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#1 Reciprocityrules

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:55 PM

This is a better image from the series.  I decided to bang my head against the wall with the prior image and post-processing, whereas this one was good right out of the camera. The lower resolution of the post does not do the original image justice; the original shows a lot better detail.  The green blob on the chest is a stain from whatever, and there is a blood stain on the left hand side of the tail about half-way down.  I could adjust some things in post - CC welcome.

 

300mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 400, EV +1.7

 

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:02 PM

Half the ISO of the other one, otherwise the same settings (no EV?). This looks darn good to me. What is surprising to me is the aperture...I tend to use at least f/8 or more for a depth of field safety net, but I gotta try f/4 now. Thanks for sharing your process!
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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:23 PM

Thanks Mark - I corrected the EV - it was the same as the other.  Regarding the f4; I just do it, but I am not sure if it makes any difference regarding the DOF or focal plane at a distance.  I use it for the light - I don't have a Nikon AF system, and I can use all the light I can get to allow my AF to function.  I will experiment this year with increasing the aperture setting, but shutter speed and ISO will suffer unless it's really bright.  I really like my lens, and it's been good at f4.  To be honest; I have developed a habit of keeping the EV dial handy during exposure testing.  I just have the f4 set on my preset BIF setting.  I still do not have the wherewithal to adjust a lot of things while acquiring a target, getting the AF locked and adjusting EV.  This will come with more practice.  I was thinking about my aperture settings and increasing them where possible, so were on the same page.  

 

That was a good catch on the ISO; I looked at the series and had one where the auto ISO was down to 200.  This image is not cropped.  All I did was up the fill light a bit and up the contrast a bit

 

 

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:51 AM

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 04:40 AM

You sure filled the frame with that one Jonny, that must have taken some luc..err...skill...(-: Very nice indeed.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 05:07 AM

It was luck.  In my last post, I mentioned stumbling....being flat on your back really helps out the neck with those overhead shots ;).


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 09:36 AM

Great hawk shots. As for the aperture, f/4 should have enough DoF for BIF especially with the 2x crop factor on th m4/3 sensor.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

Much better detail and great job filling the frame overhead.. not easy to do!   


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:40 AM

Good shot Jonny. Filling the view finder on a BIF is difficult. 


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:55 AM

Lovely, Jonny.

100% great.

Also, I admire your "dead fly " technique of shooting overhead birds. B)


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:55 AM

Thanks fellas!  Rod - when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  Improvise - eliminate some variables on that image stabilization gizmo ;).


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