Posted by: photographytuition | May 16, 2013

More Puffins and more snow.

I can’t believe it mid-May and there’s still snow on the hills.

Skomer is still fresh in the memory and no apologies for another Puffin picture:

WIL_2898Does it look cute or daft or what? Nikon 300mm f4 lens.

It’s easy to ignore the other birds on Skomer but if you ever go there take a good look around the landing area where you’ll see Guillemots and Razorbills. Everyone rushes off around the island but this is the only place you’ll get close-up views of these birds.

WIL_3118Above: Guillemot taken with a Nikon 300mm f4 lens.

Last year I bought a 300mm f4 lens which I love and recently added the new Nikon 70-200mm f4. To help pay for these I sold my old and trusty Nikon 70-300mm which had served me well for years. Reason: even though the 70-300mm is probably the best of its type the 70-200mm and 300mm beat it for quality, as they should considering the extra cost and weight!


Photo above: Whitethroat, Nikon 70-200mm f4 lens at 200mm, ISO 280, f8 1/1000th second.

Telephotos are notoriously poor at their longest length – which is probably just when you need them to be at their best. This new 70-200mm f4  is excellent at 200mm. (Click on photos to enlarge).


Photo above: Male Wheatear. Nikon 70-200mm f4 at 200mm,  ISO 280, f4.8, 1/2000sec. 100% enlargement with a tiny bit of sharpening.

All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.

Just a reminder that I don’t use or even possess Photoshop. All editing is minimal using only the free programme, View NX2, that came with the Nikon D7000 camera.

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