I just took this shot this afternoon with my new lens (Sigma 150-600 mm C). I had been admiring so many peoples’ shots with that lens, that with a nice sale price, I decided to give it a try. I had been sticking with nothing but Canon L lens, but saw how others were doing with the Sigma, so made the leap. I’m liking the lens so far, and able to manage handheld with no problem. Comments and suggestions welcome.

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Canon 7D II, Sigma 150-600 mm at 562 mm, handheld. Settings at manual except ISO (auto), f8, 1/1250, ISO 400. Edited in LR (slight crop for composition), and Topaz.

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A nice image with good detail. I like the pose and the eye looks sharp and clear. I think that if you want the reach of 600mm, this lens gives you the most bang for your buck (though Tamron has a similar lens I’ve heard is just as good). One thought might be to remove the branch coming out of the right shoulder and maybe the OOF branch above the head, and maybe even the branch coming off the right side. Oh, it looks as if you had some nice light.

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Gorgeous light, Shirley, and I love the way the foliage frames the bird. The light in the eye is especially appealing.

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