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Duane ­ N
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Aug 30, 2009 17:01 |  #1

Spent some time with a Great Egret this morning...tricky lighting conditions to say the least but I made the best of it. This Egret would have let me get within MFD but there were two other photographers next to me so we decided to keep our distance and let it fish without disturbing it...which it did.

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The sun was in and out this morning making exposure difficult.

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dbriz
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Aug 30, 2009 17:12 |  #2

Excellent images Duane... the light and contrast on the feathers are beautiful, as are all the compositions...

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tonyl13
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Aug 30, 2009 17:18 |  #3

Nice shoots, thanks for remembering "do not disturb". Did it get the fish or?


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Aug 30, 2009 17:23 |  #4

dbriz wrote in post #8550944external link
Excellent images Duane... the light and contrast on the feathers are beautiful, as are all the compositions...

db

Thanks DB.

tonyl13 wrote in post #8550972external link
Nice shoots, thanks for remembering "do not disturb". Did it get the fish or?

This Egret is a bit different then normal Egrets...we call it the Wally World greeter because it always at the entrance of the Botanical Garden I go to fishing in the same spot. It's there so much I usually pass up photo opportunities with it. It sometimes stands in the middle of the road forcing cars to go around it and will stand as close as 8' from fisherman fishing from the bank. :lol:

It gots it's meal and then some. It even moved some sticks around in the water where it was fishing.


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Aug 30, 2009 18:29 |  #5

Nice shots, like the strike one.


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Aug 30, 2009 18:38 |  #6

I'm loving these shots. I'd like your thoughts on the 50D too if you have the time. I want the warts and the good stuff too, but mostly would love to hear any downsides you've had with it over your 40D. ;)


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Aug 30, 2009 18:44 |  #7

canonloader wrote in post #8551316external link
I'm loving these shots. I'd like your thoughts on the 50D too if you have the time. I want the warts and the good stuff too, but mostly would love to hear any downsides you've had with it over your 40D. ;)

Thanks Arty.

Mitch.....you won't hear me say many negative things about the 50D. The only "negative" I can come up with is it's real similar to the 40D (nothing negative about the 40D though)......the other negative I have is the file sizes when shooting RAW. Almost twice the size as the 40D files....but it makes me shoot less only having 3-8gb cards. :lol:

I do plan on getting some 16gb cards for a future trip to Alaska if it works out this winter.

I wanted a crop body for the type of photography I do and I'm still saving for the 500mm f/4L so the 50D fit right in when the 40D became unreliable.


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Aug 30, 2009 18:48 |  #8

Nope, there was nothing wrong with the 40D. I now wish I had kept mine for the reach of the 1.6x. I'll be looking at a 50D a little harder as I approach eagle season here though. ;)

I do have a 16Gb card and it is noticibly slower to write to than my 2Gb cards. If you get some big ones, make sure you buy the fastest ones you can find. It makes a difference in the buffer shots.


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Aug 30, 2009 18:53 |  #9

canonloader wrote in post #8551356external link
Nope, there was nothing wrong with the 40D. I now wish I had kept mine for the reach of the 1.6x. I'll be looking at a 50D a little harder as I approach eagle season here though. ;)

I do have a 16Gb card and it is noticibly slower to write to than my 2Gb cards. If you get some big ones, make sure you buy the fastest ones you can find. It makes a difference in the buffer shots.

A few people have asked me how much more I like the 50D vs. the 40D and maybe it's my inexperience as a photographer but knowing what I know now and if I owned a reliable 40D I wouldn't make the change. I highlighted a certain statement because I'm still learning new things....nothing major each time but a bit here and a bit there add up I think.


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Aug 30, 2009 20:25 |  #10

This is a simply stunning series, Duane. Great shooting. Super job on the exposure and outstanding IQ. Oh yeah..... and the comp is perfect. :)


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Aug 30, 2009 20:52 |  #11

Terrific series, beautifully done.


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Aug 30, 2009 22:44 |  #12

Beautiful series!


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Aug 31, 2009 01:19 |  #13

Great work Duane, especially on the whites.


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Aug 31, 2009 01:47 |  #14

Beautiful series Duane...I really love that 2nd to last shot. Well done!


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Aug 31, 2009 09:29 |  #15

Beautiful work Duane, great comps. They are by far one of the more tolerable fishers. I find a low profile (sitting or laying down) really puts them at ease.


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