22 Aug 2015 18:25 - 28 Sep 2015 05:32#3060by Paul TW
Paul TW created the topic: Laem Pak Bia - Pak Thale
As the weather turned ropey again on Friday I decided to take a detour and have a relax by the beach instead of the forest. I had a lens I wanted to test with me and last week I had seen nothing to try it on, so I had the brain wave to call into Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale (out of season not withstanding) so I could check the focus on the lens (a second hand purchase).
I had a few glimpses of the sun but it was blustery and cloudy, enough for me to call it a day by 11 am. The lens worked exceedingly well though and I took quite a few bird pictures. Laem Pak Bia was heaving with a huge assortment of birds early in the morning (7 am till 9 am), Pak Thale was a ghost town and I saw a total of no more than 10 birds in 2 hours - to be expected I suppose - not being a "birder" I can be forgiven for my lack of knowledge :side: .
I now have a bunch of shorebird pictures which I am struggling to ID - can anyone help?
No bird books with me at the moment, and zero knowledge of shorebirds, but was wondering if you could ID the lens you're trying ;) Or is it a secret?
Looks like a longer focal length, or is it possible to get close to the birds there?
Either way, looks like the focus is right on.
I can not wait to get out and try my new set up (D810 + 300mm VR PF + 1.4TC III).
23 Aug 2015 03:06 - 25 Aug 2015 05:45#3063by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: Shorebird ID help?
Laem Pak Bia Environmental Research Station
you can get very close. Nearly everything was shot from the car window. Theres masses there - pelicans, eagles, painted stork, waders, all kinds of stuff easy to photograph. Which is why I went because i needed to practice technique with the lens. Lots of beach side accommodation at Had Chao Samram as well. Worth a visit.
The lens? I got lucky and picked up a second hand NIKON 600 VR ED. Its a monster and I have been trying to quietly practice with it - its a bit of a daunting beast to maneuver and to use. Even sticking it out of the car window is a major exercise.
D810 + 300mm VR PF + 1.4TC III - nice!! I quite fancy the D810 but its a financial bridge too far at the moment :+)
Even though I keep telling myself I am more a wide-angle kind of photographer, I am still just a tiny bit jealous about your new toy ;)
Surely a pain to carry around and manouver, but once set up in a blind it will give you some awesome results.
The narrow depth of field makes any subject look aesthetically appealing.
Am looking forward to seeing more work shot with this new lens!
Paul TW replied the topic: Laem Pak Bia - Pak Thale
Many thanks Bootly! I have a bunch of plover photos sat on my desktop - I keep looking at the book, then the pics - absolutely lost. I never realized it was so difficult to match IDs of these shorebirds.