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Shooting Birds with a Macro Lens

All Quiet on the Western Front (Shutter Speed – 1/400 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

To be honest, I am nowhere close of being a wildlife photographer. I do not possess the gear for it, or the forte. I am simply a guy who finds beauty in small things, both of nature, and natural-human. I mostly use a small but powerful OMD-EM5 as my primary camera body, and short focal length, fast prime lenses for my regular and professional works like portraits and other things. I like being in nature and shooting inspirations out of it. Walking around the bushes and making my shoes dirty and muddy with my OMD and 60mm f/2.8 Macro I am always awestruck with the lens’ performance as a ‘Natural’-allrounder. Few days earlier when I was carrying myself on in a paddy field after a small drizzle with that particular gear set up, I happened to come close to a flock of white birds, and tried to create some shots out of them.

Caught on Flying (Shutter Speed – 1/640 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

As it already been confessed that there was no preparation for shooting birds that day, I was totally underprepared. I was wearing a loud coloured t-shirt, and there was no wild-life-class tele lens in my gearbag. What I had to do, I had to do with this 60mm f/2.8 Macro. Eventually those birds turned up to be more smart-ass than I am and over-prepared! They were reacting with my every crouch forward with their 10 feet flying retreat, making me exclaim in my mind, “I need an invisibility-cloak to get a good headshot of birds with this only 120mm (in full frame format) focal length!” But well, always you need not having that, and you can create a frame more beautiful as a natural element than a subject for ornithological study.

Wingmen (Shutter Speed – 1/500 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

Busy in a Talk (Shutter Speed – 1/400 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

This M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 is an amazing lens. It may not have that reach, a true bird-gazer looks for, but this lens is neat, sharp, fast, and accurate on focus. This lens is a great performer on amazing detail and colour output. Overall, this lens gives you an idea how good that next gen Olympus Pro lenses will be! Though I am not a wildlife photographer, those white birds taught me a lot about what sort of metal being a wildlife-photographer is! And I am waiting to get my hands on the upcoming 40-150mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4. I just pray that those lenses come cheaper than their DSLR counterparts and with that dream, let’s wish you night.

In a Line (Shutter Speed – 1/640 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

Keeping My Head Low (Shutter Speed – 1/400 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

P.S. I didn’t say much about what was the shot I was after at the sunset in the paddy field… Well, that looks more like the below image. :)

Dusked (Shutter Speed – 1/400 Sec ; Aperture – f/2.8 ; ISO – 200 ; Edited in Photoshop CS5 )

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