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#1 John W

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:19 AM

The landing pose of these birds is my favorite. I love the open wings and intense concentration. Taken about an hour before sunset. Tripod, gimbal head, mm, 1/3200, f6.3, auto ISO - 720, +0.3ev, 500 f4E + 1.4III extender, D500. cc

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:27 AM

That sir,  is my favorite of all your pictures I've seen so far. Nice!



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:39 AM

Thank you



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:58 AM

Beautiful.  The bokeh is perfect and the detail sharp.  The bird's pose gives the shot a sense of dynamism.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 11:08 AM

Thanks Kerry



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:19 PM

Iconic ! You couldn't have gotten a more perfect composition if you'd used a trained bird !



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 01:59 AM

Holy schnikes thats good!  Photography awesomeness!


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

Thank you



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:32 AM

All of the above and more ...(-:



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:56 AM

Sweet!



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:59 AM

Wow! Classic position, beautiful

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 01:08 PM

May I ask John, how you got that picture. Did you follow the osprey to the nest or did you focus on the nest and await for him to approach? I am asking, because I think I follow to soon and start taking pics too soon.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 01:51 PM

Thanks guys. 

 

For this shot I set up my tripod on the shoreline north of the offshore nest. The wind was coming from the north so I knew the male would come to the nest and land facing north ( into the wind ). The female bird is on eggs and ignores me ( if I bothered her I would leave her alone but I think she is used to me and does not even chirp anymore when I am there ). I knew the male would come to nest eventually so it is just a matter of waiting and hoping he would arrive before I lost the light. In the morning the sun is behind the nest. In the evening I get beautiful direct sun setting light until the sun goes below tall trees behind me. It works out to only having good light on the nest for about one hour a day. When I saw the male approaching from across the bay I got him in the view finder and using back button focus locked in and waited. In the past I might have taken a large burst of him all the way in but I am more patient now and only take a burst when I know I have an action or background that I want to capture. This is one of a burst of about 6 shots. 



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 02:17 PM

I Have not staked out a nest yet. At Fort Desoto Park there are at least 30 nests. They have such are large area to fish I think I will with hang out by a nest next week. I will apply the same technique that you did if I can get some sunlight.   I have stopped taking so many pics that are still at distance. I have learned that just because I can see the animal through the lens does not mean I will have sharp focus. Picts can only be cropped so much.    Thank you. This helps greatly :-)   


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:28 PM

Simply stunning John, it is spot on mate.

 

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:14 AM

Thanks Chimpy.

 

"I have stopped taking so many pics that are still at distance. I have learned that just because I can see the animal through the lens does not mean I will have sharp focus. Picts can only be cropped so much.    Thank you. This helps greatly :-)  " -

 

You are welcome. You have the right camera for taking action shots. Once you get dialed in on keeping your subject centered in the frame, focus is not something you should have to worry about. I had about a 50% tack sharp focus keeper rate on bif with my 7DII. My in focus keeper rate with the D500 is 100%+-. It locks on and if I do what I am supposed to it does the rest. Can't really say enough good about the camera. The only time I lose focus is when I touch the focus ring. I am not sure why but if I put any pressure on the focus ring when shooting a burst the images will not be sharp. 



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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:48 PM

John, it's correct that your focus moves if you touch the focussing ring while shooting bursts it's manual focus override, my 100-400 does the same. I had to train myself to shoot with my hand well away from the focusing ring.

If this is the quality of shots taken with your Nikon D500 then I'd keep doing what your doing mate, it's a cracker.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:48 AM

Wow John. At only a 50% keeper rate you must have had a bad copy of the 7D. Even my SL1 gets better than that.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:07 AM

Wow John. At only a 50% keeper rate you must have had a bad copy of the 7D. Even my SL1 gets better than that.

I always suspected I might have had a bad copy. I am sure that some of the problem was directly traceable to me. My long lens technique was not as good, my tripod and gimbal were not the same quality I use now and I now use higher shutter speeds. That said I could never explain some of the failed images. The camera would take 4+- sharp images in a burst and then 2+- complete fails and then 2+-.soft and then sharp again. I took a lot of shots hoping to get a good one tack sharp.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:17 PM

Great shot, thanks for sharing a bit about your process in getting shots like this!


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