Bird Photography During the Pandemic – Part 2

More photos of birds frequenting my feeder setup. A few new species, different “poses”, and a new “stage” (woodpecker feeder) have been added.

Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Leica SL2 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 Lens
Sirui L-10 Aluminium Tilt Monopod Head
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
General Brand 82mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood
Really Right Stuff MPR-73 Multi-Purpose Rail (for lens foot)
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Card

Setup
A woodpecker feeder has been added to the feeder and perch setup.


All photos were taken from indoors, shooting through a double-pane window, using a black cloth to conceal my location. The rubber lens hood allows the front of the lens to be close to the window and helps reduce/eliminate reflections.

Settings
P-S-A-M mode: Manual
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Auto
Focus mode: AF-S
AF mode: Spot
Exposure metering: Multi-Field
Drive mode: Continuous-Medium Speed
Image stabilization: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
FrameShop script

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Bird Photography During the Pandemic

Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Leica SL2 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 Lens
Sirui L-10 Aluminium Tilt Monopod Head
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
General Brand 82mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood
Really Right Stuff MPR-73 Multi-Purpose Rail (for lens foot)
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Card

Setup

All photos were taken from indoors, shooting through a double-pane window, using a black cloth to conceal my location. The rubber lens hood allows the front of the lens to be close to the window and helps reduce/eliminate reflections.

Settings
P-S-A-M mode: Manual
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Auto
Focus mode: AF-S
AF mode: Spot
Exposure metering: Multi-Field
Drive mode: Continuous-Medium Speed
Image stabilization: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
FrameShop script

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Tap & Dye Leather Strap for the Leica SL2

I’m a big fan of Tap & Dye leather camera straps. Big fan. Obsessed? Maybe. I’ve accumulated close to a half dozen of their straps. Tap & Dye is a Brooklyn, NY based maker of handcrafted leather goods with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Justin Waldinger, the Founder & Chief Craftsman of Tap & Dye, states:

Our products are handcrafted from extremely durable, vegetable dyed full grain cowhide sourced from family run U.S. tanneries like Wickett & Craig and Horween, Chicago’s oldest tannery that has existed since 1905. All hardware components are sourced from vendors and manufacturers within the U.S which means that when you support this brand, you are in turn supporting an ecosystem of American manufacturers and vendors as well. And that’s a good thing.

 
When Tap & Dye announced a new adjustable strap late last year, I asked Justin whether he could customize that strap for the Leica SL2. He readily agreed even though no such strap was in his catalog.

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Photographing the Colorado San Juan Mountains with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Hasselblad X1D II Digital Camera
Hasselblad XCD 21mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 30mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 45mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 90mm Lens
Novoflex Tripod (TrioBalance with 4-section Legs)
Arca-Swiss L60 Leveler Head
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Cards
Accessories (the usual suspects; more details here)

Where and When
The San Juan Mountains of Colorado, centered on Ridgway, in late September through early October 2019. The photos in this post are annotated with the specific GPS coordinates for each image, thanks to the in-camera GPS of the X1D II.

This was my second trip to this part of Colorado during the fall. We chose to use Ridgway as our base on this occasion, rather than Ouray, to be closer to the points of interest that we wanted to photograph. The climate was perfect and the fall color did not disappoint.

For trip planning, Robert Hitchman’s Photograph America Newsletter – Colorful Colorado is a good starting point.

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
FrameShop script

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First Impressions of the Hasselblad X1D II 50C Medium Format Camera

On June 19, 2019, Hasselblad announced the X1D II 50C, an evolutionary second edition of the mirrorless medium format X1D 50C. When the original X1D was announced in June 2016, it was the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. Since that time, Fuji has introduced its GFX line of mirrorless medium format cameras, including the 100-megapixel GFX 100. See my post on the original X1D 50C here and my comparison of the GFX 50S and the X1D 50C here.

Now that I’ve had the X1D II for a few days and have used it in the field, I’ll offer my first impressions. Just first impressions. Not a comprehensive review. And not a scientific A-B comparison of RAW files from the original and new edition. For the most part, my impressions are based on my primary use of the camera – landscape photography. I don’t use flash, shoot JPEG, shoot video, or photograph stuff that moves rapidly (for example, birds in flight, soccer games, or unruly kids). Since I’ve been using the X1D for over two years, my findings and opinions are strongly biased by my experience with the original camera. New entrants to the Hasselblad X community may experience discoveries or have observations that I omit or gloss over.
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