What Does the Picture Mean vice Show?
In this case, the picture means (to me) that the Tamron 18 – 200mm lens for the NEX cameras isn’t very long. I heard that one of the new duck families was out for one of their first outings on the pond so I headed on over. Since I had my NEX-6 with the Tamron 18 – 200mm lens mounted on it, I thought that I would see what I could get. I took the above picture with it extended to the maximum zoom of 200mm. As you can see, it didn’t get me very close.
When I bought the Sony NEX-6, I did it with a slight hope that I might be able to use it rather than my Pentax K-5 as an all-around, walk-about camera. I knew that I couldn’t get a good long lens for it that would be as long as I had for the K-5, but I was still hoping that I could get-by with the 200mm focal length. I thought that I might give-up taking some of my wildlife pictures for the ability to reduce the combined weight of the camera and lens. The NEX-6 with the 18 – 200mm lens only weighs 69% as much as the K-5 with the 55 – 300mm lens.
After a lot of gnashing of teeth, and looking at other pictures similar to the above, I have decided to continue to use my K-5 with the 55 – 300mm lens for my walks when there are opportunities for long shots. I returned the Tamron 18 – 200mm lens.
In addition, I’m now re-thinking my plans for the NEX-6 camera and I’m considering other lenses for it. I’ll let you know what I decide, but in the meanwhile, I’ll be back to using my K-5 more than the NEX-6. Whether I keep it or replace the NEX-6 depends upon the nature of what I’ll be photographing over the next year.
By the way, I’m also thinking more about what my pictures mean vice show. As I have discussed in other articles, I feel that a picture should mean more than just be “a pretty picture.” I don’t yet know where I’m going with this approach, but I’m still looking for something different with my photography and my blog. I don’t expect you to notice any major changes immediately, but you might notice more experiments with different subjects, styles, cameras, lenses, etc.
an 18-200 is really about the perfect walking around lens. it only seems that 200mm’s isn’t very long.
the real trick to shooting wildlife is getting closer.
with most animals an approach that isn’t head-on or perpindicular can get you much closer than you’d expect. approach at an angle that’s not 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees. the prey beasts see into their periphery much better than you’d assume. a direct approach is a threat.
not looking eye-to-eye at your subject can give you an extra few feet. look out of the corner of your eye. by the way your lens is an intimidating cyclopean orb, don’t show it until you have to. the direct look is a threat.
most important…move slowly. in a box somewhere i have prints of a full frame shot of a whitetail buck taken with a 35mm lens i was using for landscapes. it took almost an hour to fill the frame but in the end it was worth it.
in your case a duck and her brood are going to be harder to approach than a loner, but it can be done. patience and deceit can get you closer. i spent the summer with great blue heron who flew at a direct approach but fished along side me if i did my part right.