While sitting on my deck this evening, I captured images of some Grey Catbirds. Although the birds are pretty drab, they are good for practicing good long-lens technique. I used a Nikon D300 camera. The smaller DX sensor gives the illusion of 1.5x magnification for the 600 mm lens. I can get the same effect by using the D3x camera and cropping to the same size. Down side for the D300 camera is that the sensor is not as good in low light, and that the processing speed and buffer is not as fast as the D3 series camera bodies.
I also saw a Ruby Hummingbird, however it was too close to focus with the lens I was using. There is nothing much in bloom right now, so I might get a hummingbird feeder to see if I can get some local hummingbird images.
Another composite image of fireflies in my backyard. This time with a telephoto lens at f/13 to try to get a deeper depth of field effect. As before, the camera was set up to take 25 second images, and the resultant 110 images combined using the Startrails program.
Backyard Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Moth or Butterfly?
I saw this insect while sitting out on the deck this evening. It landed at just beyond the minimum focus distance of the lens. Two images with slightly different depth of field (f/4, 1/125 sec) and (f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Both shot “mirror up” with 30 sec delay to allow the lens to stabilize.