Sunday Shots, 03/28/21

So I took the plunge this week. My buddy Kyle Dudgeon was looking to upgrade his equipment, so he offered me a great deal on his Canon 500mm f/4 Mark I lens. It was an offer couldn’t resist, especially since I know that this particular lens is capable of taking spectacular shots – you can check out some of the work Kyle did with it here. I never really pictured myself upgrading to such a large lens, but I have to say, a week into it and I’m hooked.

~Double-crested Cormorant at Round Lake this morning, 03/28/21.~

Kyle warned me that there would be a learning curve before getting optimal results with this lens, and that has certainly shown to be true; I’ve had a real mixed bag of results. But, I like where it is heading, and I’m looking forward to learning some new things. I’m also looking forward to getting some more decent opportunities with birds, because this week was sort of a dud for me with not many opportunities.

~Eastern Bluebird in the black dirt 03/27/21. This shot was taken with my 1.4 extender.~
~On Friday evening we sat out on the back deck to enjoy the warmer temperatures. The Turkey Vultures which normally roost in our yard did a fly-by before deciding to roost elsewhere; I’m thinking it was because of the high winds we had that night.~
~There was something weird about this Greater Scaup’s wing, I’m not sure if it was injured or not. There’s also something funky about this photo, I can’t put my finger on it but I’m not loving it. GRSC at Glenmere Lake, 03/22/21.~
~One more shot of the DCCO at Round Lake this morning in the rain.~

12 thoughts on “Sunday Shots, 03/28/21”

  1. Oh my GOODNESS. The detail and quality of that cormorant is AMAZING Matt!!!! The perimeter of the eye is extraordinary. Great job. Can’t wait to see the next chapter for you with your new lens. Congratulations on the upgrade that we all get to benefit from.
    Curt

  2. You will be up to the new opportunity and challenge. Looks like you are already. Great shots. You will also be able to use a 1.4 converter without loss of much light. My weekend photography consisted of taking shots of nesting Monk Parakeets and Ospreys

    1. I sure hope so Bruce. So far it’s been fun. You know I’ve never seen a Monk Parakeet properly. Thanks for checking in. Matt

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