Osprey at Lake Martin

During my visit to The Gulf States Camera Club Council Convention last week, I was able to take a boat tour of Lake Martin.  On the particular morning I did the tour, it was pretty chilly...around 50 degrees or so.  Due to the chill we didn't see any gators, but we did see several species of birds that hang out at the lake.

One of those birds was this Osprey.  He had just caught a bass and was sitting in the sun feasting.  This Osprey was probably the best lit bird of the morning.  It was front lit and in plenty of morning light.  Most of the other birds were in dimly lit areas so I was excited to get some good light on a bird!

Aperture-priority, 1/1,000 sec, f/8, ISO 250, Compensation: -1/3

I used my Nikon D500 and Tamron 100-400 F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens to capture this image.  Since I was on a boat with several other people and there was no room for a tripod or monopod, I relied on the VC of the lens to help with any movement from either me or the boat.

More from the Tamron 16-300

I posted an image a few weeks ago from the Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park that was taken with the new Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens.  One of the features that is super cool about this lens is is versatility.

Let me show you what I mean with a few images.

First, I was able to shoot on the wide end for landscapes. Like this one taken at T.A. Moulton's Barn on Mormon Row.  This was shot at 26mm.  

Next, as it would happen, as we were leaving the shoot from the barn, we came across this group of bison and all of these puffy, white clouds above them in the sky.  This one was shot at 28mm.

At one point during our visit, we stumbled across a bit of a "mountain bird rookery".  On one of our visits to this special bird area I had loaned my Tamron 150-600mm Lens to one of the workshop participants so I spent that morning using the 16-300.  Here's one of the woodpeckers exiting the nest.  This image was shot at 300mm.

And here's the male mountain bluebird hanging out at their nest, which is an abandoned woodpecker nest.  Again, 300mm.

Finally, I was also able to zoom in for some "telephoto landscapes" like this one at Oxbow Bend at sunset.  This was another 300mm shot.

That's it...for now.  Hopefully this shows you some of the versatility of having a lens that reaches from 16-300mm.  I ended up using this lens for much more of the trip that I thought because of that.