Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nikon 500mm f/4.0 P

Pacific Harbor Seals
I got a new toy. The Nikon 500mm f/4.0 P prime telephoto manual focus lens. With a x1.4 teleconverter and a x2.0 TC I will effectively have a 700mm and a 1000mm telephoto lens as well. This shot of the Pacific Harbor Seals resting on the offshore rocks just off Pigeon Point was captured with my 500mm. They are incredibly sensitive marine mammals so I had to keep my distance at 50+ feet so as not to break the Marine Mammal Protection act, but also not to scare my subjects into the Ocean. As I know this reef intimately so I was able to sneak up onto them and set up my camera and tripod with out disturbing them very much. They did all notice me as this photo exemplifies, but I was able to mess around with my settings and get off a few different shots before the setting sun went down too far and before the seals looked away or moved around. I shot it at f/4 so the depth of field would be shallow enough to blur the background and focus the eye on the subjects in focus. The bokah appears to be real nice in this prime telephoto lens. ISO 200 1/100 second. Post production in Lightroom 4.