Z 9 / Z600f4 TC / Panning Plate and Frisbee hit the beach

There are two aspects of wildlife photography we constantly strive to accomplish, image size and controlling the background. Shorebirds are small little dudes and when we walk up to them, we must seem like monsters. One reason they tend to head in the other direction. At the same time, these little brown jobs blend in pretty darn well with the background. Go figure. There is a simple yet for some, scary way to get past these two barriers and that’s just getting down on their level. It’s not that we are hidden when we lay on the sand, I honestly feel the birds just think we can’t be dangerous if we’re willing to lay on the sand. Often, they get so close you can’t focus on them. At the same time getting down at their level makes the sand detail disappear so the birds pop! The Panning Plate keeps the Z 9 / Z600f4 TC perfectly stable on the sand. The Frisbee makes it simpler to slide the rig around on the sand. With shorebirds putting on their spring plumage, nows is the time to give this great technique a workout. Spring time is hitting the sand time!

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