The Digital Photo Guy

Ansel Adams, a Ric Burns video

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips

Some photographers transcend photography and become icons. Ansel Adams is such an icon. I’ve read lots of articles about Adams, sat through many lectures about the him and admired all of his iconic images but it seems that every new story has a different nuance about this multi-faceted giant. I really enjoyed this video and hope you will too.

The reason I found this video was because I was at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge in Los Angeles over the weekend. It was pleasent and interesting but not exactly what I would call a wildlife refuge (except for the baggy-pants homie birds). Anyplace I have to keep an eye out behind me isn’t exactly a natural pool of serenity.

All the usual suspects were hanging out at the basin including GBH, snowy egret, great egret, night herons, cormorants, turkey vultures, mallards, coots, Anna’s, lots and lots of SCBs (small chirpy birds) and one crotchety osprey.

In the morning, the osprey kept flying up and down the length of the pond and I was worn out trying to keep up with it. After lunch and a nap, I went back around 3PM and found him chowing down on a freshly caught fish. Unfortunately, he was on an island in the center of the pond, a good 200 feet away. I only had my 300/2.8 so I first tried that with a 2x TC. At 600mm, the osprey looked like Henery the Chick Hawk of Foghorn Leghorn fame. In desperation, I stacked the 2x TX with a 1.4x TC for 840mm effective. On a Canon 40D with a 1.6 crop factor, my field of view was about 1350mm at f/8. Of course, this meant I lost autofocus but that was OK because the osprey was sitting still. Still, the photos were unusable because I just couldn’t get enough pixels on him. This photo is the only one I’m posting because, like most phoographers, I really don’t like posting bad photos.

The photo on the left is cropped while the photo on the right is the original.


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