A Squirrel Steals the Show

More Fun on the Wabash River

Yesterday I went back to the Wabash a couple of times. The first was at first light in the morning. With no signs of life I decided to try again in the afternoon. I did see a couple of eagles in the afternoon, but they were out of camera range. I did have some fun photographing some herons as well as some sea gulls that were fishing in the river. An unexpected development was a squirrel that ran in front of me. It hid behind a tree, and I guessed where it might pop out. I guess right, and I made the photo. It was a nice keeper from a day that did not have many.

Using the Sigma 2x Teleconverter

I shot everything yesterday with the Sigma 2x teleconverter on my Sigma 300mm lens. There had been a point where I quit using it thinking that it made my images a little soft. This was not for pay though so I did not mind a little test. I found that on the LCD screen that the photos looked alright for the most part. When I pulled them up in Lightroom I noticed that they did look a little soft. I think that for now the 2x tele will be retired. It does get me much closer to the action. It does get me about 288mm farther than the 300mm with the 1.4x converter on it coupled with the 1.6x crop factor on the Canon 7D II. That is quite a bit. If the images are not sharp though it is not worth it. Tomorrow I will try again with the 1.4x converter on the lens.


2 Replies to “A Squirrel Steals the Show”

  1. FWIW, I have wavered, retired, returned to and retired t/c’s as well. It does appear in this image that the issue may be DOF. I was surprised when I discovered just how razor thin the area of acceptable focus was when using a long lens with a t/c. Notice that the area of bark just in front of the squirrel appears sharp while he is not in focus. Just a thought that you might want to test out. YMMV.
    Best regards,

    1. I have been fighting the auto focus on the 7DII. After your comment I went into the settings to change it to single point, and it seems to work much better. Thanks for pointing that out.

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