Like everyone else, I am spending a lot of time at home. Normally, I would be photographing high school Spring sports but, like almost everything else, those have been canceled for this year. I, instead, turned my attention to the wildlife in my own backyard.
Clockwise from top left, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Gray Squirrel and Blue Jay.
Photographing from my kitchen’s window, I used my Nikon 80-400VR lens on my Nikon D500. While this combination worked well for the squirrel who would venture close to the house. It did not work too well for the smaller birds who liked the trees at the edge of my lawn. I decided I needed more reach.
I looked over the inventory at LensRentals.com to see what they had on hand and decided on a week rental for the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S ED VR lens. This lens coupled with the Nikon D500 which, has a 1.5x crop factor, gave me an equivalent focal length out to 750mm. Even then, I still needed to crop the images of the robin, cardinal and blue jay in the collage you see here.
Look for more on this lens over the next few posts.