IMPORTANT: The Photography Blog Forums and Gallery are Closing on 30th June 2017. Please ensure that you download all photos that you want to keep from the Gallery, as they will no longer be available after Friday 30th June 2017.

 Home Register · Login 


Recent Photos
1 day  7 days  14 days

Users 21,500
Photos 75,838
Comments 268,142
Views 178,228,441

Top Posters
ripper 4408
fungus2 2305
phototoad 1389
Bridget 1243
Amandart 1091

Latest News

» Home » Post Your Photos » Nature & Wildlife Slide Show



Equipment used: Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 120-400mm.

Location: Lower Tamar Lake Bird Hide, Cornwall.



See all User Photos

Registered: January 2006
Posts: 695
  • Pin It
Date: Wed February 23, 2011
Views: 2,120
Filesize: 112.0kb
Dimensions: 800 x 538
Keywords: chaffinch canon eos7d sigma
Show EXIF Info

#1 Wed February 23, 2011 8:16pm

I agree perfection Tony Smile
#2 Wed February 23, 2011 8:22pm

Thank you both for your comments..... Tony
#3 Wed February 23, 2011 9:12pm

Excellent profile angle. Reveals all the fine detail and coloring. Lovely bokeh affect.

Very intriqued by the lens you used. Noticed in the exif that you were at full extension: 400mm. Also, noticed that you were using aperture priority. The exif shows an apperture of f-8. Is this the largest apperture on the lens at full extension? If not what is the largest? I am just curious. Have been trying to learn full manual, and have been reading about the differences in telephoto lenses visa a visa compacts vs dslr's. It is very hard to grasp when I have no experience with just how capable interchangeables really are in digital photography.

Another question I would ask (and not just of you but of others as well) how much of the photo is attributable to the camera and how much to the editor? It is a hard question to answer, I know. The 7D is quite a camera. But, my reading has informed me that what takes the photo is the photographer. A capable camera or editor can only be as good as the photographer. And, the other still more confusing thing I have been reading is the emphasis with the idea that the camera body is not as important as the camera lens used. Must say it gets terriblly confusing to a guy learning manual on a canon sx120 and wondering about the next step at the same time. Thanks for your fine posts. They are inspiring.
#4 Thu February 24, 2011 5:28am

donna apsey
Lovely shot Tony! Smile
#5 Thu February 24, 2011 6:51am

Bobwed thanks for the comments. I’ve tried to answer your questions below.

The largest aperture at 400mm is f 5.6 but I find the lens performs better between f8 and f11. Light conditions when I took this shot were not at all good so I chose f8 and an ISO of 1000 in order to get a fast enough shutter speed to photograph these little birds.

You question whether it’s the camera or the photographer that makes the picture and at least in my opinion it’s both. Yesterday when I took this picture the light was awful and I know if I’d used my EOS 40D I would have been wasting my time, however the 7D works very well in low light conditions so I didn’t have to worry about the camera and just got on with framing the shots I wanted to take.
You’re correct in saying that a good lens is important a poor lens on a good body will not give good results. Once you’ve invested in a camera body that suits your needs keep it and spend money on glass and you won’t go wrong.


Donna thanks for your comments.

#6 Thu February 24, 2011 1:09pm

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer this floundering novice's questions. Because I am occupied with a duty which requires my constant presence I can't get out to join a club, so you and the other fine photographers on the Blog are my only guide. Thank you once again. Cheers!
#7 Thu February 24, 2011 4:41pm

Great shot, like it.
#8 Mon February 6, 2012 12:32pm

Photo Sharing Gallery by PhotoPost
Copyright © 2012 All Enthusiast, Inc.

No portion of this page, text, images or code, may be copied, reproduced, published or distributed in any medium without the expressed written permission of the copyright holder.

© Copyright 2003-2013 Photo 360 Limited