Jeffrey Pawlan  

Lilac Breasted Roller by Jeffrey Pawlan

July 2021 - Lilac Breasted Roller

July 2021 - Jeffrey Pawlan


About the Image(s)

Nikon D5 body
Nikon 180-400 f/4 lens + 1.4 TC = 550mm
settings f/8 1/1600sec ISO 1000
taken in Kenya in 2019

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4 comments posted

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Jeffery. Looking at the original, it is quite impressive to me that you were able to draw out such vibrant colors. Well done on that. I've had a chance to take photos of European Rollers where I live and in my studies I have learned that they like bare branches and areas that give them a view. I have found that this can make it difficult at times to get sharp focus. You have done quite a solid job with this image. Were you using a tripod or was this handheld?   Posted: 07/05/2021 12:19:56

Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
I was in a special land rover in Kenya that had a solid roof with a hatch in the middle of the roof. When we were stopped I could stand up with my head, shoulders, and arms above the roof. I put several sandbags on the roof. If I was shooting horizontally I could lay my heavy camera and lens on the stack of sandbags. For most bird photos I had to point in an upward elevation. So I would rest my left elbow on one sandbag as a brace and use my left hand to hold up the lens and camera.

Clearly it would be very dangerous to get out of a vehicle in the open areas in Africa and set up a tripod. You would have no protection from hungry predators and your eye would be looking into the camera.
  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:28:35
Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hahaha I forgot to include the hungry predators into the experience. I sometimes do something similar when I go out. I have a bean bag built to fit my FJ Cruiser windows.   Posted: 07/08/2021 12:29:55

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Of the many meanings of photography, your photo, Jeffrey, evoked a strong reaction in me. I had booked a trip to Tanzania with our 2 sons last September, and then life changed for all of us. Your Roller is one of the birds I'd encountered while studying my bird guide books which shook my belief that such birds really exist. And I share Steve's surprise that you could retrieve such well defined plumage with such a strong crop. Well done!   Posted: 07/05/2021 15:26:32