This article features a selection of M.Zuiko 75-300 heron images. All were recently captured handheld during a visit to Hendrie Valley. Many photographs are displayed as full frame captures, while others have been cropped. The degree of cropping done is detailed in the EXIF data where appropriate.
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I started my visit early in the morning and decided to try some slow shutter speed test images with the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II fully extended to 300 mm (efov 600 mm).
Often stoic in nature, Great Blue Herons make excellent subjects for this type of test. After capturing a number of consecutive images successfully at 1/20th of a second, I lowered my shutter speed to 1/10th of a second to take the photograph above. I’m not sure if this is the slowest that I can realistically do… more testing is required!
During my morning visit I had a few opportunities to capture Great Blue Herons in flight. I love the colouring of their wings and bodies.
My best opportunity for a close up run of images happened when a Great Blue Heron took flight, then circled around and came back in to land. The following seven images are from the same AF-C run (continuous auto-focus, high sequential silent shutter, 15 frames-per-second).
Great Blue Herons can be very territorial and aggressive behaviour between individual birds can sometimes ensue. Before hostilities break out the birds will often signal their intent with a threat display.
Outstretched wings accompanied by a raised neck and up-tilted head is a classic threat display.
I was treated to some very nice light during my morning visit. This enabled a couple of additional opportunities to capture images of herons coming in to land.
Rather than only focus on herons in flight, I also used the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II to capture some photographs of standing birds as you can see in the following four images.
Towards the end of my visit I had the chance to photograph Great Blue Herons in flight. In the photograph below you can see that the bird was approaching me on a bit of an angle.
The last image in this article was a pretty aggressive crop of about 39% on the width (i.e. 3161 pixels from 5184 pixels). As with the other the bird photographs that I’ve captured with the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II thus far, I was pleased with the image quality from this cost affordable, lightweight telephoto zoom lens.
If you are considering the M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II you may like to see my earlier article that featured osprey in flight captured with this telephoto zoom lens. The M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II will appeal to photographers looking for a small, lightweight and cost affordable telephoto zoom lens. It provides an equivalent field-of-view of 150-600 mm. This lens is not weather-proof.
We own the M.Zuiko 75-300 f/4.8-6.7 II with which the photographs in this article were captured.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Most photographs were cropped to taste, then resized for web use. The degree of any cropping done is detailed in the EXIF data.
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