Here you will find tips, techniques, tutorials, and news items from Prairie Rim Images, a photography studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, specializing in events, real estate, product, fine art, and candid photography by Ben Hollingsworth.
I'm blessed to live just a couple hours away from one of the great spectacles of nature: the migration of half a million Sandhill Cranes from their winter homes in Texas to their summer homes in Canada & Siberia. En route, these 4-foot-tall birds stop over along central Nebraska's Platte River for 5-6 weeks each spring to bulk up for the journey ahead. It's quite a sight, and one that people travel from all over the world to see. My family has been driving out to see it every year for a while now. Enjoying a profitable trip can be pretty hit & miss if you don't know what you're doing, so I wanted to give some pointers on getting the most from the experience.
Ever since I upgraded my Canon 70-300/4-5.6IS lens to the shorter, but faster, 70-200/2.8IS, I've missed the extra reach that the 300mm lens had. A teleconverter has been on my wish list ever since. With the Sandhill Crane and Bald Eagle photographing season approaching, I decided it was time to bite the bullet. Despite the impending birding outings, a 1.4x teleconverter seemed to be a more useful multiplier than 2x, so I bought a Kenko 1.4x PRO 300 from Amazon. I took a few test shots immediately after unboxing it, and wanted to share what I found.