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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE NOTE: December 15, 2001

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Immature Snow Goose, Bosque Del Apache NWR, NM.  Canon 600mm f/L IS lens, 2X II TC, 1.4X II TC, Canon EOS 1v camera body.  Manual Focus.  Provia F 100 pushed two stops (rated at EI 320).   Evaluative metering at zero; 1/125 second at f/11.
With the new Canon Series II teleconverters, you can stack the 1.4X II TC behind the 2X II TC without using an extension tube.  Most sunny afternoons at Bosque found dozens of geese within 40 feet of the road right near the refuge entrance.  I took advantage of this opportunity to make head shots of both adult and young Snow Geese.  (There were so many birds that isolating one for a portrait was difficult.)
I stopped down for additional sharpness.  Using stacked teleconverters almost always requires you to focus manually, and always requires perfect sharpness techniques.  That said, I usually make one really sharp image out of every half dozen or so.  I think that the high failure rate is, however, due to the difficulty of focusing. because I usually get several sharp ones in a row...




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