Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens Sample Pictures

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens Sample Pictures
Note: The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Lens has been replaced by the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens.
Black-capped Chickadee in the Sun Black-capped Chickadee in the Sun
A late afternoon winter sun casts a warm light on my cute little Black-capped Chickadee subject. The White Pine branch was clamped to a hanging feeder.
 
500mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 200
Blue Jay Picture Blue Jay Picture
A Blue Jay ruffles his feathers while sitting in the sun.
 
700mm  f/6.3  1/100s  ISO 100
Pronghorn Pronghorn
A male Pronghorn stands above the Sage Brush. Pronghorn are one of my favorite Yellowstone animals. They have a beautiful coloration. Pronghorn are often referred to as Pronghorn Antelope, but are not a member of the antelope family (Bovidae). Instead, it is the only species in its family (Antilocapridae). The Pronghorn is the 2nd fastest land animal after the Cheetah.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/500s  ISO 200
Squirrel Picture Squirrel Picture
A Gray Squirrel peers out of a hollow stump in the bright late afternoon sunshine.
 
700mm  f/6.3  1/320s  ISO 100
Black Bear 4 Black Bear 4
A Canadian Black Bear emerges from the thick trees feasting on ripe berries.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/200s  ISO 800
Bluebird Bluebird
This Eastern Bluebird is fending off another bird while holding its meal - a spider.
 
700mm  f/6.7  1/350s  ISO 400
Monster Mule Deer Buck Picture Monster Mule Deer Buck Picture
I found this big old monster Mule Deer buck in velvet feeding in a wooded valley early in the morning (very warm light). You will notice that the dimensions on this picture are larger than a single Canon 1Ds Mark II frame size. As I was slightly too close to the buck and did not have the flexibility of a zoom lens, I managed to get two shots that could later be stitched to add slightly more to the vertical dimension of this image.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 250
Black-Capped Chickadee Picture Black-Capped Chickadee Picture
A Black-Capped Chickadee perches in a classic pose in this picture.
 
700mm  f/5.6  1/180s  ISO 100
Huge Bull Elk Picture Huge Bull Elk Picture
A huge Pennsylvania Bull Elk is smelling a small tree he has been rubbing.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/250s  ISO 1250
Cardinal Picture Cardinal Picture
A Cardinal sits atop a dead tree in this bright sun-lit picture.
 
500mm  f/8  1/160s  ISO 100
Bull Moose Picture Bull Moose Picture
This bull Moose was feeding primarily on Fireweed as I stalked it in this Yellowstone valley. A good position for an animal portrait is broadside with the head somewhere between straight forward and looking your direction.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/200s  ISO 640
Muskrat Muskrat
The Muskrat in this picture is digging rocks out of the bottom of a creek and eating the plants off of them. It is unusual for Muskrats to be out in bright daylight, but this picture was taken in the early afternoon on a winter day.
 
700mm  f/6.7  1/125s  ISO 100
Half Moon Against Dark Blue Sky Picture Half Moon Against Dark Blue Sky Picture
A slightly greater than half moon glows against the blue early morning sky.
 
700mm  f/8  1/100s  ISO 250
Spirea in Bloom Picture Spirea in Bloom Picture
The Spirea becomes completely covered in white blooms at this time in the Spring.
 
500mm  f/5.6  1/200s  ISO 200
Pair of Blue Jays Picture Pair of Blue Jays Picture
Sometimes (not often) wild birds cooperate. Here, two Blue Jays landed on this dead tree at the same time - each looking a different direction. I needed a little more DOF (depth of field) to keep the top birds head in sharp focus.
 
700mm  f/6.3  1/160s  ISO 320
Bull and Cow Elk Picture Bull and Cow Elk Picture
A large 7x6 Rocky Mountain Elk watches over one of his cows.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/160s  ISO 800
Squirrel on Stump Picture Squirrel on Stump Picture
A flowering Spirea adds color to a Gray Squirrel sitting on a stump.
 
700mm  f/7.1  1/160s  ISO 100
Attentive Quarter Horse Picture Attentive Quarter Horse Picture
A short whistle brought this quarter horse to full attention. A 500mm lens at f/4 on a 1.3x body creates a nice green blur out of the pasture background.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/1250s  ISO 500
Common Loon Picture Common Loon Picture
A pair of Common Loons swim in a lake.
 
700mm  f/9  1/250s  ISO 250
Girl Playing Soccer Girl Playing Soccer
A young lady's pony tail flies in the air as she picks up an incoming ball.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/1600s  ISO 1600
Blue Jay on Dead Tree Picture Blue Jay on Dead Tree Picture
A Blue Jay pauses on his way to dinner. Distant trees create a backdrop of green.
 
500mm  f/5.6  1/320s  ISO 100
Supertelephoto Portrait Supertelephoto Portrait
A pretty lady is naturally-lit using a large doorway for soft directional lighting. A supertelephoto lens compresses facial features.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/200s  ISO 200
Fuzzy Mule Deer Buck Picture Fuzzy Mule Deer Buck Picture
A young Mule Deer buck appears very fuzzy in his late summer velvet antlers and shedding summer coat of hair.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 200
Black Bear on the Edge Picture Black Bear on the Edge Picture
This Black bear is both on the edge of a sandy hill and on on the edge of his temper. It is about to fight another bear. Unfortunately the fight occurred over the edge and out of sight.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/200s  ISO 800
Pennsylvania Rocky Mountain Elk Picture Pennsylvania Rocky Mountain Elk Picture
A Pennsylvania Rocky Mountain Elk feeds in a field late into this fall day.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/400s  ISO 640
Bison Grunting Close-up Picture Bison Grunting Close-up Picture
Yes, I was in an SUV for this close-up. Bison are noisy with their deep grunts. This bull was tending a cow in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park. At times, herds of these massive animals could number 800 (only a guess) or more and could be seen as far as the valley was visible.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/160s  ISO 400
Moose Picture Moose Picture
A young bull moose stands at the edge of a Maine lake. It is amazing how such a large animal can blend into its surroundings.
 
500mm  f/4  1/400s  ISO 800
Huge Mule Deer Buck in Velvet Huge Mule Deer Buck in Velvet
The alert Mule Deer buck is sporting a huge set of still-in-velvet antlers. This shot was taken just after sunrise - a time when the sunlight is very warm colored.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 250
Supertelephoto Flower Picture Supertelephoto Flower Picture
A supertelephoto lens creates a diffuse background blur in this flower picture.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/160s  ISO 200
Soccer Action 6 Soccer Action 6
Blue successfully defends the ball against the red team.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/4000s  ISO 320
Loon Picture Loon Picture
A Common Loon in a classic pose.
 
700mm  f/8  1/320s  ISO 250
That's a Foul That's a Foul
Soccer is a physical sport, but I have not heard that holding is yet allowed. I'll have to hunt down the ref.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/2000s  ISO 200
Huge Pennsylvania Bull Elk Picture Huge Pennsylvania Bull Elk Picture
A huge Pennsylvania bull elk passes by the edge of some hardwoods.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/250s  ISO 320
Quarter Horse Foal Picture Quarter Horse Foal Picture
This young Quarter Horse foal is shedding its baby hair. Along with the hair shed can come a completely new hair color. After shedding a brown and black coat, this foal's new color appears to be solid black.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/80s  ISO 500
Mother Grizzly Bear and Four Cubs Mother Grizzly Bear and Four Cubs
There are few animals more dangerous than a mother Grizzly Bears with cubs. Lots of focal length is really helpful for safety reasons when not in the protection of a vehicle. In this case I added a 1.4x extender and still cropped to get this framing. My understanding is that it is rare for a Grizzly to have four cubs. This family was at Dunraven Pass.
 
700mm  f/8.0  1/500s  ISO 400
Black Bear Over Sandy Hill Picture Black Bear Over Sandy Hill Picture
A Black Bear walks along the edge of a sandy hill.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/200s  ISO 800
Hunting Coyote Picture Hunting Coyote Picture
This Coyote was hunting in the marsh in the early morning sunlight. It was amazing how little cover it needed to be completely hidden.
 
500mm  f/5.0  1/640s  ISO 100
Mule Deer Fawn Picture Mule Deer Fawn Picture
A Mule Deer fawn steps into a sunlit opening in the forest of Yellowstone National Park. I didn't need a shutter speed this high and could have reduced my ISO setting for even slightly better image quality. But, it had been raining moments before making the forest much darker.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/1000s  ISO 400
Bighorn Sheep Ewe and Lamb Bighorn Sheep Ewe and Lamb
A Bighorn Sheep ewe watches over her young lamb. This shot was taken handheld in a light rain. Getting a decent composition was challenging as there were a lot of obstructions between us.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/500s  ISO 400
Large Mule Deer Buck Large Mule Deer Buck
A very large Mule Deer buck tests the wind as the early morning sunlight reaches him through the woods.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 200
Bison Calf, Yellowstone National Park Bison Calf, Yellowstone National Park
This Bison calf is feeding under the close watch of its mother this early morning.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/250s  ISO 200
Alert Pronghorn Picture Alert Pronghorn Picture
A Pronghorn watches for signs of danger. He is also watching his harem that has moved on without him.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/500s  ISO 200
Bighorn Sheep in Woods Bighorn Sheep in Woods
A Bighorn Sheep ewe watches for danger from an open but wooded area.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/250s  ISO 200
Loose Ball Picture Loose Ball Picture
Opponents race for control of the soccer ball.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/2000s  ISO 200
Mule Deer Buck Eating Fireweed Mule Deer Buck Eating Fireweed
Fireweed is a favorite food of the Mule Deer in Yellowstone National Park. This velvet-antlered buck is enjoying an early morning breakfast.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 200
Hot Springs by Yellowstone River Hot Springs by Yellowstone River
Steam rises from thermal features along the Yellowstone River. The early morning haze causes a layered look to the mountains.
 
500mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 100
Bison Drinking Picture Bison Drinking Picture
A Hayden Valley Bison licks its lips after drinking from the Yellowstone River.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 100
Female Pronghorn Picture Female Pronghorn Picture
A female Pronghorn seems surprised to see a big white Canon Lens pointed at her. It looks like she wants to tell me something (see picture below).
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/320s  ISO 200
The Race is On Picture The Race is On Picture
A soccer player breaks away with the ball and races toward the goal.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/2000s  ISO 200
Baby Mule Deer Picture Baby Mule Deer Picture
A baby Mule Deer stands in a grassy clearing. It was lightly raining when this shot was taken - which yielded a soft light.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/320s  ISO 800
Bull Moose Portrait Bull Moose Portrait
A bull Moose keeps watch while feeding in this Yellowstone valley.
 
500mm  f/4.5  1/200s  ISO 640
Bighorn Sheep Ram and Ewe Bighorn Sheep Ram and Ewe
A young Bighorn Sheep ram follows a Bighorn ewe up the mountain after drinking in a stream below. The rocks and steep mountains are very characteristic sheep habitat. They were finding plants to eat as they moved upwards.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/320s  ISO 200
Yellowstone Elk Yellowstone Elk
A pair of cow Yellowstone Elk stand alert in the early morning sunlight. Finding animals in Yellowstone (and most other places) is easiest early and late in the day.
 
500mm  f/4.0  1/250s  ISO 100
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