Ring-billed Gull Stacked Teleconverter test

When it is a slow day finding subjects, sometimes I try different ways to photograph my subjects. This day was very quiet and the Ducks were really far out on the lake. Not to much was flying by and even the Canada Geese were gone. Quite often the wildlife is quite far out in the water or on the far shore. This Ring-billed Gull landed on a duck box giving me a subject.  It stayed for a while so I thought I would try stacking teleconverters. I used 1.4x and a 2x teleconverter on my 300mm f/4  lens. The 1.4x adds 1 stop. The 2x adds 2 more stops. So that combination brought me up to f/11 at 840mm and with a 1.3x crop body, 35mm equivalent is 1092mm. Being a photographer for so long, using teleconverters in the early days, I always used to add 1 or 2 stops when shooting with teleconverters. Now with teleconverters being much better I usually only add 1 stop, so I was shooting at f/16 with this combo. But using stacked teleconverters I probably should have added 2 stops to go to f/16. Even so it came out quite sharp. Good for static subjects.

 

 

 

Snowy Owls

We had heard that there was a Snowy Owl at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ, but we thought it had moved on or that we never could find it, if it was still even there. We mainly went to see the large flocks of Snow Geese. To our surprise we found 2 Snowy owls there. 1 around the bend from the other one, near the end of the Wildlife Drive before the wooded area. They were quite far out, but we were still surprised they were still there and we actually saw them throughout the rest of our time there. It was hard to spot them because it was warm and a lot of the snow had disappeared, leaving small clumps of snow out in the fields, so you were basically looking for a small “more vertical clump of white” out in the fields. They seemed to keep getting farther out in the fields as the day progressed. They are not great shots, but what I could get with what we had. I wish I had a tripod with me, which would have helped, but we were traveling light that day. I tried a few with stacked Teleconverters also. So with  a 1.4X Canon Teleconverter, with a 2X Canon Teleconverter, giving me with the 1.3 crop of the Canon MkIV about a 1456mm. Not really a 1456mm, but equivalent to that field of view as a 35mm format. These were also handheld, but with that combination I had a max f/stop of f/11, so I stopped down one more stop to f/16 and raised my ISO to 1250. I was surprised the MkIV still auto focused with all that added on. After a series I then went back to just the 2X Teleconverter. With the 400mm DO, stacking that much with the Diffractive Optics took it’s toll a little. The 400mm DO works great with a 1.4X Teleconverter at all distances. With a 2X it works well unless your subject is pretty far out, then the DO optics get softer and a little gritty, so the Stacking teleconverters was pushing it. Anyway we still had fun seeing them. Thanks for looking.

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Snowy Owl – cropped
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/16 @ 1/250 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 1250

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Snowy Owl – Full Frame Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/16 @ 1/250 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 1250

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Snowy Owl – Full Frame Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/11 @ 1/1000 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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Snowy Owl – Cropped Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/11 @ 1/1000 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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Snowy Owl – Cropped Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/11 @ 1/1000 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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Snowy Owl – Cropped Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/11 @ 1/1250 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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Snowy Owl – Cropped Image
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS lens, Canon 2X Series II Teleconverter, f/11 @ 1/1000 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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