Canon EF 1.4x II Extender Sample Pictures

Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
Black-Capped Chickadee 5 Black-Capped Chickadee 5

A Black-Capped Chickadee stands on a piece of dead wood in this picture.

840mm  f/8  1/160s  ISO 100
White-Breasted Nuthatch 2 White-Breasted Nuthatch 2

A White-Breasted Nuthatch in a classic pose.

840mm  f/6.3  1/160s  ISO 200
Groundhog Picture Groundhog Picture

A Pennsylvania Groundhog senses danger in this picture.

420mm  f/5.6  1/125s  ISO 100
The Big Kick Picture The Big Kick Picture

The ball leaves the foot of a young lady putting everything she has into the big kick. A 1.4x extender was used for this shot.

280mm  f/2.8  1/3200s  ISO 125
Opossum Picture Opossum Picture

This Pennsylvania Opposum (not to be confused with the related but different Austrailian Possum) was venturing out of hibernation in search of some early spring food. Opposums are generally slow and not hard to catch up to - but watch out for those teeth!

150mm  f/5.6  1/350s  ISO 100
Bluebird Bluebird

This Eastern Bluebird is fending off another bird while holding its meal - a spider.

700mm  f/6.7  1/350s  ISO 400
Opossum Opossum

Cute wiskers! And what a nice long pink nose this Opossum is sporting! Thin leathery ears, a soft fuzzy face and thick winter fur. This Opossum was a compliant subject.

140mm  f/4.5  1/180s  ISO 100
Dark-Eyed Junco 5 Dark-Eyed Junco 5

This Dark-Eyed (Slate-Colored) Junco, with his feathers ruffled, sits on a frozen Butterfly Bush as the snow falls around him.

280mm  f/4.0  1/45s  ISO 100
Lunar Eclipse 2 Lunar Eclipse 2

420mm  f/8.0  1/180s  ISO 100
Tufted Titmouse 3 Tufted Titmouse 3

A beautiful Tufted Titmouse stands atop a dead tree.

840mm  f/7.1  1/160s  ISO 200
Blue Angels in Precision Double Farvel Formation Blue Angels in Precision Double Farvel Formation

Two upside down, two right side up. Impressive precision flying by the US Navy's Blue Angels.
Air show photography tip: Because many of these passes are made at low elevation, it is extremely helpful to have a front row (against the fence) shooting position. In this location, you will not have heads in your way as you swing with the action.

260mm  f/6.3  1/1600s  ISO 400
Moon Picture Moon Picture

420mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 100
White-Breasted Nuthatch Picture White-Breasted Nuthatch Picture

420mm  f/5.6  1/125s  ISO 200
Blue Angels in Diamond Formation Blue Angels in Diamond Formation

The US Navy Blue Angels fly in a tight diamond formation over Andrews AFB.
Air show photography tip: Jets fly fast and have no fast-moving visible parts (such as a propeller), so use a fast shutter speed to get sharp shots. Try to shoot at 1/1000 sec or faster and always pan with the aircraft.
Or get creative - try a panning motion-blur shot to show speed.
Notice the clouds framing the diamond formation.

175mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly Picture Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly Picture

This Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly had the patience and tolerance I needed to capture the shot. Extension tubes (12mm + 25mm) and a 1.4x extender were used to get the desired magnification and defocused background.

420mm  f/7.1  1/160s  ISO 160
Tree Sparrow 2 Tree Sparrow 2

420mm  f/5.6  1/125s  ISO 200
Sharp-Shinned Hawk Picture Sharp-Shinned Hawk Picture

This Sharp-shinned Hawk made an attack on the birds I was photographing. He appropriately perched on a Blue Bird Box nearby after the failed attack.

840mm  f/7.1  1/100s  ISO 200
Flower Closeup Picture Flower Closeup Picture

Listen up guys! Want to make the spouse happy AND get a great subject? Bring flowers home with you.
This sample photo was taken at near the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens' minimum focus distance. A Canon EF 1.4x Extender was used for this full frame shot - an APS-C/1.6x DSLR would be able frame this shot even slightly tighter than this.
Lighting is from studio lights and reflectors.

280mm  f/4.0  1/160s  ISO 100
White-Throated Sparrow Picture White-Throated Sparrow Picture

420mm  f/5.6  1/125s  ISO 200
Pennsylvania Whitetail Pennsylvania Whitetail

280mm  f/4.5  1/180s  ISO 100
Cardinal 4 Cardinal 4

A beautiful male Cardinal sits in a Thornapple Tree during a winter snow storm. The bright red of the Cardinal stands out in stark contrast to the white falling snow in this picture.

420mm  f/5.6  1/180s  ISO 200
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
Black-Capped Chickadee Launching Black-Capped Chickadee Launching

A Black-Capped Chickadee that didn't sit still long enough makes an artistically designed picture.

840mm  f/8  1/160s  ISO 100
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
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
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
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
Monarch Butterfly Picture Monarch Butterfly Picture

A beautiful Monarch Butterfly enjoys dinner on a Zinnia flower. Extension tubes (12mm + 25mm) and a 1.4x extender were used to get the desired magnification and defocused background.

420mm  f/8  1/160s  ISO 125
US Navy's Blue Angels US Navy's Blue Angels

The United States Navy's aerobatic flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, performs the Diamond 360 at the Andrews Airforce Base Joint Services Open House. In this formation, the wing tips are 18" from the canopies.
Air show photography tip: Because of the distance air show craft are typically performing at, even the widest apertures on most handholdable telephoto lenses will provide enough DOF to deliver an all-in-focus subject. More important may be to stop down the aperture enough to eliminate any vignetting that will be noticeable on an evenly-colored sky.

280mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320
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
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