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#21 Riverrunner

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:29 PM

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These aren't that great but it was one of the first times I used my new (at the time) 70-200 lens.  Probably would have been better if I knew what I know now back then.  The last one is my favorites tho.   The fish are Kokanee.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:50 PM

Looks good Riverrunner.  I think the 70-200 focus looks good, but shutter speed could go up.  I shoot minimum 1/1000th, and in good light will get 1/1600 or better.   It really helped my BIF shots when I upper the shutter speed.


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#23 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:39 PM

I agree with Andy...  Higher shutter speeds.   I shoot aperture priority, spot focus, and usually wide open for any lens f4 or slower.   I also shoot continuous high, in bursts of 3-4 images.

 

Where were the eagle shots taken?  Looks like either Detroit Lake, or maybe Merwin...

 

American Wigeon - Ridgefield, Washington

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

Those were taken up at Green Peter Res. We usually spend a few days a year up there camping on the boat and fishing.

 

Just goes to show how much of a hack I am... ;)  I was disappointed that I didn't have the shutter speed right.  Thanks for the advice guys I really appreciate it.  

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:08 PM

Rich, When using aperture priority, you can use ISO to keep the shutter speed up. I' don't know what body your shooting, but with most, you can go up to ISO 800 without introducing too much noise. Best is always the native ISO, but it takes good light to use it. Noise reduction software can mitigate some of problems.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:26 AM

Those photo's were taken with a Canon 40D and 70-200 f4 L. I have since upgraded a step to a 50D.  I typically set my shutter speed (shutter priority?), ISO around 100 - 400 depending on the light,  and let the camera do the aperture. In my experimenting, I get much better results this way.  But again I'm far from an expert. The 40D got pretty noisy at 800 ISO but the 50D is better.  What I'm hearing is I need to get outside more, work with my gear, and step outside my box.  The lighting was pretty good I just goofed on the shutter and was lucky I got the few ok ones I did.  Heck, I'm just now using a tripod!  

 

Anyway back to posting photos! Thanks again. :) 


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:25 AM

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#28 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:07 AM

Park, that is sweet! Nice image!
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:08 AM

Nice silhouettes, Park!

 

Riverrunner:  You are on the right path.  I love the 70-200 f4, and swear I can recognize the wonderful color and pop of that lens.

My custom setting:  C1 on my 7D is 1/1000s, f5.6 (max for my 400mm), and iso 400.   If I can kick up the shutter speed in good light, I do it with the control wheel right by the shutter button.  

 

Your 50D has options for C1 and C2.  Just figure out your best wildlife/birding settings and set them up, then use the menu to 'register the settings'.  Voila! A quick twist of the knob and you are dialed in.   I find this to be pretty handy when an opportunity presents itself and I have a short amount of time to react.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:23 AM

Park, that is sweet! Nice image!

Thanks......

 

Taken with a Nikon D7100 - Sigma 150-500 MM lens.  Enjoying all the other pics.  I never tire of looking at wildlife pics.


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