The greatest test was Bruno's dream shot. Would the birds outperform his kit this time around? Having observed the Kentish plovers' behaviour all day, honing his technique to capture the split-second action, Bruno was ready. And, when the moment came, the speed of the bird was matched by the 30fps electronic shutter of the EOS R3
. "Thanks to the fast shutter and the incredible AF of the EOS R3
, I could focus on composition rather than technique," says Bruno. "I was blown away when I finally captured the magic moment – a male came directly towards me in wonderful sunset light, with the sand glittering all around it."
The ability to focus in light as low as -7.5 EV meant the EOS R3
was perfect for taking shots of the chicks late in the day, when most beachgoers had left. Bruno again used the Canon Extender RF 2x
with the Canon RF 600mm F4L IS USM
lens to effectively create a 1200mm f/8 lens – a real test of focusing power and accuracy in low light.
"I was amazed to see how well the image stabilisation and the AF of the EOS R3
performed in tracking the running chicks despite the low light conditions," he says. "The images at ISO6400 were super sharp."
All of Bruno's images were shot handheld, and the improved IS of up to 5.5 stops made for consistently blur-free images – and even steady video clips. "I took around 12,000 pictures on the day, and they were nearly all sharp. This gave me a nice problem: just so many images to choose from."
Many locals have an affection for the Kentish plover, and Bruno believes it can be a great ambassador for these threatened shoreline habitats. Working with local conservation groups, he is piecing together a book about the impact of human behaviour on the region's wildlife, and plans to exhibit his work on these scenic shores.