Capturing the essence of birds
I try to provide a gateway into the very essence of bird behavior. This involves a great deal of patience and an unstated amount of trust between myself and my subjects. I try to convey emotion in my birds by catching unique facial expressions and poses. Whether it is laying in mud, on a beach or wading through icy salt marsh water I will do whatever it takes to get the shot I have envisioned. I also respect my birds and believe in practicing proper etiquette and not unduly stressing the birds.
This can be very demanding on gear and the Tamron 150-600 G2 is designedto put up with the elements. I found AF to be fast and accurate. I also found the rendering to be very pleasing with a good transition from the subject to the background. The addition of the flex zoom lock is a welcome addition and the VC was top notch for stabilizing the lens since I only shoot handhold.
I often shoot prime lenses, but having the ability to zoom out with my hawks was paramount to achieving the image I wanted. It also allowed me to frame the images and really smooth out the backgrounds to keep the focus on the subject.
Flight of the Juvenile Little Blue Heron
I imaged this juvenile in early November on an overcast day. Overcast days can be very good for photographing bright white birds as it helps to keep the whites in check. I always try to compliment the bird with a background that is fitting for the environment.
Born in 1973 near Hudson NY, Kristofer grew up in a rural area and was always fascinated by wildlife. He has spent much of his life leading fine dining kitchens such as The Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme. However in 2011 he found a new love in wildlife photography and it turned into his new addiction when he became sober. Currently residing in Old Saybrook, CT he has become known for his images of raptors and in particular Osprey and Hawks. He is also devoted to conservation and actively reports to several scientists on Osprey population along with Menhaden in the local waters.
Lens Featured in this Impression
SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 a022(Model )
The SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) ultra-telephoto lens with upgraded optical performance enables handheld shooting with remarkable definition. This new lens builds upon the success of the current SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), including better overall optical performance and faster AF speed, VC enhancements, plus Fluorine Coating, FLEX ZOOM LOCK and compatibility with optional 1.4x and 2x tele converters.