Playing with a long lens

Len, a U3A friend, has been imploring me to spend loads of cash on a new long lens. I’ve resisted! He’s taken some remarkable photos of birds using high ISO values – admittedly from distance – I wanted to play with using my 200mm lens at about 3-4m from the subject.

Lockdown provided the opportunity to sit in a deckchair, with the camera on a tripod and a remote control and experiment with various settings of ISO, shutter speed and aperture in a challenging light situation (ie shade with sunlit background). Out of 121 shots taken using continuous shutter release I got three that were worth sharing. Not because they were great pictures – far from it, but more to record the settings I used.

This shot of the sparrow on the bird bath was taken at 1/1600sec; f/4 with a 200mm lens @ ISO200

The female goldfinch in the shadow was taken at 1/800sec; f/8 (to get a bit more depth of field) with the 70/200mm lens again at 200mm and ISO 800. The same settings were used for it as it took off …


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  1. John Sheppard June 21, 2020 at 09:25 #

    Well, it was certainly worthwhile patiently taking all those shots in order to get these three . Thanks for sharing them, David.

    • David Harrison June 21, 2020 at 17:30 #

      Luckily, John, I took a lot of shots bu5 over a relatively short period.

  2. Marie-Christine Dalm June 21, 2020 at 09:58 #

    They are all interesting, and my preferred is the last one. I am also grateful for the metadata you give us which I find very useful in my educational photographic meandering path!

    • David Harrison June 21, 2020 at 17:31 #

      Thanks M-C, how’s your OU course going? I must have a chat with you on WhatsApp about your progress.

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