Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/28[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
A couple of weekends ago, I went on a stroll on the path that runs through a marsh in Richardson Bay, between Mill Valley and Sausalito. Armed with a Leicaflex SL2 MOT (no motor, though) and a Telyt-R 1:6,8/400mm lens, I shot a roll of more birds. I uploaded some of them to my Yahoo photo album at: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/kiisaka Getting close to the birds is the biggest problem. With the bright afternoon sunlight with a slight amount of haze, the lighting was easier to cope with, allowing me to use a shutter speed of 1/250" most of the time, with ISO100/21 Fujichrome Provia F. The good old mallard allowed me to get as close as 5m or so, allowing me to fill the frame with his profile. When I stood up, it and its female companion flew away, proving that they were watching me very closely. More timid waterbirds such as American avocet and snowy egrets were quite problematic. I feel there is a lot more to be gained through improving my behaviour than a longer (560? 800?) lens. Learning still continues (and will for decades...) - ----- Ken Iisaka <first name at last name dot org> Still lost in Mill Valley, Marin County, CA.