My last post was about flora; so, in order to treat the animal world on equal terms, I thought it would be appropriate to put a few members of the honorable fauna in display.
This is going to be quite a counterclimax for me since, as readers of previous posts know, seldom if ever do I have a long lens screwed on my camera body.
21mm is my default lens, with a 9mm and a 35mm being the two companions in my usual camera bag.
In this post, pictures below are exclusively taken with a long, 100-400mm, telephoto.
Funnily, when a lens is “short”, one shoots “wide”, but when one uses a telephoto, one does not shoot “narrow”….
It was a groundbreaking exercise for me as I tried the Sony tracking system for the first time, having viewed numerous how-to videos beforehand to prepare.
Sony proposes three modes for its eye-tracking system: human eyes, animal eyes and bird eyes. Yes, in Sonyspeak, birds are not animals 😉 .
So, tracking mode on, continuous auto focus on, a well loaded battery and space to spare on an SD card, here we go.
One thing I indeed learnt is that when all the bells and whistles are activated, it feels like plonking your foot down on a very powerful, large-engined car: you can actually see the fuel gauge moving down along the drive! Same with the camera battery. Quite a difference from shooting with a (thus more economical) manual lens.
One more thing I discovered is needed for such an exercise. Patience.
But sometimes, it can be rewarding. Or so I think.
Because nothing jumps from spot to spot faster than an insect.
They just move on after a mere couple of seconds after touch down, and the opportunity is gone.
Monkeys are much more accessible, and not disturbed one bit by human presence.
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