Seagull on the Margaret Todd
September 25, 2014, 7:03 AM
I took this after sunrise this morning of a seagull sitting on one of the Margaret Todd’s masts in Bar Harbor, Maine. 400mm, f/45, ISO 100, 1/8000 second shutter. “f/45?!!” you ask? Yup! I was handholding my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II with a TC-20E III 2x teleconverter, which doubles both the focal length and the aperture. So f/22 becomes f/45. I was already at ISO 100 (which is extended beyond the normal base ISO of 200 on my Nikon D700), and 1/8000 shutter shooting directly into the sun, and I didn’t dare take the time to get my tripod and 10 stop ND filter out of the truck before the bird flew away.