Prime Time (1)

All the following photographs were shot using a 50 MM prime lens. No zoom here so if I needed to be closer, or further, it was zoomed with the feet.

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Besides making you think and plan a little more a prime lens will always be crisper than a zoom. In addition the f stops will be wider.

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Prime Time – Click To Enlarge

The wider f stops allowed me to get this reflection in the window.

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Prime Time – Click To Enlarge

And the ship here in the gallery across the street.

A prime is also limiting if you don’t have space, or angle, to get the right shot. The images here were from the same street location in the French Quarter of Charleston, South Carolina. The streets are narrow, sometimes busy, and options for moving around limited.

A 50mm lens is not expensive (a third party lens like Yongnuo about $ 50.00), and small. It takes up no room in a bag.

For real work outside it will not replace my zooms. But if you are shooting portraits or a subject that is not moving/changing it’s a great option.

 

 

Owl, Unexpected Turn

This is a Barred Owl.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken as the bird was being fed by the handler (part of a breeding and education program).

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

The idea behind this series was to capture the birds wings when landing and leaning over the food protecting it (a mantle). This position gives the best view of the feather structure that allows silent flight.

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I had time to quickly change a few lens settings since the owl was flying fairly slow. Also the lens used here was a good focal length (70-300) for this distance.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

A nice side portrait was next, however…

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

the handler put out some food on a tree behind me and was walking away. The Owl saw an opening and took it. Me standing there really didn’t matter at all.

At this point I would love to add the perfect shots as he barreled right over me.

I had a great lens for slow shooting at this distance. Not a very good lens for fast focus of a bird coming head on. Blurs.

 

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