos. I am rarely close enough to an animal to be in danger thanks to my Sigma 500mm lens. I have my 70mm (standard) lens on my camera to show you the difference in sizes. Yes, the 500mm is a little heavy to carry around, but it is worth it when I am getting such wonderful close-ups.
The lens has a stabilizer that I can turn on if needed. The stabilizer keeps my photos sharp and clear so I rarely use a tripod to keep the camera steady.
I recent purchased a D7000 Nikon to replace my old D70. I am so much happier with the new Nikon. Just the difference in Megapixels has really made taking pictures so much more fun. My old D70 only did 6 megapixels. My new D7000 - 16 megapixels and I can shoot 6 photos per second!
and still have a great photo. Why I look like I was right next to this Great Egret. Only in my photos...He would not let me get closer than 100 feet before flying farther down the creek.
|Rapid shooting can get some excellent action shots.|
If I can get it to focus, of course..
I goofed on this hawk's identity. It is not a Cooper's Hawk. This is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Apparently, they have similar markings according to this link.
|This guy was very close to me thatI had to back up to take his photo through the branches. I had scared him out of some tall grass. I think I interrupted his lunch and he did not want to leave it.|
|The hardest part is getting the Auto Focus to focus on the bird and not the branch.|
|Did I hear a camera click? I heard the Paparazzi were around today.|
I have several favorite Christmas videos that I watch this time of year. Here's:
By Trans Siberian Orchestra