Spring is arriving here in London and feeling of positive new beginnings to the year is filling the air – unless you are at Pens Pond in Richmond Park. Feels more like a rough neigbourhood where daily beatings are the norm.

Here are a series of images taken over a couple of days documenting the violence.

Round One – Moorhens

 

Round Two – Coots

 

Round Three – Egyptian Geese

 

Round Four – Egyptian Geese

 

These where shot with the Nikon D500 and AF-S 400mm f/2.8G VR.
Having 10fps helps to capture the fast action and the cameras almost unlimited buffer is invaluable. With a fast memory card it can buffer 200 shots, then wait a second and you can continue for another 200.

Getting every frame in sharp fucus is not really possible with so much water spray and erratic movement, but I think the camera and lens has held up really well.
The “Round Four” series was shot at 800mm (AF-S TC20  attached) and it is difficult to keep the subject in frame at such a narrow viewing angle.

I kept the shutter speed at 1/2000 – 1/2500 and used auto-iso for the exposure. The lens was always wide open at f/2.8 – f/5.6 depending on the TC attached.

 

 

 

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