I’ll say it right from the start, some people should not be allowed to have access to technological thingy’s and gimcracks. Especially me, yes I bought a Sigma 500mm telephoto lens, no I’m not taking it into the sand dunes where young ladies may be….. No I’m using it for noble pursuits, like birds of the feathered variety and to annoy the kangaroos in the paddock. *Nothing will be hidden, nothing,* sorry got carried away there. Both sunset pics were taken with my smaller tele lens. I had packed up because the light was fading and turned around and there it was. I took about 20 shots it was that nice. Over Lake Dyer, at Laidley. I love water and sunsets.
I like water birds and have great respect for any creature that can have their bum stuck in cold water for most of their lives. This Shag would have been about two hundred metres out from shore. He reminds me of the birds you see after an oil spill.
I felt all fuzzy when I saw this on my camera. It’s not the clearest but it gives a sense of movement yet has that phoenix rising look about it.
Okay, I like Shags. He left the water and perched there for a little while before diving in again. They are such great fishermen, his eye looks like a marble. How they see movement so far below the water is beyond me, their eyes must be like polarized sun glasses. In like a bullet, grab a fish, guzzle it down and back up.
This tree was way out, it gives you an idea of how they roost around the lake. I tried to stop bringing in the phrase ‘Shagadelic,’ from the Austin Powers movies. Sorry, I’m weak, I couldn’t help it. ‘Yeah Baby, it’s Shagadelic.’
The big boys are here, yet even they have to look good. He was closer and sailed by like some majestic galleon.
There’s majestic and there’s, ‘Watch out of the way ya great galoot, sheesh, where’s air traffic control when you need em?’ This was waaaay up the dam. I’m trying out the limits of the lens and may have exceeded it here but I love the shag in the water beneath him. Even at that distance he looks worried.
The common, everyday Magpie decided to come and see what I was up to. I hope he knew because I didn’t.
I had to think what the silver line was between the shore and the darker water. Then I realised it was the surface minus any sunlight.
This has nothing to do with telephoto lenses, I was bored okay? I was playing around with setting up a toy car in front of a picture, make it look like I’d been somewhere exotic in my Mercedes. Then I thought what is the problem most people have while driving with the top down? Bugs. Especially bugs on the windscreen, then bugs inside and bugs….. You get the drift. This little bloke caught my eye when I nipped to the shop so he became my unwilling model.
As always the pictures look better if you right click on them and open in a new tab. Once again they are all around the half megabyte or below for those with slow connections. I may have to watch myself with the new lens, I asked the shop assistant if it came with a pack mule to carry it around. No sense of humour, so I kept the Hubble telescope jokes to myself. Hopefully by next blog I will have had more time to get better pics with it. Word must have got around the paddock the Roos have cleared out. It is probably more to do with the wild dogs we had going through the other day. So, I would appreciate any hints and or feedback from photo gurus out there about the perils and pleasures of using telephoto.