Test shots from Nikon 200-500

Seems like I have been away from blogging for ages. I was away from the computer but I never put the camera down. Matter of fact I attended a photo workshop and have shot more frames in the past 2 months than I did all summer long.

Nikon released their latest big zoom the 200-500 AF-S prior to my workshop but I didn’t order it until after I got back home. I’ve taken it on 2 outings since it arrived last week and will share a some examples from todays shoot.

This first shot of a black swan is sooc the f5.6 delivered a pleasing bokeh.

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A heavy crop on the mirror image of the ring necked duck and the white swan closeup doesn’t show alot of distortion. Though I hope Adobe will be adding the lens correction profile to Lightroom soon.

eye of the swan-5281I haven’t tried the “Sport” mode that was added to this lens so far. That’s on the to do list next time out. The biggest surprise I had was too much lens compared to what I am used to with the 80-400mm. Never thought I’d say that! It’s a nice lens and will be an everyday part of my kit but it won’t replace the 80-400 however it is a great compliment to it. All of the shots in this post are DX format shot with D7200. Next outing will test its performance with full frame D610.

Other reviewers have stated that this lens design leans towards hand held shots. It can be done and can be used at lower shutter speeds than most long lenses allow you to shoot but IT IS heavy and the 95mm barrel is more than a handful for smaller hands. A quick mention the 200-500 performs well with the TC-14E III although it is a slow focus and manual focus is better suited for birds in flight.

Thanks for taking time to stop by and listening to my thoughts! It would be great to hear thoughts from others who have been using this lens. Until the next post… go take more photos!

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Natural Florida… Manatee at Blue Spring State Park

When the air and water temperature drops manatee seek warmer waters. On the morning we visited Blue Spring State Park the count was 403 manatees in the lagoon according to information at the park entrance.#1 playing directly above the opening of the spring 2-2365 copyAt the spot where 104 million gallons of water enters the lagoon daily visitors were treated to the cavorting of a small group of manatees in the 72 degree water. #2 Manatee hug-2219They played follow the leader, rolled around and hugged one another.#3 The nose(s)-2216… there were nose kisses#4 Tail Splash -2292… and splashing of tails

It was well worth getting up early for the 2 hour trip to the park and standing outdoors in the cool morning air to see it all happen.

3 things you need to know about Great Blue Herons

GBH nest relief ceremony-1734-2When Great Blue Herons change who is in charge of keeping watch on their nest they perform a Nest Relief Ceremony, it is part of the pair bonding rituals where they clap their bills together.

GBH regurgitate-1742They swallow the food they hunt for and regurgitate it to feed their chicks. Some of the contortions were comical looking especially with the breeding plumage billowing in the breeze.

They aren’t necessarily fond of being watched when feeding their chicks. This adult went through the motions of bringing up the food several times but waited until there was no one on the trail to watch it feed the chick.

Great Blue Heron 1 chick first look-1749-2It is good to look back from whence you walk. Once the trail was clear of onlookers the first hatched chick popped its head above the nest and gladly received its food.

2 GBH chicks first look-1967Several days after getting a look at the hatchling I visited the nest again and was happy to see there was a second chick in the nest. They were tugging at the adult’s feathers in this view. Their downy feathers are adorable.

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Great Blue Heron nest building

1. Great Blue Heron nest:humble beginning  1-7059A humble beginning.

Perhaps these photo’s should have been posted before last weeks post but I thought better late than never so here we are at the humble beginnings of this seasons nest building with Great Blue Herons.

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The hand off.

This couple is working together to get the job done. One sits at the nest and weaves the materials together while the other goes out finds the materials and brings it back. Some times he is more successful with what he can gather than others. She doesn’t look too happy in the photo below.

3. Great Blue Heron nest building the hand off  2-7452

4. Great Blue Heron nest building regulating her heat  4  -7071

Dusk is approaching and the toll of balancing on a branch while making the nest is showing on this female, she is overheating and regulating her heat with open beak.

5. Great Blue Heron nest building taking a break  5 -7093

Meanwhile he takes a rest in a shaded area while the Mrs catches her breath. At the same time he is keeping a keen eye on several other males in the area that have been vying for her attention hoping they will be her mate.

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A new year and a new photo challenge

Wow here we are trying to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014. To say time flies is an understatement. It seems the more I try to get organized and move along at the same pace as the days on the calendar the further behind I manage to get. With that being said I have just added the Elements Village Challenge Blogroll for 2015 here on my site.  It is good to see familiar names returning for another go at it and exciting to see new people joining in the photo challenge for this year.

I am so glad I stumbled on to the Elements Village Forum when I did because this group has helped me unravel the spaghetti strings of digital photography. Having the opportunity to see what other photographers are doing and asking questions as to their techniques has increased my visual creativity and for that I owe the group a big THANK YOU!

Today I received the following notice from Word Press:

Happy Anniversary!