Great Blue Heron – McGrath State Beach
The minimum focal length for photographing birds is considered 400mm, and my longest lens is a Nikkor 80-200 zoom which makes it difficult to make the bird appear large enough within the frame. My workaround is to think peaceful thoughts as I take one slow, quiet, pacifistic step after another towards my subject. If the bird becomes alarmed, I stop and wait until it is comfortable again, then proceed. It’s time consuming, the upside being you get to look at magnificent birds like Great Blue Herons (39″-52″ tall) for 15 minutes or more.
Nikon N90S SLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED, focal length: 200mm, exposure: not recorded, Kodak E100S Professional color transparency film, program mode: Aperture Priority, handheld, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.