Don't frighten the wildlife
We all love to get a nice shot of a bird, butterfly,insect or the like, only to find that as we sneak upon them, OFF THEY GO!!!
To get around this I have tried the following technique:
Using my S200EXR along with the Raynox 2.2X lens fitted
I went out to find a suitable location to experiment with the set-up
This looks like a likely spot, a stone bridge over a stream with open meadow on one side of the bridge and long reeds on the other.
So now having chosen the location I fit the Raynox lens and resting on the parapet of the bridge, start to look for a suitable subject. I find that with clicking the macro setting and using the cameras full zoom (not digital) some good depth of field effects are seen.
The auto focus works a treat on the S200EXR.
By just moving the field-of-view left and right the camera auto-focuses on different objects, when you like what you see, press that shutter.
Then we can patiently look for some wildlife.
You must remember that we are some 30-35 foot away from the subject, good lighting ensures no camera shake
Even those intimate moments can be captured without disturbing the subject.
Nervous young chicks and parents are not disturbed
This Dad feeding the baby house sparrow was taken through the kitchen window with the same camera settings.
The basking Blackbird was also taken through glass (double glazing)
No matter how small the subject may be, getting in close without disturbing can have its rewards.
Young "bright eyes" here has been chomping away at my nuts for the last two years, at times I have three at once on the feeder.
So there we are, I hoped you have enjoyed this little tutorial. Now there are lots of you out there who could take better shots than these but I wanted to put this together today as I had a "window" in my work schedule. I hope it has given a little bit of encouragement to you and who knows, perhaps you will extend your vision as I have.
Thanks very much for looking. Have fun and happy snapping.
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