Are you totally knocking out the relevance of sunlight with flash or is this careful post-processing photoshopping to get the dark periphery?
Since this seems tack-sharp, with no IS, then I would guess that this fits in with use of powerful flash or a tripod with a gimbal.
On the other hand, I can’t explain the blue fragments below the squirrel, and these suggest image manipulation!!
Thank you Andy. I am a wedding photographer, and to unwind and de-stress I love to go photograph wildlife. And try and spend as much time as possible photographing Birds, Squirrels, at a local hide.Absolutely gorgeous shot Gordon.
Captured some of its character for sure.
I try to spend time communing with all sorts of animals as often as I can.
They never let me down.
Always full of surprises.
Nice glimpse into its world.
....... It is in a part of the forest where there is a small gap in the canopy for the light to pass through and light the squirrel.......
.....the hard part is getting him to the area where he will be lit by the sun.
..........and a spot of vignette.
@Asher Kelman there's a mistake somewhere, I could easily download the HD file from Flicker and could read the exif:I am impressed by the 10,000 ISO performance! But what size can this be printed
I have only used this lens about 5 times and yes the first time my heart sunk to my feet when I seen the images. Not good at all. Very, very soft images at f4, but I looked into the camera menu and started some micro adjustments. Which was a stab in the dark. I started to take images and make adjustments 5 at a time until the results were as close as could be to being reasonably sharp, then started to adjust 1 at a time until the images appeared pin sharp.That is one expensive lens that you have there. I hope you are able to make lots of use of it. Very nice photos you have captured. The lens is great for the subject isolation Which works well with wildlife photography.
I notice that everyone longs for these exotic long focal length lenses, and have heard from different ones that they didnt get the results they were expecting - especially when forking out large amounts of money to buy and thus expecting it has to result in amazing images.
Often the blame is put on the specific copy of the lens, but my experience has been that it is a huge challenge to get consistently great images from such focal lengths and so it takes time and practice for photographers to develop the skills to get great results and recognize where and how the lens can be best utilized. I have used an equivalent 600mm lens on my Olympus cameras for many years, and was so disappointed in the results at the start, but eventually and with much patience started refining my technique with the lens.
Great that the light coming from behind you (recognized in reflection of the squirell’s eye), added the catchlight to the eye. An interesting spot lighting effect. It’s nice to expect that we can get usable 6400ISO results in modern cameras (with your bird shot)
Gordon,I have only used this lens about 5 times and yes the first time my heart sunk to my feet when I seen the images. Not good at all. Very, very soft images at f4, but I looked into the camera menu and started some micro adjustments. Which was a stab in the dark. I started to take images and make adjustments 5 at a time until the results were as close as could be to being reasonably sharp, then started to adjust 1 at a time until the images appeared pin sharp.
Shooting at such extreme focal lengths at f4 the depth of focus is extremely shallow and if focus is out even slightly it will be really noticeable.
But I think I have it sorted now.
Next I have a 2x converter that I have to make some micro adjustments to improve the sharpness. The camera recognizes that there is a converter fitted. I will keep you all posted on progress.