Here’s a little technical info for the photography enthusiasts out there. When I was assigned to photograph the bald eagles at the Oklahoma City Zoo last week, I brought way too much lens. I used a 400mm @2.8 and a 2x converter. The converter doubles the length, but you also lose two stops of light. So instead of a 400mm @2.8, I had an 800 @5.6, which is fine because the eagles were in the shade on a bright, sunny day.
In their enclosure on the Oklahoma Trails at the Oklahoma City Zoo, the eagles feel like they are very close. I probably could have used a 300mm, but the tighter I filled the frame with the eagles, the more the background dropped out of focus. If I’d used a 80-200mm, I’d have similar pictures, but I’d have to crop in too much and the backgrounds would be very distracting.
And speaking camera settings and technical stuff, Nate Billings and Sarah Phipps photographed fireworks this weekend. Sarah’s picture, that you can see here, was taken with a Canon 24mm lens, ISO 400, a 4.5 f-stop and a half second shutter speed. For the picture below, Nate used a 35mm, 200 ISO, f/16, and a 3 second shutter speed.