The big guys

Nuthatch

Ok, I know, it’s the photographer that makes the picture, not the equipment. But having good equipment does help…. Last week I bought one of the big guys of Canon. The 500mm/f4 is probably the most commonly used tele lens nowadays. However I decided to go for the smaller 300mm/f2.8. A bit less mm’s, but also a lot more flexible. It has a lower weight and I can use it with a 1.4x extender (creating a 420mm/f4) or with a 2.0x extender (creating a 600mm/f5.6). And, when there is very little light, I have a 2.8 lens, something that was very useful in Finland last May.

Today was the first time I really used it, in the garden of my dad, taking pictures of birds visiting the feeder. After a while they got used to me and visited the feeder which was just a couple of meters away from me. This Nuthatch was feeding while hanging on a feeder with some nice backlight. Normally I don’t like pictures of birds on feeders that much, but I’m really happy with this one. I hope you like it too!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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