Up Close and Personal
Today's photo is not very good from a technical standpoint, the subjects are not in the brightest part of the scene for one thing, and they aren't perfectly sharp either. I wasn't expecting to get technically great photos, since it was around noon on a clear summer day. In retrospect I should have used the built in flash of the GF2 for fill light.
The mallards in the photo were a lot closer than they appear to be. The closest two birds were less than a foot in front of me, and I was actually a little concerned that they might peck at the front element of the lens! One of the features of the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 is that it focuses as close as 18cm, and you can see in the photo above why that can be a fun feature to have. I used to think that wide angle lenses were not very useful for bird photography, I guess I proved myself wrong on that. Next time I just need to use better technique.