I tried out a new telephoto lens (Tamron 150-600 mm) at the Alan Murphy bird photography workshop in Alamo, Texas, and was very pleased with the results. It’s extremely sharp, even at full 600 mm extension, especially when the camera-lens setup is secured on a tripod. However, when zoomed all the way out, there is not much area in the frame, and it’s more likely that parts or all of the subjects will be missing from the image. But I took a chance that at least some of the images might capture the action, and indeed there were a few notable ones.
I certainly learned a lot over the course of the three days that we photographed these birds in action, and one thing that will stick with me is to take chances by zooming all the way in to get really good close-up images.