Are you watching me?

by Helen Hooker September. 16, 2010 4860 views

I??ve hired a long lens (the Canon 100-400mm) ready for the Goodwood Racing Revival this weekend. In the past I??ve managed to get some good shots of planes and cars with my 70-200 plus extender but it??s still a bit on the short side for such events and I wanted to try out the alternatives before I consider buying anything. The lens arrived yesterday but my first real opportunity to try it out was this afternoon. I only had limited time so rather than seeking out any cars or planes to practise on I decided to use a rather smaller target ?? the sparrows in our front garden! It took a while before they were brave enough to come to the feeder with me in full view but eventually they settled down and I caught this female House Sparrow queuing up for the feeder on one of the branches. I like her inquisitive expression, as if to say, ??Are you watching me?!? For a first encounter I enjoyed using the lens and I??m beginning to get a feel for its peculiar push/pull zoom. The real test will be tomorrow as I try to capture vintage cars and aircraft at high speed ?? at least they??ll be a bit bigger (and hopefully easier to focus on) than this young lady!

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Eiram 6 years, 8 months ago

excellent picture -he looks so curious:))

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 8 months ago

Aw... So adorable!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 8 months ago

Sooooo cute!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Atk5339 6 years, 8 months ago

Aranyos!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Birthe 6 years, 8 months ago

Looks like a great lense!
Excellent shot of this cute bird :)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 8 months ago

Excellent shot. Looks like it's a fine lens too.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Neil 6 years, 8 months ago

Looks like the lens works well ! Nice capture !! cd

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Art Bee 6 years, 8 months ago

I can see great shots coming our way in the near future! Very nice! Sparrows are so interesting!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 8 months ago

Wow!!! If this shot's any example of what's in store, you're going to do very well!!!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sherij 6 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful capture!! I think you will truly enjoy the lens. I have the canon 400mm fixed and just love it!!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 6 years, 8 months ago

Bravo...I'm impressed with the details.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Tracylynn Seeger 6 years, 8 months ago

Great capture! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your results with this lens, and hearing what you think of it :)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Imdanchan 6 years, 8 months ago

he really seems to be checking you out. what a capture.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Riyaz 6 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic! added this to My Favs!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Liz 6 years, 8 months ago

lovely wee sparrow..good luck with the speedy things!!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lucinda 6 years, 8 months ago

How cute! Very nice close up.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 8 months ago

Very nice you are so good at catching animals and now birds' sweet expressions. Well done.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 6 years, 8 months ago

super s w e e t .......!!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
David Swatton 6 years, 8 months ago

Nice shot - beautifully sharp. I have a Nikon-equivalent lens (80-400mm) and it's fantastic - remarkably sharp for such a long telephoto. I'm sure you'll have great fun with it.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Contesina 6 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 8 months ago

What a charming portrait

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 8 months ago

Excellent photo Helen : I like it
And this young lady has a glance an impertinent bit...?

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 6 years, 8 months ago

I love sparrows and this one is really cute

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 8 months ago

I confess, yes I'm watching you, for you are so cute and beautiful. ;)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
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