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Friday, October 07, 2011

Snake In The Grass





At the Midwest Birding Symposium, my friend Clay Taylor tuned me on to a great digiscoping lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. I knew that I would have to get the Olympus 14-42mm MSC lens to pair with my Panasonic DMC-G1 after he let me try it- on my Nikon EDG Fieldscope I can get vignette-free images at nearly any zoom. The internal focus of the lens prevents any bumping and it seems very sharp on initial perusal. As a nice bonus, I found out that it also makes a really nice macro lens when I came across this Common Garter Snake at Boulder Reservoir last week. With the zoom range (28-84mm equivalent), digiscoping friendliness, and excellent macro capabilities, I think that it will be the ideal companion to tote along as a compliment to my telephoto rig. Here are a few macros taken with this new rig- digiscoping examples will follow eventually...



3 comments:

Beverly said...

Wow, you couldn't have been all that close to the snake, could you? Seems to me if you were, it wouldn't have been 'casually' looking at ya. But, sheeshhhhhhh...the photo looks like you were nose to nose! Awesome...

brdpics said...

Hi Beverly- thanks for the comment. While I wasn't literally nose-to-nose, I eased my camera down at arm's length until it was about 6 or 7 inches in front of the snake. It kept looking at me and a friend who was using his body to shade the snake for more even light. Once it got tired of the game it skedaddled into heavier cover.

Beyond My Garden said...

Oooh, Very nice.
nellie