Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Playing around with my equipment, cleaning, adjusting perfect for a day with bad light or in my case when you are stuck in bed.  I am still surprised how sharp the 300mm 4.0 is even when used with 1.4 converter as was the case with the fledgling of the red siskin.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

There are these birds I wanted to see and take pictures of as long as I can remember. Among them one of the most impressive birds of the Northern hemisphere the Capercaillie. When my friend Mike told me that he knows an area where a caper could be found I was over the moon.  We decided to drive there the next day, seven hours driving is not something I really adore. But what we found in the forest would have been worth a much longer drive- my first caper. Not shy at all and in perfect condition not a single ruffled feather. Sometimes dreams come true, and even the dull light didn't stop us from taking pictures. A little fill flash helped to bring the colors back, although the highly reflective plumage of the species is not an easy target for flash-photography and mostly the flash was set to -2.3 and even then sometimes was to bright. Despite this challenges this was a weekend we all will not forget.