Hi all I've been trying to figure out how to get decent dof from ground level shooting wildlife, any advice from an experience photographer would help
I shoot with a 300mm f4 af-s with 1.4 tc since a couple months.. , I most of the times shoot at f5.6 to get faster shutter speed low iso and to isolate my subject better or keep distracting background off,
But this winter when I was shooting otters coming out of holes on the ice I've noticed that at f/5.6 when I had the otter eyes perfectly in focus sometimes the nose wasnt or is legs and when I had is legs and nose in focus the eyes werent... I know that telephoto have a very shallow depth of field but thats shallower than shallower .
I've tried to correct myself since then but even when I carnk my fstops to 8 or 11... it doesnt do much difference..
This afternoon I was shooting loons from ground level when i've noticed than both loons were going to be close together ( ive crank up my iso ) and put my f/stops to f/11 to make sure the two were going to be in focus ....
both loons got practicaly beek to beek (forming a hearth) ...but one loon head was a couple inches further (maybe 2 or 3 max ) from the other one.
Well I screwd up again.... one loon ( the one closer (the one that I've focused on )) was perfectly sharp while the other wasnt in perfect focus.
and in extra I got the distracting background more visible
I should have just let it at f5.6
Its been a recurring theme for me when there is many animals and I try to get them all or isolate 2 in focus !!
I've tried not to crank it to f16 or f22 since people say it cause diffraction especially since I have a crop sensor and try not to boost my iso more than 1000.
And I think it wouldnt do much since (at ground level) changing from f 5.6 to f11 dont do much difference ( maybe an inch)
People tell me that teleconverter makes that problem (really shallow dof) worst
but I dont have the money to buy a 500mm or more
somebody has a tip ? it would be really appreciated
I love shooting wildlife but not being able to shoot more than one subject at a time even when they are almost exactly at the same distance from me is such a let down ....
ther must be a way to makes things better
... how do you guys cope with that I need help from experienced photographer I've read many many , articles on dof and telephoto ... but none was adressing THIS particular problem!
thank you very much