Bird Blind

I was able to spend some time in the bird blind this past weekend.  I was trying out a new tripod.  I mean it's new to me, but it's defiantly not the latest on the market.  It is the Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.  I like this tripod for one huge reason...I can completely remove the center column and get to ground level.   Can't you get to ground level with your other Vanguard Tripods, you ask?  Sure, but it requires a bit more work.  I have to raise the center column up and slide it through the bracket that essentially turns it parallel to the ground.  Then I can spread the legs all the way out and I'm at ground level.  With the Abeo Plus model I can just get to ground level by spreading the legs out and not fooling with the center column.  I like that!

Back to the bird blind...

I was setup with my tripod and my Canon 7D with the Tamron 150-600mm lens.  That lens is pretty much the reason I even have a bird blind in the first place.  There wasn't much action on this particular morning, but I did get the chance to photograph a few cardinals. 

This guy in the image above was shot at F/7.1, ISO 1250 and a shutter speed of 1/500th.  Why ISO 1250?  Well, it was a cloudy morning and I needed to bump the ISO a bit to get to the shutter speed I wanted to freeze the action.  Even though he is posing for a portrait here ;)

Since the light didn't change, this guy was shot at the exact same settings as the one above.  Both were shot racked out to 600mm.  I really love this long lens Tamron has pumped out!