Great Blue Heron With The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS – ISO 100, Aperture f6.5, Shutter Speed 1/400, Focal Length 215mm

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS – ISO 800, Aperture f6.5, Shutter Speed 1/100, Focal Length 215mm

I talked about the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for photographing wildlife a couple of days ago and I got a lot of feedback from people interested in this camera. I decided to post a few more photos.

The weather has been great here in Arkansas so I decided to take this little camera out and photograph one of my favorite birds. It didn’t take long for me to spot a few Great Blue Herons feeding near the Arkansas River. These birds are very difficult to get close to in my area so a long lens is always a plus.

This camera can shoot in raw but I decided to start shooting in jpg. I was also shooting in P mode instead of manual or AV. I was also hand holding the camera while making these photos. The only thing I did during processing was a little sharpening in Lightroom.

I agree with Lillian Stokes when she states:

The camera has great ability just set on Smart Auto and people should have little problem photographing close, or relative close, birds in decent light. The harder part is hand holding the camera still when you are zoomed all the way, or a good part of the way, in on a bird.

To get good photos, use the camera in good light and keep it in the optical zoom range of 24-1200 mm. This camera does best in good light and photo quality diminishes in low light.

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  1. David March 8, 2013 at 6:07 am #


    Come to Sea Pines. You can walk right up to the Great Blue Herons and pretty much everything else. Thanks for the info. On this camera.

  2. Steve Creek March 8, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    David, it sounds like a great place!

  3. Cindy March 8, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Appreciate info on this camera & surely sympathize with heavy equipment woes..but I can see a marked difference, especially in the top photo..

  4. Steve Creek March 8, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    This camera doesn’t compare to my Mark 3 or 7D but it will do well for posting on this blog or on Facebook. The second photo is at 800 ISO and I still think it looks great on here.

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