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#1 MarkM

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:22 PM

Beautiful Vermillion Gnatcatcher.  They fly off their roost and make about a 20-30 foot arc, catching gnats in the warm air, landing back at the same spot, sometimes other spots. 

Tried hard to get the head angle toward the sensor.  High Noon lighting.

D500 w/ 200-500 lens.  Both handheld at 500mm, 1/2500 sec, f/8, ISO 500

 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:07 PM

Beautiful bird and a couple of great pictures.. The one on the perch is quite good.. I have the same lens and camera and I have noticed and John has pointed out to me that if you stop down from 500mm to 450ish mm the image will be sharper..  on the BIF I think you missed focus and got the feet instead.. you can see how the feet are sharp, but the eyes are not....   Do not get me wrong, just to get little bursts of lightning like that frozen in flight and the image to not be completely blurry is top notch... capturing them is like capturing large dragonflies on the wing...  That is a fun exercise by the way.  :-)   


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 01:50 AM

Thanks Wildman!  Yeah, the focus was off on the 2nd one...they are tough to track!  I'll make a note to come in at 450mm or so.  And yes, I tried dragonflies in flight...definitely fun and challenging.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:44 AM

Lovely little bird, perhaps not perfectly captured but sure getting there, BTW, I have yet to reach your standard Mark. Thanks for posting and giving me something bright and colourful to enjoy...(-:



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 05:40 AM

Nice shots Mark.  Yup, missed the second one a bit, but most of my shots fall into that category.  Glad to see you're enjoying your new kit!


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 09:37 AM

Good job, Mark.

I like them both, even if the BIF missed focus a bit.

Colours are vivid and the detail in no.1 is very satisfying.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:34 PM

Good shots Mark. It is a beautiful bird and I have never seen one before so TFS. Remember that when you can get eye level +- it makes the image even better.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 05:45 PM

Colorful little bird.  The first one is great.  The 2nd one is pretty good even though the focus didn't quite lock as you wanted it too.  Smaller birds can be tough even for top of the line cameras to focus on in flight.






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