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#1 MrWild

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

9 banded armadillo came out of brush to get a whiff of my bug replant, little did he know that I was waiting for him 8 feet away :-)  

Nikon D500 200-500 f/5.6

 

1/1250 sec at f/5.6 200mm ISO 5600 :blink:   I did not know how fast he was going to be moving. I only 4 shots of him at high speed 

 

Female cardinal - spent a few minutes following her around 

 

Nikon D500 200-500 f/5.6 with GHB-1 Gimbal head :wub:  on Oben Monopod 

1/50 Sec at f5.6 500mm ISO 900 

 

 

 

 

Is there a way I can get rid of the leaf in the foreground on the cardinal ?   

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 09:45 PM

Thats how its done!  Very nice!  Maybe crop just a bit tighter on the cardinal if the resolution can afford it.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 12:04 AM

Couple of great pics, first one is favourite as I have never seen a pic of an Armadillo posted here... Nice work indeed. 


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 04:06 AM

Nice Edward!  It may sound stupid, but I really like the tone of the greens - not super bright.  The images feel comfortable to me.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 05:03 AM

Great shots!


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 06:35 AM

Very nice. Sharp with good detail. I might crop the tree out of the right side in the cardinal shot. 1/50 is slow for even a stationary bird. They are moving slightly and so are you. Ss is your friend.
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Posted 07 June 2017 - 06:46 AM

Great photos !

The armadillo is priceless !  Like a rat in a super hero suit B)

The cardinal has a beautiful look to it


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 07:31 AM

Thank you everyone! I am even started to take less pictures too. Definitely saving a lot less. I am down from 8000 to 320  :)

 

This last question is not just for John but for all that want to chime in. I am going to Africa and then Madagascar in October and there will be lots of low light,  uhm, opportunities :huh:  

 

Very nice. Sharp with good detail. I might crop the tree out of the right side in the cardinal shot. 1/50 is slow for even a stationary bird. They are moving slightly and so are you. Ss is your friend.

Thank you John, I was afraid to crop the tree as to make the pic small. I have plenty of detail to do it though.  

 

I am not sure what to do about the SS, and this is a very important topic for me.  it was still very dark in the trees and bushes, not a lot of light coming through.   EV +1 and 1/50 sec Ss  I thought was the best way to keep ISO down.   Should I go higher shutter and PP the noise, or less zoom higher shutter and crop more.  I am sure it is some kind of balancing act, but if my shutter speed was at 800 or 1000 my ISO would of been 10000 



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

It is a balancing act as you say. In a situation like that you might start with a higher ss and click it down over several exposures. Then pick the best combination in post. For your trip you might want to think about renting something like a https://www.bhphotov...m=Y&sku=1052083 400 f2.8E if you plan to shoot lower light or under the canopy. The f5.6 is not happy without good light. I was in Costa Rica a few months ago with the 200-500 f5.6 and wished often for more speed. It is a great lens for travel, light and versatile with the zoom but requires good light. It really is not fast enough to shoot in the woods. Also consider a flash.



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:30 AM

It is a balancing act as you say. In a situation like that you might start with a higher ss and click it down over several exposures. Then pick the best combination in post. For your trip you might want to think about renting something like a https://www.bhphotov...m=Y&sku=1052083 400 f2.8E if you plan to shoot lower light or under the canopy. The f5.6 is not happy without good light. I was in Costa Rica a few months ago with the 200-500 f5.6 and wished often for more speed. It is a great lens for travel, light and versatile with the zoom but requires good light. It really is not fast enough to shoot in the woods. Also consider a flash.

I will have to think about that.   I am going for 16 days so rental will cost right around 1000.00. I can buy one used for 7000.00 and  I am not sure I can get that on carry on.  I will have to carry insurance on it in.( I am a little worried about theft )  All that being said, I would love to have that  :rolleyes:



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:54 AM

Hope you don't mind. Had a quick play with your Cardinal? I know it is overwhelming but you may as well start to think about background along with everything else. I am starting to think that the background is almost as important as the subject.

Another option would be the 70-200 f2.8. Smaller, lighter, less expensive and can be used well with a 1.4III and maybe a 2.0 extender. I have not had good results using the 200-500 5.6 with the 1.4III. 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

I do not mind at all, lol   Did you use clone tool in LR to get rid of the foreground leaves over the cardinals head?    Do you think I can find the 1.4III by october? they are back ordered everywhere.    70-200 f2.8 what version is better the VR or VRII  if the VRII is the newer one then why is it cheaper?   maybe I should ask this in Nikon forum?     Cardinal looks way better when you do PP, cant I just give you all my pics?   :D

 

 

 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:37 AM

As Geedee would say the the right way is to get it as close to perfect in the view finder as possible. I am trying to do that with backgrounds. When I first started shooting I was so happy to just get a bird in focus and exposed properly that I did not care much about composition. Then I started looking at other photographers that I admired and tried to figure out what made their images so special. Obviously they had the technicals but in addition the backgrounds were complimentary to the subject and not distracting. Now I find I move all over, up and down and sometimes don't even shoot if I can't get a clean background. PP does help.

VRII and the f2.8E version. E is newer than the f2.8G. Not sure about the 1.4III. 

Here is an example of complimentary background I am pleased with. It dose not have to be completely out of focus just not distracting. Added a Red Wing Blackbird taken at 1/1000, f6.3, ISO-5000 just to show how the D500 handles the higher ISO.  A slightly noisy image is better than a less noisy soft one  Also cropping has to be minimal or ideally none at all to use higher ISO so get close.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:43 PM

I reslly like the first guy! Nice shots



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:00 PM

John, I am NO expert in any way.... I just know what I like and have as yet to take ANY pic that could come close to matching the wonderful images you post..!



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:38 PM

Love the Armadillo, nice shots







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