Over Christmas break I rented the Fuji 70-300 (FUJIFILM XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens) to explore using it for bird photography, a new area for me. It worked well, I found it to be a bit slow and not sharp unless using a tripod, but it worked well for my first experience.
As all rentals go, I had to send it back, but shortly after that my new telescope arrived, the Astrotech AT80EDT. It’s awesome for bird photography, I’m lucky that it can sit on the tripod and point at a popular tree right out my office window.
All photos taken with my Fuji Xt2.
We’ve had a Baltimore Oriole for the past 2 months, quite rare in Chesapeake, VA. And this little yellow rumped warbler has been a frequent visitor for a while now.
Well we liked it so much we went back to Lovingston in November. The skies were clear only one night, but they were perfect. Low 30s and low humidity made for great seeing and great photography. I used my Skywatcher Star Adventurer Pro 2i for all of these. Fuji Xt2 with either the samyang 12mm f/2 or Fujinon 35mm F2 WR.
We spent a few days in the Lovingston area of Central VA this week. I had a chance to test out my new Skywatcher Pro tracker, and it worked perfectly. Unfortuantely the skies didn’t cooperate, battling clouds and heavy humidity meant for not-ideal photos, but it was still nice to get used to the setup.
I don’t have a telephoto lens, but I’ve always wanted to explore bird photography. Luckily I have a backyard with a bird feeder that gets a lot of traffic…and a tripod. So I set up my Fuji XT-2 with the 35mm lens on a tripod about 2 feet away from the bird feeder. The Fujifilm Android app lets me look through the viewfinder remotely and snap photos (as well as edit settings like ISO and shutter speed) so it worked out great!