I went out with a group of photographers last week to the local park – just to shoot a bit of wildlife I thought – I knew there were nesting Great Crested Grebe, with chicks, and I also knew that I’d need a long lens… so armed with a 300mm lens, and a x2 extender, I set off – only to find that they had brought a model with them – “Portraits with a 300…. hmmm” not so sure… but hey I thought, I’ll just have to stand further away… so there I am, half way across a field, shouting instructions to the model… at one point I did a portrait at 600mm – and whilst I realise that the whole thing was a bit over the top, (I was using a tripod and yelling my head off)…… but then what a fabulous background. Beautiful bokeh, soft and she’s absolutely spot on in focus. Would I do it again? Sure would – the results were by far better than I expected. You sometimes just can’t get that kind of softness with a shorter lens.
Oh and yes, the Grebe were there, with their chicks, but I’ll save those shots for another time.