It is cool and cloudy when I am in Martin’s Haven in the morning. This is where the ferries leave for Skomer Island.
The boat to Skomer Island departs from Martin’s Haven, a small bay that can be reached by car in a few minutes from Marloes in western Wales. The ferry will normally transfer to Skomer Island at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 am. There are about 40 people on the boat. Therefore, the number of visitors is limited to about 120 per day. My pension owner said that the rush can be very large and you should be there 1 hour before the ticket sale begins. On that day, however, the rush was not so great because the weather was not very good. When I arrived there shortly after 8:00 am, I was actually the first one, but soon some people arrived. It was still not clear if the ferry would go at all. At some point, the ticket sales were then unlocked, but on demand we were only told that is not decided whether the ferry leaves or whether the captain will decide on the spot. The captain would not arrive until 9:00 am.
There were more and more people, but fortunately I was in the lead in the queue and did not have to worry about not getting a ticket if the ferry only went once this time. After a long, anxious wait, the captain finally arrived and decided that the ferry would leave. It was a bit of a miracle for me as it stormed just like the days before and the weather forecast also announced a storm for the rest of the week and I was not very confident to get to Skomer Island at all.
The ferry is quite small and I did not think that actually 40 people fit on it and it got pretty tight, especially since a lot of the people had big backpacks with photo equipment. The crossing takes about 20 minutes, and the waves, which looked rather harmless from the land, showed significantly larger when on the ship. It reminded me Continue reading Visiting Skomer Island for Puffins
Ein Riesenkrach herrscht besonders in der Brutzeit auf einem typischen Vogelfelsen. Mitten drin kann sieht man immer wieder einen farbenfrohen, untersetzten Gesellen mit leuchtend orangenfarbenen Füßen und Schnäbeln. Häufig steht dieser Vogel still am Rand der Klippen steht, als würde ihn der ganze Trubel nichts angehen. Dies ist der Papageitaucher (Fratercula arctica).
Bei einem England-Aufenthalt ging es dann auch mal nach Süd Wales und ich hatte Gelegenheit, die Insel Skomer zu besuchen. Dort habe ich erlebt, daß die Papageitaucher immer wieder unter die Naheinstellgrenze meines Objektivs (Canon 4,0/ 400 DO) kamen. Dabei näherten sich die Papageitaucher; nicht ich mich ihnen. Auf Skomer war das Brutgeschäft schon im Gange, aber die Küken waren noch nicht geschlüpft. Somit hatte ich nur einen einzigen Papageitaucher gesehen der mal mit dem Schnabel voller Sandale anflog.
Auf der Insel stellen die Papageitaucher einen besonderen Höhepunkt dar. Die am besten zu beobachtende Kolonie auf Skomer heißt „The Wick“. Egal, wo man auf die drolligen Gesellen trefft: man sollte viel Zeit und Geduld mitbringen. Auch zu Essen und zu Trinken sollte vorhanden sein. Denn haben sich die Vögel Continue reading Papageitaucher auf Skomer
Nachdem ich vor einem guten halben Jahr einen Erfahrungsbericht zur Canon EOS 1DX geschrieben hatte, möchte ich kurz über ein interessantes Feature berichten, zu dem ich bisher noch nichts im Netz gefunden habe.
Vorangeschickt sei noch, daß ich weiterhin mit der Canon EOS 1 D X ebenso wie vorher mit der EOS 1 Mark IV sehr zufrieden bin. Vor allem bei Flugaufnahmen spielt die Canon EOS 1 D X ihre Vorzüge aus. Das war auch der Grund, warum ich mir damals die 1DX kurzer Hand als Vorführmodell eines Magazinfotografen gekauft hatte. Als Vogelfotograf habe ich mich auf das Ablichten von Continue reading Canon EOS 1DX: Verhalten bei AF unmöglich
Some months ago, a blog was written on bird-lens.com to review the Canon EOS 1DX and explain some aspects of dynamic range and noise in the Canon EOS 1DX performance.
As mentioned in the blog, some tests in photo laboratories show, that the dynamic range of the Canon EOS 1Dx benefits from having “only” 18 million pixels with a full frame sensor. For this you get a high dynamic range and a better signal / noise ratio. The Canon EOS 1Dx produces images with so little noise, that you can safely use high ISO values.
To give more examples, I show some images shot at dusk at the Laguna de Gallocanta. A Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) was hunting over Continue reading Canon EOS 1DX: Twilight performance
After blogging a review of the Canon EOS 1DX some people asked me wether I can subscribe what is written there and wether it is possible to show proof of what is said, that the dynamic range has improved significantly over the Mark IV.
Some tests in photo laboratories show, that Dynamic range of Canon EOS 1DX benefits from having “only” 18 million pixels with a full frame sensor. For this you get a high dynamic range and a better signal / noise ratio. The test showed a total dynamic range of nearly 11 stops at the low ISO settings in a RAW file. At 100 ISO RAW files, they found a usable dynamic range (while taking into account noise) of 7 stops and at a 6400 ISO jpg file still 6 stops.
The sensor of the Canon EOS 1D X use a new feature where there is no space between the pixels, and as much as possible of the incident light is actually converted into signal. This is new in a professional Canon Continue reading Canon EOS 1DX: some aspects of Dynamic range and Noise
After having written a review about the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV not too long ago, the review for the Canon EOS 1 D X may be a little bit early. But I think, I write only a short review, because I ‘m often asked about my experiences with the 1DX. Mainly from photographers who (still) use the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV.
With the EOS 1 Mark IV I had been very satisfied all the time and – until February this year – I assumed that I would wait for the next professional model and would skip the Canon EOS 1DX. I would not have thought at the time, that I would buy the Canon EOS 1DX. The EOS 1 Mark IV had been the perfect camera for me. However, in Norway I met the famous finnish nature photographer Marcus Varesvuo. I realized that he was shooting with 2 Bodies of the Canon EOS 1DX and he told me that he had sold his two “old” EOS 1 Mark IV because after the purchase of the new professional models he no longer took pictures with the EOS 1 Mark IV . The EOS 1 Mark IV he had originally intended to keep to use the “better” crop factor of 1.3. As he told me, this is of no importance for him anymore. The higher resolution of 18mpix would allow cropping in the final image very well and allow a significant improvement in noise performance recordings with the converters, which is not suitable with the EOS 1 Mark IV.
The first time I photographed with the 1DX myself, I have noticed not only the above mentioned improvements. The autofocus speed, a speed of 12 frames/ sec and the dynamic range were significantly better. After a short expedition for the Great Grey Owl in Continue reading Canon EOS 1 D X: an experience review