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#1 Jaime Rodriguez

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:28 PM

Took a drive out to S Padre Island  and stopped by the Nature Preserve there. This place was beautiful, from what I was told April is the month to be there but still plenty of wildlife to see. Missed focus on a few shots and was able to see an Osprey, unfortunately a little to far for my maximum length. All shots were with 70-200 f4. Blue Heron, Green Heron Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Osprey, Gators, and a Skimmer

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:17 PM

Interesting series of pics, the eighth is my favourite. I am impressed that you can get as close with a 200mm to capture such images, I suspect it helps a lot if the creatures are not too shy of man, either that or you have good stealth skills...(-:  Thanks for posting.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:50 PM

The Yellow Crowned Night Heron, he was no more than 30 meters from me i was at 160mm f/4 1/125 ISO 100. These guys were all wild birds but I could tell they were used to have humans around. The birds I photographed last week in Port Aransas were a different story. If I was walking I could get about 50 meters but if I sat in a bird stand I had some come as close as 10 meters but they were a little more skittish.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:05 PM

nic pics



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:25 AM

Thanks for taking the time to reply Jamie, it would seem we agree that a 200mm may be a tad short for wildlife, perhaps a tad more so if the wildlife in question may be small birds. Sure you can bait creatures by setting feeders and the like it would seem to take real skill and determination to capture real Wildlife images that some have posted here...(-:



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:53 AM

A great selection.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:18 AM

Thanks for sharing Jamie. It looks like a beautiful place and you captured a gorgeous sunset. #2 is sharp and has good lighting but like you said several of the wildlife images are soft and except for motion blur from a wing for example it works best if the image is focused. Try using higher shutter speeds and a monopod or tripod for sharper images. Focus on the eye.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:03 PM

Thanks for sharing Jamie. It looks like a beautiful place and you captured a gorgeous sunset. #2 is sharp and has good lighting but like you said several of the wildlife images are soft and except for motion blur from a wing for example it works best if the image is focused. Try using higher shutter speeds and a monopod or tripod for sharper images. Focus on the eye.

Thanks John W, the place is beautiful and the animals are WILD, its the only reason I posted all the birds in one post due to the variety of wildlife that can be seen, even though most were soft I added the sunset for anyone who may be traveling through that part of Texas and may not know it's there. There is no baiting done at this place. Do you use manual settings or shutter priority when shooting birds???



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 06:20 AM

Thanks John W, the place is beautiful and the animals are WILD, its the only reason I posted all the birds in one post due to the variety of wildlife that can be seen, even though most were soft I added the sunset for anyone who may be traveling through that part of Texas and may not know it's there. There is no baiting done at this place. Do you use manual settings or shutter priority when shooting birds???


I shoot manual with auto ISO. Use AI Servo, high speed drive, single center point auto focus for stationary animals, focus on the eye, take a burst of 3-4 and back button focus helps. One of the burst will be sharper than the rest.




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