You are a kindly lot, thank you for your splendiferous Comments (and Votes) on 'Lunch 55 - The Three-banded Plover'. You are right, photographing a very small, fast moving and skittish bird is not easy, using 700mm focal length (500mm + x1.4 extender [910mm, if you take into account the x1.3 crop factor]). I deleted way more than I kept..! Some said the image was too bright, one in particular on its - 'face'. If you look at the time taken (5.25pm), the harsh African sun is at its lowest (about an hour before sunset), so that's maybe why. Possibly it was his delightfully bright red 'nose' that brought this attention? No, not too much Madafu, but possibly due to imbibing in too much of that delightful lake water...!!!
Thank you for your kind wishes regarding the 'meeting' at the Dept. of Immigration, yesterday. What a palaver..! Fingerprints - 'white man, lets make his complete hand black, like ours'... 'Passport' Photographs - more money... Form filling - loads of them... Visited more offices and joined more queues than you could shake a stick at. Then, THE Interview, with a very clever, albeit curteous, man, with all the stripes of a top official. "We can extend your stay, if you qualify" were his actual words (I did wonder at that point, if should have actually put a brown envelope inside our application forms!). He asked me what I thought about Great Britain's collusion with the ICC (International Criminal Court) to bring Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to 'justice'. This wasn't a fair question, because the answer very much depended on his own politics...! After a very long hour, we departed with passports stamped - and his contact details written on a piece of paper 'in case you need my help, in the future'..! We stay..!
I hope you don't mind, but today, I thought I would set you a little 'challenge', to see if you know what the subject of my image is? Please don't include your thoughts in your Comment, if you should make one. Because, you will either be incorrect - or give the answer away to everyone else. Instead, I shall tell you tomorrow, when I upload another group, from the series of 'Black-shouldered Kites'. Then only you will know, if you got the answer right, or not
Have a Tremendous Thursday..!
PS: If you would like to, you are welcome to send me a PM, with your answer. I will respond to all, but only periodically - I am still completing work for my 'boys' and have my nose to the grindstone...
|Camera:||Canon EOS-1D Mark IV |
|Lens:||EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||25 Jan 2014 - 3:15 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|