Wildlife in Prague

Last week I had a chance to join my friend on her wildlife photo hunt. We visited a recently revitalized area in Prague near stram Rokytka, artificial lake Pískovna, then chateau park Dolní Počernice and in the end we visited area near Blatovský stream in Klánovice. As I own only 80-200mm telelens, which is awfully short for the real wildlife, I tried using 2x teleconvertor. This setup worked for me fine for zoo “wildlife”. Well, I was quite disappointed with the results now. The photos were very soft and the details not clear. So I put it away and took photos only with the lens. I also took this opportunity to try out auto-iso setting.

I know these photos are far from perfect but I was quite happy how they turned out, given the gear I had.

(I will also fill in the missing species names later)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

(Shutter Speed: 1/640 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 200)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

(Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 270.0, ISO 200)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

(Shutter Speed: 1/320 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 200)

Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 450)

Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 400)

Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). This photo is almost 100% crop of the original file.

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 450)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 360)

Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 400.0, ISO 720)

Great tit (Parus major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/4.5, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/4.0, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)


(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/4.5, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1600 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1250 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)

(Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Mallard ducklings(Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/500 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/640 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/400 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds, Aperture: F/2.8, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1250 seconds, Aperture: F/2.8, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Airbus A380 taking of on its flight to Dubai

(Shutter Speed: 1/8000 seconds, Aperture: F/2.8, Focal Length: 80.0, ISO 200)

And now, for comparison, several photos with 150-600mm Sigma telelens. My friend was so kind to lend her camera with that lens to me several times so I could try it out.


(Shutter Speed: 1/2000 seconds, Aperture: F/6.3, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/500 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/3200 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)


(Shutter Speed: 1/3200 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

(Shutter Speed: 1/3200 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 600.0, ISO 800)

Garden Jewels

During past weekend I planned to try out a combination of tele lens and macro extension tubes. With this combination the depth of field is still very shallow but it is not one or two centimeters away from the front lens but comfortable ten to twenty centimeters (approximately) away. And while we were going to our cottage I had great chance to try it out.
Even though the garden seemed to be without flowers all I had to do was to take a closer look and suddenly tha garden was full of colourful flowers. Daisies, speedwells, blue and pink forget-me-not, heather are all tiny flowers that are like jewels hidden in grass.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/125 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 135.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/80 seconds, Aperture: F/4.5, Focal Length: 112.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/80 seconds, Aperture: F/4.5, Focal Length: 135.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/250 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 145.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/80 seconds, Aperture: F/4.5, Focal Length: 125.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 125.0, ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/125 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 145.0, ISO 200)

Here I tried focus stacking technique – focusing on different parts of the main subject and then in post processing combining them together to create image where the main subject is fully focused and the rest is not.
Vres a broucek
(Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds, Aperture: F/5.0, Focal Length: 155.0, ISO 200)

One more attempt at focus stacking:
Modry rozrazil
(Shutter Speed: 1/60 seconds, Aperture: F/4.0, Focal Length: 100.0, ISO 200)

And we finally saw who has eaten all the seeds
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(Shutter Speed: 1/800 seconds, Aperture: F/2.8, Focal Length: 200.0, ISO 200)

Spring Photos

The spring finally came to the Central Europe few weeks ago. During one weekend I went to our cottage which is near Prague and I took some photos here. Have a look at them and enjoy 🙂

The sweet mock-orange (Philadelphus coronarius) in the garden’s corner is a great object to photograph as the wind almost never moves with the branches and leaves.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second; Aperture: F/16; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/640 second; Aperture: F/13; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/640 second; Aperture: F/5,6; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 200)

Bellflower with some daisies in the background.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1600 second; Aperture: F/5,6; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 400)

I also tried taking photos of patterns.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/250 second; Aperture: F/5,6; Focal Length: 45 mm; ISO 400)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/2000 second; Aperture: F/5,6; Focal Length: 16 mm; ISO 400)