Collin J Örthner – Photographer

May 7, 2012

Not Black-Necked Stilts!

Filed under: Birds, E-M5, m4/3, Nature — collin j örthner @ 1:31 pm

I know the Black-Necked Stilts are there because I saw one as I was leaving the other day, but it was impossible to get an image as it was almost dark already. A good friend of mine caught them in good light the other day and talking with other birders, they are telling me that they are seeing them too. I just happen to get out when they aren’t around. Last evening I spent a couple of hours waiting patiently, but to no avail. It’s OK too, as I really just enjoy getting out and watching whatever happens to be there anyway. This past week our ball-team had it’s first game and I had a hard collision in the outfield(didn’t call the fly-ball!!!) that did some damage to my ribs making it very difficult moving around so I only took the little E-M5 and the Tamron 500mm lens as the big Canon 800mm was just too difficult for me to manoeuvre. I managed to get a few decent images and I hope you enjoy!

I am not completely crazy about the bokeh I get from the mirror lens. I may look for a similar focal length from maybe Canon or Nikon. Something like the Canon FD 400mm f/4.5. I would love to see Olympus come out with a 350-400mm telephoto, maybe f/3.5-f/4.5 and also a small 1.4x converter for this kind of shooting.  Obviously my keeper ratio would go up with AF as well!

It was getting rather dark and the sky was still glowing pink and orange to the west and the Red-Winged and Yellow-Headed Blackbirds were still very active, so I stuck around for a bit and got a couple images which I wouldn’t consider “fine art”, but they do show the birds in their habitat nicely as opposed to a close-up portrait. I ended up using ISO 1250 at 1/60 sec, which really is going a bit far for this focal length of lens.



  1. I really loved the shots you got. We have the red winged black birds too I enjoyed them. You really did a nice job with your photos 🙂

    Comment by Seasonsgirl — May 7, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    • Thanks for the comments! Where are you at?

      Comment by collin orthner — May 7, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

      • In upper VA.

        Comment by Seasonsgirl — May 7, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      • So you’ve had spring for awhile already! It was a lot of fun watching the Yellow-Headed and Red-Winged chase each other around last night. Thanks for stopping by.

        Comment by collin orthner — May 7, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

      • I enjoyed those photos 🙂

        Comment by Seasonsgirl — May 7, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  2. These are really excellent a great accolade to your skills & patience as well as the EM5 which is proving to be very versatile.

    Comment by jerryhughes — May 12, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    • Thanks for the kind words jerryhughes, much appreciated. Yes, the E-M5 is certainly proving itself.

      Comment by collin orthner — May 14, 2012 @ 3:44 am

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