Munching Macropod

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cascadehush/518725342/A late lunch at Bunya Mountains NP, for both me and this Rednecked Wallaby.

The background could be better, and I could photoshop it a bit but I really couldn’t be bothered atm.

Click through to Flickr for some more shots from the trip.

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Portrait of a Roo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cascadehush/495965527/It was an overcast day in Fernvale, but it refused to rain. Good for me, bad for the drought.

Probably due to the milder weather, the wild kangaroos in the boardering bushland around Logans Inlet were rather active.

Shooting in the K10Ds exclusive TAv mode, I gave the camera full reign on the ISO. Did I mention it was overcast? Almost all the photos were taken at the maximum 1600 ISO.

Here’s the pick of the bunch. Proof that it’s practical, with practice, to shoot with a 750mm equivalent focal length handheld with image stabalisation on and a shutter speed of 1/750. The image is sharp, even though the noise relegates this image to snapshot status.

The other lesson from the day is to check exposure on the LCD. I’ve been trying to get away from the style of photography where one is forever looking back at photos in playback mode. But this day I went too far the other way, not checking things at all and as a result the images were slightly underexposed. The noise in this image would have been less bothersome if the exposure had been better.

Ultimatly it was simply not an ideal day for photography. Now I know the roos are there, I can try again another day.

Shooting Handheld with a 170-500mm Lens

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cascadehush/482468889/The point of my trip to Toorbul was to see if it was viable to shoot handheld with such a long (and heavy lens). I got enough material to say that it is, but with birds as large as Pelicans, a 400mm lens would be plenty long enough and much more managable.

This shot was taken well after sunset, just as the birds were getting active and stirred up with interest in returning fishermen. They must get a snack of fish heads and guts when a catch get’s cleaned near the boat-ramp.

It could have been a great photo. I hadn’t really accounted for the fact that it was getting rather dark, so I hadn’t adjusted the camera enough. The problem was an under-exposed shot made worse by a high ISO. I think that the K10D isn’t so bad at 800 ISO so long as the exposure is good, but it’s terrible if you under-expose.

Perhaps shooting action shots of birds is not a suitible past-time for Winter, when the twighlight is so fleeting…

The main lesson for the day, though, is not in this shot, but the many potential shots that were lost when I shot some landscape shots but then forgot to open up the aparture. Landscape requires a narrow aparture, wildlife a wide aparture, and if one is going to try to switch between the two, one must be careful not to forget to make the correct adjustments.