Canon 1DX and Canon 600mm II Super Telephoto

Double-Crested Cormorant in flightDouble Crested Cormorant in flight

My new Canon 600mm lens arrived the other day so I spent yesterday afternoon sitting in the shade on the banks of one of the many small ponds here at Tanglewood putting this lens through it’s paces.  I incorrectly assumed that the Arca Swiss foot on my old 500mm lens would also fit the 600 mm lens but it doesn’t.  That means I can’t mount the new lens on my heavy Gitzo tripod just yet.  The new foot should be here by mid week but while out at the pond,  my monopod supported my camera and lens without any problems.  There wasn’t too much to take photos of but that gave me time to concentrate on learning how the Canon 1DX and 600mm II lens.  It’s definitely a little more involved than just pointing and shooting. I picked out a small heron about 50 meters away as my main subject but then also lucked in when a double crested cormorant flew over.  The above shot was handheld with the new camera/lens combo and I think it turned out quite well.

Wood StorkWood Stork

The wood stork was probably about 200 meters away from where I was sitting.  As you can see, there was plenty of tall grass and weeds between the stork and I.  This is abut a 50% crop of the original image.  I don’t usually shoot birds that far away but I wanted to see how sharp an image from that far away would be.  Post processing for all images was done with Nik Color Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro.

Juvenile Little Blue HeronJuvenile Little Blue Heron

I watched this little blue heron for over an hour as it tromped around in the shallow water in search of food.  Every few minutes it would snap up a fish or water insect with it’s beak.  Very interesting to watch.  The heron stayed in the weeds most of the time so most of my shots were of the heron partially or fully covered by weeds.  I did manage a few shots as the heron entered open areas though and this is one of the better ones.

We spent most of today cleaning up Phaeton Place.  We are looking forward to Matt & Sarah’s arrival on Friday.