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 Post subject: More feathers....
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:53 pm 
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I still haven't been nailing the exposure....but, once again, hopefully 'art by accident'?


She started with 7 chicks...but the owls were busy this spring.
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This little one was mesmerized by a bug flying around the bud on the right.
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Dad was demonstrating 'flex and stretch' to his fledglings.
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Mom and Dad waiting for the waves to die down so they could spot supper.
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Dad is about to share his find with the family---whether he wants to or not.
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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:26 pm 
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Good set, it is hard to get birds sharp. Do you use a tripod or hand held.

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
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Uou say these aren't 'nailed'? Well they look the biz to me. :clapping:

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:17 pm 
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Do you use a tripod or hand held.

All handheld, I'm afraid---and usually from quite a distance.
I do try to brace against a railing or tree or structure, if available....but it's not always possible to set up in time to get the shot.

My biggest problem is usually in getting the focus set in time.
I miss more 'spontaneous' shots because of 'focus lag' than for any other reason--seconded only by wrong shutter speed and/or wrong exposure compensation.


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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:47 am 
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What can I say. Tough subject and without a good tripod you're not making it any easier.

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:00 am 
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I agree, G.
I think every now and then my efforts to balance exposure with Shutter speed and/or Aperture (the modes I use most often) actually does capture a decent shot.
But, as mentioned, it's always a function of having to quickly figure out the appropriate settings (keeping in mind I'm still a rookie at this) followed by dealing with the camera's 'focus lag'----all the while hoping the subject will wait til I'm ready.
Sometimes they co-operate.
Mostly they don't.
Which explains why you only see one or two shots from the many hundreds taken.


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Which explains why you only see one or two shots from the many hundreds taken.

You are certainly not alone in that if I get 3 or 4 half decent shots from my 120 I'm quite pleased with myself. We are amatures that enjoy an interesting hobby.

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jaybee wrote:
Which explains why you only see one or two shots from the many hundreds taken.

You are certainly not alone in that if I get 3 or 4 half decent shots from my 120 I'm quite pleased with myself. We are amatures that enjoy an interesting hobby.


As you all know photo-ing birds is hard at the best of times and many shots must be taken in various conditions. In my case even with having a full 'birding rig' 500mm lens Pro Nikon cameras all on a heavy Series 5 Gitzo tripod my ratio if I was lucky was for 1 'keeper' per 100/150 shots. A friend and mentor who travels the world for National Geographic told me his is about 1 'keeper' per 1000. So believe me - we are not alone!
Now I've switched over to Leica I find hand holding a joy but am still developing a good hand-held technique and being me very fussy what I keep. :|

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:27 pm 
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Well now....
Look what I found----apparently taken later in the sequence of the almost identical but poorly exposed one posted earlier.
Either the owls hadn't gotten to a couple more of the chicks yet or I snapped the so-so shot too soon.


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That's the keeper. Excellent. :clapping:

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
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Thanks, G.
Now to figure out how---in the short time between shots--I somehow landed on better settings.


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kasapres wrote:
Thanks, G.
Now to figure out how---in the short time between shots--I somehow landed on better settings.


Little tip for ya! When shooting across water on a long lens setting shoot at +1 EV because the light reflecting off the water causes the meter to underexpose slightly.

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:46 am 
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Ahh...That makes sense.
Thank you, Gandalf.

I try to 'meter' on the object/subject---but given it's all 'handheld' (and especially when, as you mentioned, I'm going telescopic) there's little doubt I do shudder my way to other boundaries sometimes---hence the over-exposure in the first attempt, I'm guessin'.

Then again, sometimes I get lucky.
This moon shot was taken in the early evening---again, handheld(??) and telescopic---not long ago, in the midst of a medium gale and whilst standing on a steep hill. It's been cropped (due to the sadly-lacking composition of the original) but not otherwise edited.
Definitely not pin-sharp, by any means--but reasonably detailed, given the limited gear....and the jittery user holding it.
I am constantly amazed how a faster shutter (1/500) can compensate.

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
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Love the duck and babies one.


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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:21 am 
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kas Considering you have to shoot in jpg and this is taken hand held. The moon shot is very good indeed it doesn’t matter if it’s not pin sharp as atmospheric haze would make that difficult anyway. I myself would consider that a keeper if I had taken it Excellent man!

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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
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Ta.
Yup. I'll be keeping (and trying to best) that one.


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 Post subject: Re: More feathers....
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:34 pm 
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What can I say kas. 3 and 5 magnificent, as are the others of course. Brilliant.
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