Muuuh Wildlife Tales

Restlessness in the Nursery

I learned that it makes no sense recording handheld a video with the Nikon Z6. With this thought in mind, I figured out how I can take the tripod and video camera head with me on my bike. On my next excursion, the first thing I was able to achieve is to record a 30 sec clip of Canada Goose chicks, handheld!

Canada Goose Chick

Camera: Nikon Z6
Lense: Nikkor 300mm f/4
Exposure Time: 1/320
Focal Length: 300mm
F Number: f/5.6
ISO: 160

How did I achieve it? To keep the camera stable, I use the Nikon Z6 with the 300mm Prime f4 lens, I sit on the ground placing the camera in front of me on the crossed legs and flip up the screen to compose the shot. In this position, I am able to stabilize the camera while still having some flexibility following the subject.

Restlessness in the Nursery [YouTube, 0:35]

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Later, I continued recording using the tripod which I brought with me that day but I found it amusing that in spite of all my previously failed attempts and my firm conclusion to stop trying handheld, with the first next opportunity, I got some decent recordings handhold.

Anyway. I also learned to check the battery on my Rode NTG-2 microphone before leaving the house. I prefer the Rode NTG-2 over the internal microphone due to the possibility to capture the directional sound from the subject. When I am not sure if recording is working, I use to speak to the microphone during a short recording and then listen in the re-play with the headphones.

Montreal, 5/17/2020