Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 4 – Wildlife with the Nikon 300mm f/4 Lens, Sea and Sand with the 28mm f/1.8G Lens
One of the prime aspects of Kangaroo Island is of course the wildlife and it is very abundant all over the island. It is wonderful to see the Sea Lions entering and leaving the surf and also to see them swimming around in the ocean. For this type of photography a long lens is required and again my 300mm, f/4 lens came into play, to capture the Sea Lions in their natural environment.
Bird life is also very abundant at Kangaroo Island and I was very fortunate to see the following pair of Sooty Oystercatchers at Bayles Beach, near Seal Bay. It is generally quite difficult to get close enough to birds such as these with the 300mm, f/4 lens, but if you use some stealth techniques by slowly approaching them it is quite possible to get close enough for a nice image.
In addition to the wildlife Kangaroo Island is also well known for landscape and seascape photography.
One of the lesser known spots for excellent landscapes on Kangaroo Island, is at the Little Saraha, this is an area not far from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay. It is a large area of beautiful sand dunes and is a wonderful spot in the early morning light or late afternoon. At this location I used mostly my 28mm, f/1.8 and 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens to capture the aspects of this area. The image below is from the 28mm wide angle lens. I really like using this lens for wide expansive landscapes.
I really loved the seascapes from Bayles Beach. It is an excellent spot. In capturing seascapes, sometimes it is good to get in very close and capture items such as seaweed and shells etc. The seaweed in the following image has been captured here with my 28mm f/1.8 lens.
Wide expansive seascapes generally make great images and I love the 28mm lens for these shots.
The above image was captured with the 28mm lens at 2.5 seconds exposure time, with an aperture of f/16 at ISO800. A tripod and remote control was used with a 10-stop, Lee Big Stopper filter to enable a longer exposure time.
The equipment I currently use for my photography is as follows:
I really like some of the Hejnar Photo brackets and equipment; it is top shelf equipment from my experience and I have used the following from them:
- Camera L-Brackets
- Multipurpose Rails, suitable for nodal rails and flash brackets.
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