IMGP8516b2 by bankmann

IMGP8516b2

Seagull over Steinbruvann ('Stonebridge Lake').
Actually taken 2 days ago, but I just couldn't leave it. And work left no time for trotting around with the camera today. Personally, I think this is my best bird picture so far.
Shot with a Tamron AF 70-300mm 1:4-5:6 Tele-Macro (1:2) lens.
April 24th, 2012  
Crisp image of the bird - it seems like it's just hanging in the air. Well done!
April 24th, 2012  
@krendell Thanks! ;-) Whipping a heavy 300mm around to catch up with the bird was a bit of work, but I'd say it paid off nicely.
April 24th, 2012  
Great capture. I love it.
April 24th, 2012  
@melissaelaime Thank you! I think I'm beginning to feel like trying something like this more often. ;-)
April 25th, 2012  
Agreed best yet bird shot, so crisp, nice one
April 25th, 2012  
Stunning capture
April 28th, 2012  
@sugarmuser Thnx! I learned something about having two cameras this morning; don't leave the other one at home! Missed a great moment; three birds dancing in the air; because I had to change lenses. Wasn't fast enough.
April 28th, 2012  
@bankmann I wish I had two cameras... I'm always missing the prize due to having the wrong lens on.
April 28th, 2012  
@sugarmuser I've been upgrading my equipment over the last months, so I have a spare DSLR now... ;-) I changed from a 18-55mm and a 50-200mm to a 18-200mm lens as standard. That helps a lot. But with wildlife, a 70-300mm is even better, I feel. Of course, a 18-200mm needs better quality parts to perform well, so it can get a bit expensive. I bought mine at almost half price, so I'm definitely not complaining.
April 28th, 2012  
you caught it perfect. the contrast is very nice. I shoot with the 70-300mm lens most of the time too.. and never seem to get close enough.
May 4th, 2012  
@cheribug Thank you! I most often have 18-200mm lens on the camera, sort of for everyday/everywhere use, but always when I'm out on a 'stunt photo safari' (a. choose destination, b. go there, c. go nuts), I'm bringing the 70-300mm lens. And maybe one more, depending on any ideas I've come up with.

I resently learned a good rule of thumb; always go up close - if you can. ;-) (And now I'm saving up for a 500mm reflector lens... ;-p )
May 4th, 2012  
Excellent focus!
May 9th, 2012  
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