My friend Jill uses hers all the time and takes extraordinary pictures of dogs for her own enjoyment and also for her business, PoeticGold Farm.
This morning, instead of setting up a remote-shutter system to take pictures of skittish Goldfinches, I shot some braver birds, these Black-capped Chickadees.
They're brave little guys, more likely to chide you and hop from branch to branch than they are to hide in a nearby bush and wait for you to leave. In fact, in almost three quarters of the pictures I took this morning, the Chickadee is keeping a careful eye on me.
And they were very helpful in offering me an opportunity to practice my quick frame-and-focus skills with the new lens.