Red Grouse - Male - Calling - 6

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    Canon 1Ds - 800mm - 1/640th @ f10 - ISO 400

    My first proper go at nature photography with a long lens. There was a little sun on and off during the session, which clearly lifts the subject and provides a natural catchlight.

    The birds were very compliant as I sat in the car, tripod set up, and shooting through the passenger window - they even walked closer at times. Thanks to Chris at the camera club for suggesting the spots to stop.

    1. Pixelda 65 months ago | reply

      Tricky to get it with it's mouth open.

      Some places, in the middle of nowhere, idiots stopped their car to let the dog out, of course frightening the birds away - could they not see a giant telescope in the car as they waled up - what did they think I was doing?

    2. North Light 65 months ago | reply

      Not bad at all Stephen.

    3. Rob'sWalks - back later next year. [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      We saw your giant lens no problem!! Didn't have time to stop and say hello though, as we were in a rush to get back.

    4. wynn_owen 65 months ago | reply

      Incredible first attempt at natural history sharp on the eyes.

    5. Xerones 65 months ago | reply

      Great atempt.

      Must be the same people who walk into my cityscapes......?

    6. Crystalpics [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      Some nice first attempts
      Waiting in anticipation for future captures

    7. katrin glaesmann 65 months ago | reply

      I love the colours in this one!
      Was that bird sitting on your feet? Amazing how close it seems!

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    8. ssabin 65 months ago | reply

      Excellent results with this lens!

    9. Pixelda 65 months ago | reply

      Birds were 50-100 feet away, giving a DOF of 6-12 inches at f5.6 (f2.8 + 2xTC)

    10. SteveMG 65 months ago | reply

      I'm loving these !! :o)

    11. stagedoor 65 months ago | reply

      Superb shot - the new lens is paying dividends already!

    12. s81photos 65 months ago | reply

      Is this the famous one? :-)

    13. Nurmanman 65 months ago | reply

      They're a great series of shots Stephen, you must be pleased with the results from the lens.

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    14. Pixelda 65 months ago | reply

      To go and get pictures first time out, I was well chuffed - mind you, a big learning curve still to do, and the UK is not the easiest place to do wildlife

    15. Geoff Main 65 months ago | reply

      The rich colour and sharpness stand out, nice series of pics. Mind you I thought you'd be lugging that lens 'up hill & down dale', not sitting in the car! :) Looking forward to following the results you get with it and (as always) learning heaps.

    16. spike381966 65 months ago | reply

      Cracking shot Steven great composition too

    17. bingleyman2 65 months ago | reply

      These have worked well and the sun certainly helped. I bet carrying that thing around beats rugby training!

    18. Emmog 61 months ago | reply

      Nice pose and lighting
      Emmog

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