Thanks Hugh, for your Photo Challenge Week 26 : Distance as its given me a chance to post something I never thought would see the light of day on this blog.
Distance? Oh I know all about that in my pursuit of THE wildlife image.
When I had a 50mm-270mm lens, I kept trying to take birds that were just too far away, whilst ignoring those that were within easy reach. So……I bought myself a Canon100-400L lens ….and……again ignored what would have been a good capture to focus even further away to something on the horizon, always knowing at the back of my mind that when cropped to show the bird, it would be so full of noise and so pixellated that I wouldn’t consider posting it on any of my wildlife groups. But I couldn’t resist firing away in continuous shoot mode which I sometimes think now I did because (a) I loved the noise it made and (b) everybody else was doing it.
On a trip to the beautiful Scottish island of Mull, renowned for its abundant wildlife – especially White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles and Otters – I did indeed see the most amazing sights (Through a powerful telescope). However, what was one of the most incredible half-hours of my life when I watched (through telescope) a pair of White-Tailed Sea Eagles feeding their chicks in a nest high in a pine tree, didn’t look quite so “AWESOME” (good flickr word there) when taken at 400mm with the addition of a 1.5 converter (i.e. 600mm – quite a big lens, very heavy too). Without the telescope you couldn’t even see which tree it was, let alone the Sea Eagle family of four.
So just for a joke I posted this on my flickr stream in 2011:
(on my blog this post is categorised as Humour and not as Wildlife. I think you can see why)