Fiddleheads (emerging ferns): Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, May 2023 — It is fiddlehead season and the woods at Laudholm Farms are full of them. Emerging ferns. I was trying out the somewhat macro capabilities of the Olympus 100-400mm zoom. It does .5x at 800mm equivalent, and 1x using the digital tele-converter for 1600mm from 4.3 feet. You don’t have much depth of field, but still, it makes a emergency macro without carrying an extra lens. 🙂 Olympus OM-1 with 100-400mm zoom at 800 and 1600mm equivalent. Program mode with my evolving macro and environmental modifications. (Custom program #4). ISO 800 and 640 @ f6.3 @ 1/320th. Shot off my bean-bag headed monopod.
Sarus Crane: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March 2023 — It was late, after 5PM, and we were still deep in the refuge. The sun was setting. The light was failing. We were well out on dyke birding the marsh on both sides when we heard cranes in flight calling and turned to see a pair of Sarus Cranes coming right at us and just above tree top level. Not much hope, but I had to try. You have to right? I did not have time to zoom out, so as the birds passed over I just fired off a burst of shots and hoped for the best. I do have my Birds In Flight settings programed to a button so I was able to switch on the fly, so to speak. This is not the best ever, but it is the best shot I got. 🙂 These are huge birds. Long wings. Heavy bodies, and tall…the tallest cranes on earth at over 5 feet. I had to pull detail out of the shadows in this very back-lit shot, but overall I am happy with it. You don’t get many chances at a shot like this, especially if you are only in India for two weeks. Sony Rx10iv at 591mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds-in-flight modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4.5 @ 1/1000th.