Bird photography with Canon 7D

I took my new Canon EOS 7D out for a field test on Sunday. Practiced a lot of shooting on these mallards and gulls trying to get a feel for how the auto focus system works and what settings are the best for tracking birds.

The detail captured by the 7D is amazing. Shooting these ducks on the water it captured incredible amount of detail compared to my old 10D or even to the 1D Mk2 that I have used for bird photography before.

Duck

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Cat walk at the zoo

Went to the zoo today and tried to visit all of the animals in the Metro Toronto Zoo that belongs to the cat family (Felidae). Here’s a list of all the big cats visited:

  • Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
  • Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)
  • Jaguar (Panthera onca)
  • Cougar (Puma concolor)
  • Lion (Panthera leo)
  • Caracal (Caracal caracal)
  • Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
  • Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)
  • Cloud Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)

I think that’s all the big cats in the Toronto Zoo, let me know if I missed any. Took nearly all day to visit all the cats. Unfortunately wasn’t really able to get a good photo for most of them. So here’s what I’ve got for the day.

Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

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A tale of steaks and tigers

Today right around lunch time at the zoo, the Sumatran Tigers found a few juicy steaks in their enclosure. They were overjoyed with the sight of fresh flesh and I was able to capture some photos that normally I wouldn’t be able to in the zoo, namely tigers actually feeding. Well I let the photos speak for themselves.

The images after this one is graphical, but at least it was just a big steak nothing more.

Sumatran Tiger

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Bird photography with Canon 1D Mk II

I borrow my friend’s Canon 1D Mk II for a while and trying out shooting bird with this camera. Gave Scarborough Bluffs a try to see if I can test the camera out. The auto focus is really good but being 1D has a 1.3 crop factor while my 10D has a 1.6 crop factor, I found I lose significant focal length, so much so that I started to use the 1.4x extender on my Sigma 100-300 all the time. But the problem with the 1.4x extender is that is slows down auto focus by a lot and it degrades picture quality. So in the end I think Canon 1D is not really for me. I would rather have a really good APS-C factored DSLR than a 1.3x crop factored camera.

Now here’s the result. First up a few common birds.

To the left Common Grackle and to the right American Robin.

Common grackle American Robin

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Morning at Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park

Had a short outing in the Muskoka region in the fall. Had some very brief time to photograph to a few fall landscape shots.

I was with another friend, we set out at around 4:30am and drive into Algonquin provincial park. We arrived at the Lake Of Two Rivers campground trying to shoot the run rise.

The color that day was wonderful. A thick fog developed on the lake and the rising sun produced a smooth gradient of warming color in the air. The subtle reflection of the island in the water, and a few shadow of the distant mountain, all made that morning very memorable. Here’s a shot to show you the color of the morning.

Morning At Lake Of Two Rivers

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