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Back Yard Photographer – Trying out a new lens

Frank trying to be sneaky

So excited!! I recently got a new lens and I was able to give it a try. I now don’t have to be extremely close to the wildlife to get decent pictures or I don’t have to crop too much of the picture to get the exact image I was trying to get. Some cropping and editing are still required, but not to the extent that the picture is distorted. This lens should also help me capture the bald eagle photos I want. 🙂

This lens is heavier, so I need to practice stabilizing the camera when I am out and about taking photos. I do have a tri-pod that I will be working with more, but a tri-pod might not always be practical. I was joking around with friends and family that I will need to lift weights to build enough muscle to hold the lens. And in a year’s time I will have the best abs around as my core muscles will be developed to also help stabilize the lens and camera. 🙂 These comments are mostly exaggerations, of course, but handling the weight difference will take some practice. I am looking forward to the practice and the challenge!

The easiest way for me to practice is to go into my back yard and try to get some photos of the birds and Frank (the friendly squirrel). For these shots, I tried various ways to stabilize the camera: pure strength (required multiple shots and hope that at least one was good), sitting in a chair and using my knee as a brace for my elbow to minimize shaking and also, the deck railing to lean against and rest my elbow while holding the camera. I was surprised at how easy it seemed to be to just use my strength and get some decent shots. I didn’t have to take nearly as many photos as I thought I would need with this approach, however, it would reduce how much time I could spend shooting while on a walk or just at a particular subject. Using my knee while sitting in a chair worked, but it was awkward and had questionable results. Leaning/bracing using the deck rail, seemed to provide the best option for taking the photos, proving that I will need to use a tri-pod more and a little weight training won’t hurt. 🙂

All in all, I was happy with the overall results. I was able to get clearer pictures of the cardinals and other birds, since I didn’t spook them by getting too close. Here are the results (some cropping was still required):

Thank you for stopping by – hope you enjoyed the pictures and just a bit of a story. 🙂

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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