Sometimes the best way to test gear is to take it out for a camera date.
Why is testing gear different than using it? Well, a test is an opportunity, when the meter isn’t running with a nervous playing client, to learn camera, lens accessories etc.
Take your camera out on a date. You can afford the luxury of trying things you would never do in a production shoot. In a production shoot, we must do what we know, unless that is completely failing, in that case, try what ever it takes to get the shot.
A test date allows experimentation. If it doesn’t work out, no one needs to know. No refunds need be issued, or worst, clients disappointed. Caulk it all up to learning.
In this case, I was experimenting with shutter speed, bokeh and aperture priority vs manual exposure modes using my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S at the Phoenix Zoo.
The camera is my usual Nikon D7000.
A monopod is essential for a more stable and therefore more clear shot.
Why not a tripod? Tripods are much slower to readjust for moving objects like birds and monkeys.
The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S has buttery smooth bokeh. Quick and accurate to focus, and with lots and lots of detail in images of far away animals, some of which move very quickly.
The croppings shown are the central parts of the actual images, click here to view or purchase a high resolution image of the flamingo. Great details, what?
Time is about 4:30 PM. The sun is already Continue reading Sunset at the Zoo with Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR2 AF-S lens on a Nikon D7000 Body