June 11 2011 - Photo Jottings

June 11 2011


Samples using Vivitar wireless shutter.

While I was watching a bunch of hillbillies on Sunday, I took a moment to hook up the Vivitar wireless shutter controller and snapped off a few shots of some birds at the fountain from the comfort of an easy chair and air conditioning.

The camera was placed about 20-25′ (7-8m) away from the fountain, outside in the shade, where the temp was still 104°F, or 40°C.  The out of focus background foliage distance is about 15′ (5m).  The Sony A580 with Vivitar shutter controller worked great during the roughly two hours of shooting with the Sony 70-400mm lens, at 400mm.  I adjusted the focus with live view focus check, and turned the AF off, but let the camera decide the shutter speed.

The second shot is a House Finch, the last shot a Lesser Goldfinch, the black bird on top I’m not
sure about.  The last shot was taken from a different angle and time.  Specs are F/8, ISO 200, 1/250-500sec, 400mm, Jpegs, and not fully enlarged here.

Rare bird, first time ever seen.
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
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