Ah, how times have changed. I’ve been to many concerts, but usually cameras are prohibited items. Not this time, as I was able to bring my Nikon P7000 to a recent show in California. For the most part, I was impressed with what I got, and the manual functions on the P7000 really helped when things got dark.
I took advantage of the high ISO mode (ISO 1600) and used spot metering to avoid drastic overexposure– something that happens a LOT when a point and shoot camera sees a very dark stage and a spot-lit musician. I also liked being able to dial in -EV compensation to keep the background dark. At the end of the night, I got some memories that I could take with me.
This female Anhinga had just come out of the water after a dip at the aptly named Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park, Florida. There are lots of spots along the trail where you can easily set up your tripod and just wait for the action to begin.
Specs: Nikon D300s with 200-400mm f/4.0 AFS VR G zoom Nikkor lens, 1/1000s @ f/5.6.
I wrapped up my Everglades Birding Photo Safari last night, and so I had some time to go through more of my shots. The other morning I took the group down to Flamingo, where our main location was the Eco Pond area. Before we arrived at the Eco Pond, however, I pulled to the side of the road and stopped. My class thought I was nuts; there didn’t seem to be anything there. Of course, I had scouted the area before and knew that an osprey had its primary territory right next to the road. Sure enough, this individual was perched only 50 feet away. We set up shop and waited for sunrise to light the bird.