Last Thursday was our workshop at GIbbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA. We had a fantastic group of photographers! The waterlilies were amazing! I was on the hunt for a frog, though. Maybe one by a waterlily...maybe. One lady in our group, whom her husband says was blind, was the first one to spot the hidden frogs. Once I learned of her skill, I followed her around until I got my frog shot.
I was using my trusty Tamron 150-600mm Lens to pull these waterlilies in close. Well, waterlilies and frogs, too. I also had my Sirui beast tripod, the R-5214X. That thing could hold 40 of those lenses and not miss a beat.
I shot this at my camera's lowest native ISO of 100. I also shot this on the longest end of my lens at 600mm. Depth of field is a lot more shallow on longer focal length lenses, so I went with F/11. You can see what I mean by looking at the waterlily right behind the frog. It is out of focus. These settings yielded a shutter speed of 1/80th second. I know that seems like a slow shutter speed for 600mm, but I was on a very sturdy tripod and my subject wasn't moving. Those two factors allowed me to pull this off and still have a sharp image.