I was in Tokyo this past week for some new work and was able to do some shooting during the weekend. Fortunately, I came across a couple trees that were in bloom with what I think are plum blossoms. An added bonus was all the birds that were flying and jumping around these trees sucking the nectar. When I saw this I stopped, pulled my camera out and changed to my Olympus 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens. I started taking pictures from about 50 feet away with the lens all the way to 150mm, but the birds were still too small. I started easing my way toward the trees, but all the birds took off to another tree. I continued to ease closer and then just stood there with my camera at eye level waiting for the birds to come back. After about 10 minutes they would slowly come back. Again, I kept the lens all the way at 150mm the whole time and started shooting with high speed continuous shooting to get several shots of the birds and catch the right one. I spent about an hour just hanging around this one tree waiting and trying to follow these birds who were jumping around very fast. This was a fun and difficult challenge and look forward to doing more of this type of shooting.
I had some free time this past Sunday afternoon so I decided to try something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I headed to one of the marshlands nearby and tried to do some telephoto wildlife photography. First off, I do not have the right equipment to do this properly. I will get there before too long, but I did have an old Nikon mount Tokina 80-400mm lens adapted to fit on my Olympus OM-D EM-5 that I had to manually focus and manually set the aperture. Not an easy thing to do for wildlife photography, but I tried to put myself in the mindset of the photographers of yesteryear and do my best with what I had. Fortunately, the birds I was photographing, weren't moving around too much so I was able to setup on the tripod, focus and get some shots off. There were about 11 Great White Egrets in the marsh, but I spent most my time focusing on just one that was nearby. One of the challenges of this marsh area is that it is fenced off so, without breaking the rules and disturbing the habitat, you have to stay outside the fenced area. This one egret that you will see in the photo above and in the gallery below spent a lot of time within range of 600-800mm lens. Later on I decided to play around with handholding and taking some photos of some other birds in the area. Catching a flying hawk or a running bird is virtually impossible with a manual focused lens. Out of many, many shots I did get one that was only "adequate". I went ahead and created a gallery of the images from this excursion below.
Haven't been out much shooting lately, but had this one in the queue for a couple weeks.
First off I don't have much experience with wildlife photography but I couldn't pass up this opportunity. While my wife and I were walking around Three Lakes Park near Richmond, Virginia we came across this Blue Heron just sitting on this log. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me so we just continued on our way. As we were coming near the parking lot, we decided we would like to walk a little longer so I headed over to the parking lot grabbed my camera with the 150mm lens and headed back to the location where we first spotted this bird. Fortunately, it was still there.