Something that has become very clear to me is the importance of getting down low. Just bending my knees slightly isn’t enough. Optimally is simply laying down on the ground, stabilising the camera on my elbows. Here’s a bird shot from a higher height than I would have liked to.
Another thing to note is the slight softness of the image, in spite of being quite heavily edited to minimise the effect. That comes from reed in the foreground. With one of my fast primes, having an out of focus object in the foreground is a no-brainer. I am realising more and more, however, that is not the same with this f/5.6 zoom. You simply cannot obliterate a foreground object in the same way as with a f/1.8 or even f/1.4.
Down below is a photograph taken at a very low angle, in fact I was laying down on my belly on a pier to achieve that. In my mind this creates a much more pleasing image to look at.
Oh, and whenever I add a random photograph of a bird without necessarily commenting on it, that is because it is a (usually common) bird that I have already ticked off my list, only I find this image to be of somewhat better quality than the previous first version.
Björktrast – yes I did accidentally crop out its feet… Nevertheless, a good example of the importance of getting down low. This was in fact taken while wearing rain pants, only to be able to lay down on the muddy grass.
Taltrast – quite the singing bird. I heard its singing from a distance and walked for a while before I found it, high up in a tree singing its lungs out for a long time.