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.
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.
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!