13.04.08 | New Kit

I've finally taken the plunge and bought a decent lens for my Canon EOS 400D. I decided to go for the Canon 100-400 IS USM f4.5/5.6L. I wanted a lens with image stabilization but couldn't afford the fixed focal length Canon lenses, so this seemed the perfect option, it may lack the pin sharp quality of the fixed focals, but so far it's looking good and the zoom range makes this a great walk about lens. Below is a selection of images taken today at Belvide using the new lens, lighting wasn't good, but I'm really pleased with my first attempts and I'm looking forward to some bright conditions to see what it can really do. I also decided to go for the Canon 1.4x converter, I lose 1 stop of light but in terms of image quality it is pretty much invisible. So with the size of Canon EOS 400D censor I'm getting 400mx1.6x1.4 giving me the equivalent of 896mm. The stabilization works really well, and the effects are instantly noticed when you get focus lock.

A selection of shots from Belvide with the Canon 100-400


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Great Tit


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Coot


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Wren


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Wren


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Tree Sparrow


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Tree Sparrow

I'm going to set up a new section with in this website dedicated to my DSLR set up, with settings, techniques and a gallery, so if your interested in DSLR telephoto photography, or like me, are new to the DSLR telephoto method, check back soon for my latest findings.

The website will also soon be expanding to include a section on astronomical digiscoping, including digiscoping the moon and planets with a spotting scope, it will feature a gallery plus advice and tips written by myself and Phil Sokell, an astronomy expert from Optical Hardware. Check back soon.



06.04.08 | Winter Wonderland!

I went to bed on Saturday night watching heavy snow fall, so I decided to set my alarm early on Sunday morning, hoping for a good covering for some nice winter shots. I got up at 7.30a.m to a good covering of at least 1" of snow and bright blue skies. I decided to stay in my home garden, as I really wanted to capture an image for this years Christmas card. The birds in my garden are used to me now so I can get very close to the feeders, I opted for the Canon EOS 400d and 75-300mm lens. I was really pleased with the Chaffinch image, the snow in the background makes his colours stand out really well.

Later, Michaela and I went for a walk at our local reserve of Bateswood, it was lovely to stroll in the snow and conditions was crystal clear. Skylarks were singing on the plateau. Hoping to get down to Belvide next weekend for some digiscoping if the weather is good.


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Chaffinch


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Chaffinch


Blue Tit
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Starling
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