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Jun 09, 2015 07:34 |  #5311

Still learning..............​.not just the camera but BIFs also


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Jun 09, 2015 07:41 |  #5312

These are really good shots for early attempts, Kevin. They seem plenty sharp. I still suck at it. lol

One thing you might try in your post processing is lifting the shadows on the birds. That way their eye might be more visible in the shots where the birds are back lit. Great job though Dude!


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Jun 09, 2015 07:54 |  #5313

Wow! Great tracking.


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Jun 09, 2015 08:17 as a reply to  @ bidkev's post |  #5314

Really good shots :eek: i specially like #3 with that reflection


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Jun 09, 2015 08:27 |  #5315

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #17589953 (external link)
These are really good shots for early attempts, Kevin. They seem plenty sharp. I still suck at it. lol

One thing you might try in your post processing is lifting the shadows on the birds. That way their eye might be more visible in the shots where the birds are back lit. Great job though Dude!


Thanks Paul and thanks for the advice, I don't know if it's me, being new to birds and trying to hold the big lens steady but I've been very hit and miss with eye focus, even on the static bird shots. It may be the focus problem that some folk seem to be having with this camera but I was that keen to try the camera and lens that I didn't test either before I actually went in the field. I'll have to run a test and see if it's the combo or just my inexperience with birds and/or me finding it hard to hold steady. A lot of my bird shots had the breast in focus so I think I'm dropping from the eye when I hit the button..........I'll have to dig out the monopod and see if that helps.


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Jun 09, 2015 09:06 |  #5316

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Nice one Iain, great colour

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Jun 09, 2015 10:23 as a reply to  @ post 17589937 |  #5317

Thanx,for these 2 the 24-105 F4.




  
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Jun 09, 2015 10:32 |  #5318

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Thanks Paul and thanks for the advice, I don't know if it's me, being new to birds and trying to hold the big lens steady but I've been very hit and miss with eye focus, even on the static bird shots. It may be the focus problem that some folk seem to be having with this camera but I was that keen to try the camera and lens that I didn't test either before I actually went in the field. I'll have to run a test and see if it's the combo or just my inexperience with birds and/or me finding it hard to hold steady. A lot of my bird shots had the breast in focus so I think I'm dropping from the eye when I hit the button..........I'll have to dig out the monopod and see if that helps.

As far as eye focus...I don't know how anyone can put a focus point on the eye of a flying bird. I'm sure there are some who can, but I sure can't! It looks like you're getting good feather detail so I don't think sharpness is an issue.

You might try using groups of focus points being active, then that way maybe you can get the head of the bird within the active focus point group. The other thing is to try to get the bird front lit. That helps immensely with the outcome of the image.


I wish my first tries were that good....for that matter - I wish my last tries were that good. lol


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Jun 09, 2015 12:08 as a reply to  @ post 17589744 |  #5319

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Jun 09, 2015 14:43 |  #5320

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Jun 09, 2015 17:12 |  #5321

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Jun 09, 2015 17:25 |  #5322

Craign wrote in post #17589964 (external link)
Wow! Great tracking.

OK, just to clarify, the ball is not tracked. To get the shot, the photographer pre focuses at the point you expect the rear leg to frame the ball. My problem was that I forgot to s out the distance from the side. I wormed my way into a tight spot behind backstop I didn't want to give up. I then had to estimate the distance which was hard because the 60 ft of grass between catcher and pitcher looked like 10ft in the Vf at zoom. I was happy how they came out for my first attempt at capturing a Derrick.




  
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Jun 09, 2015 18:16 |  #5323

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #17590184 (external link)
As far as eye focus...I don't know how anyone can put a focus point on the eye of a flying bird. I'm sure there are some who can, but I sure can't! It looks like you're getting good feather detail so I don't think sharpness is an issue.

You might try using groups of focus points being active, then that way maybe you can get the head of the bird within the active focus point group. The other thing is to try to get the bird front lit. That helps immensely with the outcome of the image.

I wish my first tries were that good....for that matter - I wish my last tries were that good. lol


Thanks again Paul for the advice. The shots were of birds taking off when my lumbering hulk disturbed them :-) I guess you have to just lie in wait to get the shots of birds coming towards you?

I was referring to static shots where I couldn't get eye focus as in this shot. I clearly remember how diffcult it was holding the lens steady on such a thin head/eye but these seem soft to me despite me thinking I pressed the button at the right time/spot and also despite PP sharpening

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Jun 09, 2015 18:56 |  #5324

Well, after creeping on this thread for awhile, I went down and picked up my 7D2 this afternoon. Should be an interesting ride. Look forward to contributing to this thread soon.


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Jun 09, 2015 19:24 |  #5325

gschlact wrote in post #17590626 (external link)
OK, just to clarify, the ball is not tracked. To get the shot, the photographer pre focuses at the point you expect the rear leg to frame the ball. My problem was that I forgot to s out the distance from the side. I wormed my way into a tight spot behind backstop I didn't want to give up. I then had to estimate the distance which was hard because the 60 ft of grass between catcher and pitcher looked like 10ft in the Vf at zoom. I was happy how they came out for my first attempt at capturing a Derrick.

Thanks for the clarification. It is a great shot. There is no room behind our backstop for any chance of images like those.


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