Fulmarus glacialis


The first image was taken on the Little Orme in Conwy.

The second was taken at the Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve. I planned the trip to the reserve well in advance and hired the Canon EF 600mm F/4L lens for the day. It is an incredible lens. At the time of writing, Canon is selling the latest version at over £13,000. I was telling myself at the time that if I liked the lens, I would find a way to buy one. I did like it, very much, but I didn’t buy it.

I used the lens to get some images of Gannets that I’m quite proud of, but in the case of this Fulmar, which didn’t hang around for very long, I think I would have produced a better image with my trusty old Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L. The bird was too close for the 600mm.

One downside of using the 600mm lens is the amount of attention it attracts. Those who knew a thing or two about photography recognised it, and those that didn’t assumed I must be on official/professional business. Either way, I spent quite a bit of time fielding questions, which was a bit distracting.

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