I rarely write both blogs about the same subject, this is a first for me. Normally the subject I write about in this blog lags behind the other one day. I intentionally time them a day apart because on occasion they will be posted by Word Press next to one another making it appear they are the same.
None the less I was out this morning working on ISO, Shutter Speed and f-stop. I make the declaration that nothing has changed, I was thinking I would discover a lower ISO would win the day. that a was mistaken thought, in the end I added the functionality of the lower f-stops with those I used prior.
Although the feeder is a mere 25 feet from the camera I chose to use my Tamron 150-400mm lens. This photo’s settings ISO 1000, F-8 and Shutter speed 1/800, pretty much my go-to parameters. The results were not the sharpness I was striving for, however I suspect most of the lack of detail is due to poor focusing. I changed between manual single shot and multiple point manual single shot. The later focuses on the center point but takes the outer 8 spots into consideration, where the single shot only uses the center point. The multi point also follows the subject as long as the shutter is held 1/2 way; this is the mode I prefer.
This was shot in the single point focused on the Hummingbirds eye which is noticeable in this image. Manual single shot is best used when photographing a subject at rest, the focus point does not follow the intended spot. Each time the subject moves the camera needs to be re-focused, still life, landscapes and animals at rest are it’s intended uses. I still use it for dynamic animals, one of the reasons I have a lot of deleted pictures I suppose. I have better luck capturing nicely detailed images utilizing that mode, however I still prefer the manual single shot 8 point grid.
This Sparrow is a good subject for manual single shot, until it moves that is. When it does move the camera loses focus and is incredibly difficult to recapture a rapidly flying small bird. Hence the use of the preferable grid which keeps the focus on the original focal point. A Sparrow is a good subject for single shot the Hummingbird not so much; the best subject in the bird world are Egrets and Herons.
Such as this Great Blue Heron, he stayed in that position for a considerable amount of time, I focused on the eye facing us. Using the same settings I employed with the Hummingbirds this image shot with the use of my 18-135mm lens came out well despite the distance of 75 feet.
As luck would have it this Egret was believe it or not on the opposite side of the dock as the Heron. They do not get along as the Great Blue Heron is territorial, protecting it with vigor. However the images ended up nicely as a landscape using the birds as subjects. The same parameters were used ISO 100, f-8 and 1/800 shutter.
All in all at the end of the day I am quite satisfied with the discovers and confirmations I made today; they will add to my arsenal of knowledge. Tomorrow I will work on developing my skills in capturing highly detailed images of the Hummingbirds, and if they don’t show perhaps another animal will.
Jacques Lebec Flutter Shutter