This past weekend we took one of my Christmas presents out for a spin. Michael got me a new lens for the camera...a 55-210mm lens.
So of course, we headed to the Botanical Gardens...for some ZOOMING!
Here's a shot (unzoomed) of the Chihuly chandelier in the entry atrium, inspired by our collection of pitcher plants.
To use it to take picture of smaller things, I now have to stand farther away and zoom in rather than just getting closer like I did with my 18-55mm lens.
It's also great for taking pictures of flowers that are on, say, a camellia bush that's 15 feet off the path.
Works great for capturing far-away bees as well. =)
Michael took this next one (obviously!) while he was explaining about the tighter depth of field on the lens.
But the real reason we were there? Scouting for wildlife!
I did try to take pictures of some birds as well, but they didn't come out too well. That's OK; I learned a lot while trying, like how to adjust my LCD screen brightness, how to use the movable focus to zero in on the tiny animal I was stalking, and that this lens is less tolerant of backlit conditions (or at least it seems to be). It also take some practice to track flitting birds while you're really zoomed in! I was THISCLOSE to getting a great shot of a male cardinal sitting in a holly tree...then, flit! =) Even with the zoom lens, I would have had to crop it so you could see him, though.
The squirrels were much more cooperative!
I call this one my "squirrel hero" shot.
|I love my new ZOOM lens!!|