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Bird Photography During the Pandemic – Part 5

I have continued to photograph birds that frequent our bird feeders. This will probably be my last post of the season because fewer birds are visiting the feeders as temperatures drop and the sun is very low in the sky during the day. The feeders will remain during the fall and winter for those birds that do not migrate.


Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Sirui L-10 Aluminium Tilt Monopod Head
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
General Brand 77mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood
Kirk LP-65 Replacement Lens Foot
SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SD Card

Setup
See my last post for a photo of the feeder 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/8-11
Shutter speed: Typically 1/250-1/500 sec.
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Auto: White
Focus mode: AF-C
Focus area: Wide
Face/Eye Priority in AF: On
Face/Eye Subject: Bird
Shutter type: Electronic Shutter
Metering mode: Multi
Drive mode: Continuous: Mid (10 images/sec.)
SteadyShot: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
Topaz DeNoise AI
FrameShop script

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Bird Photography During the Pandemic – Part 4

I have continued, during the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic, to photograph birds that frequent our bird feeders. I’m now shooting with a Sony Alpha 1 (a1) mirrorless digital camera. One of the compelling features of this camera is Eye AF which enables the camera to detect and focus on the subject’s eye(s). In addition, the subject of Eye AF can be selected between Human, Animal or Bird. Obviously for these photos, I’ve selected Bird. Once the bird lands on the perch or feeder, I can half-press the shutter release, enable AF, and then shoot frames at a fast frame rate with the bird’s eye perfectly in focus. It’s almost too easy.


Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Sirui L-10 Aluminium Tilt Monopod Head
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
General Brand 77mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood
Kirk LP-65 Replacement Lens Foot
SanDisk 128GB 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/8-11
Shutter speed: Typically 1/250-1/500 sec.
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Auto: White
Focus mode: AF-C
Focus area: Wide
Face/Eye Priority in AF: On
Face/Eye Subject: Bird
Shutter type: Electronic Shutter
Metering mode: Multi
Drive mode: Continuous: Mid (10 images/sec.)
SteadyShot: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
Topaz DeNoise AI
FrameShop script

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Photographing the Canadian Rockies with the Hasselblad X1D 50C

Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Hasselblad X1D Digital Camera
Hasselblad XCD 30mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 45mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 90mm Lens
Hasselblad HC 210mm Lens
Novoflex Tripod (TrioBalance with 3-section Legs)
Arca-Swiss L60 Leveler Head
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Cards
Accessories (the usual suspects; more details here)

Where and When
The province of Alberta, Canada, centered near Calgary in Okotoks, exploring south to Crowsnest Pass and west to Lake Louise in June 2018.

This “first for me” trip to Alberta was a success, thanks to our gracious host, good friend, and fellow photographer David Duffin, who acted as our guide and expert source of information on everything about Alberta. David is a true gentleman and his photographs of the Canadian landscape, particularly of Canadian railroads, are truly stunning. Thanks also to my long time friend and frequent photo trip companion, Ron Basinger, for joining me on this trip and for helping me point the lens in the right direction.

The Canadian Rockies are in a word, breathtaking. I found myself in awe at every bend in the road. Photos don’t do the scenery justice. The photos in this post and in my Gallery are just a sample of what one can see through the viewfinder. When you step from behind the camera, your jaw drops. Stunning!

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
FrameShop script

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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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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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