Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hong Kong Kites (Birds of Prey)

Canon 1Dx, ISO 125, 70-200 @ 200, f/2.8,  1/2500th Sec
In one of my earlier posts, I made a reference to some birds of prey flying outside my window.  At the time my Canon 1Dx was still in route from the states and I had vowed to get some photos when I had better equipment in hand.  Well, my pro DSLR equipment is here and
I've been stalking these birds waiting for the right shot.  As it turns out, I still don't quite have the right equipment.  While the Canon 1Dx is no doubt the best choice for this type of photography because of the AF system and frame rate, the 70-200 2.8 IS doesn't have enough reach.  In the move from Los Angeles, I also decided to leave my 1.4x and 2.0x extenders in storage which I am now regretting this very moment.   In the shot above, I had to crop in quite aggressively.  I fortunately nailed the focus and got the exposure right so the file was very forgiving to the heavy crop.  Oh how I miss my Canon 500 f/4.  It just wasn't practical to keep that monster but it would have been perfect for capturing these birds. If I had the opportunity to acquire another super telephoto though, I'd opt for the 200-400 f/4.  That lens seems like a dream to shoot with but I have other equipment on my list that I want to acquire first. 
But I digress...

Canon 1Dx, ISO 125, 70-200 @ 200, f/2.8,  1/2500th Sec

I've been seeing the birds on a daily basis so I have been keeping my camera by the window so it'll always be ready to go (I know my equipment laying around has been driving my wife crazy). Although I see them daily, they never seem to get quite close enough to get a good shot... until today :).  The other adjustment that I had to make was with the metering.  I tend to shoot in Aperture Priority with center weighted metering but with such a small moving target and a bright sky, I ended up exposing for the background and not the bird.  I had to use my Sekonic light meter and manually set the exposure.

I'll continue to stalk the Kite's outside and overtime, I'll hopefully get some better shots where I don't have to crop the images so aggressively.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jasen