Below I will be showing you the amazing results I achieved using my new Canon EF 100-400mm lens under some pretty harsh conditions. This lens outperformed my “expectations” giving me brilliant results. I walked through Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Park on the 29th, in heavy fog, pouring rain, chilly temperatures, and in very heavy clouds. Sit back and enjoy!
A Chic-a-Dee eating from a cattail. I could not believe this beauty came in clear because these birds are fast! Just look how cute he is! I had stated in one of my other posts that cattails are vital for the nutritional needs of wildlife and here you go, proof of what I stated. Thank you, Chic-a-Dee, for covering for me!
This is a male Red Bellied Woodpecker in the Ladderback Family of Woodpeckers. This guy is a non-migratory bird yet for reasons I don’t understand, he is in WNY. Supposedly these birds live primarily in the Southeastern portions of the United States. I just love his coloring and the way he actually stopped, looked at me, and seemed to pose for me.
Both images were taken in manual mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 and 1/30 respectively. Focal length on both was 400mm. I forgot to change the f/stop while taking pictures of the Woodpecker and only later stopped to think that I should have changed the f/stop to get a higher shutter speed. The higher the shutter speed, the faster the shot is taken, thus increasing the odds greatly for getting a very clear shot. I honestly didn’t think this Woodpecker would come in clearly with a shutter speed of 1/30, but oh no, he surprised me. That is how still this bird sat for me! Wow!
Heavy fog. I deliberately attempted to get an AF point on the trees within the thickest of the fog, and this lens did have problems focusing. I wasn’t surprised however because the fog combined with the rain that was just beginning to fall, did not make for a clear way for this lens to focus on. I then chose a tree that was quite distinct and sure enough the AF was right on. This was taken at 100mm.
Again very foggy but this time the AF had no problem functioning due to the more distinct areas to focus on. The “effect” of this is mesmerizing. Shot at 360mm.
POURING RAIN AND FOG
In the pouring rain. Shot at 100mm. No problems with the AF. This image I took very quickly because even though I was wearing my umbrella hat, that rain was coming down so hard it was not possible to keep my camera and lens dry.
Pouring rain and fog. Shot at 142mm.
A “macro” shot, taken at 360mm, no cropping. This is a tiny, and I mean tiny branch of some type of plant that is in this park that is continuously attempting to snag at my clothing and skin every time I go off path.
And in closing, I shot SO many gorgeous shots that I had to include just one to show you the incredible clarity this lens shoots with. I shot this image at a 188mm. By this time I was heading back to my car and the fog and rain had temporarily lifted to give me this amazing view.
Without jest, I must strengthen my wrists with bar bells when I go to the gym. My lens/camera combo weighs in at 5 pounds 11 ounces. That may not sound like much but when you shoot over a hundred frames in a 2-3 hour period while walking or hiking (my norm) that “small” weight feels closer to fifty pounds by the time I am finished. And knowing me, you bet I will be strengthening my wrists! I may just get some wrist supports as well.
Photography/ “Testing The Lens”/ March 2018©AmyRose