Fun with Chickadees

I recently spent a couple of hours at Hendrie Valley with a fellow photographer and had some fun with chickadees. These cute little birds seldom sit still for any length of time, making them good test subjects for eye/hand coordination.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/7.1, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 2.4 metres

Rather than capture images of the chickadees in static, perched positions, I used Pro Capture H and focused on creating photographs with interesting wing positions.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-5000, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 5 metres

There were a number of other species of birds in the immediate area so chickadees were not my sole photographic subjects during my brief visit.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-3200, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 5.8 metres

These small birds are constantly moving which makes it difficult to anticipate their flight direction.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-5000, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 5.2 metres

After launching they will often veer off in different directions. When using Pro Capture H this can cause the birds go quickly out of focus.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-4000, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 4.2 metres

I will definitely need to study chickadees more in order to better understand and anticipate their behaviour.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/8, 1/2500, ISO-1600, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 4.4 metres

I certainly enjoyed trying to photograph them. It served to remind me that even quite common, local birds can help create an enjoyable photographic outing.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm. f/8, 1/2500, ISO-4000, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 4.7 metres

The spring birding season will soon be upon us in Southern Ontario. Since I purchased my Olympus gear late in the season last year I’m looking forward to spending more time out in the field with it this year.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm f/8, 1/2500, ISO-3200, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 3.4 metres

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm f/8, 1/2500, ISO-2500, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 4.6 metres

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 220 mm, efov 440 mm f/8, 1/2500, ISO-3200, Pro Capture H Mode, subject distance 3.4 metres

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