On the Lookout

Photo of the Day

I made this photo last year while testing some gear. Last September I rented the 5D Mark III for the first time, and with it I rented the Canon 300mm lens. With the Mark III I knew exactly where I wanted to go with it. I headed towards Fowler to make some photos of the windmills and the barns. While driving around though I saw this hawk and decided to make a photo of it. I took the lens out of the case for the first time on the side of the road to make this photo. I was impressed with the increased length that I had. Little did I know it at the time, but I was basically testing a setup that I would use this entire semester shooting Purdue sports. Things change quickly.

Technical Data

As I said before this was shot with the Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens. I put the lens on my 60D to get a little extra reach, and to get even more I used my 1.4x teleconverter. The tele causes me to lose a stop of light so this was shot at f/4. What impressed me so much about the reach was that even shooting a long distance when I zoomed in I could still read the writing on the wood just below the bird. This was my first photo with a real telephoto lens so it should be on the blog.

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