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Feb 12, 2012 16:26 |  #1

I finally had a chance to birdwatch at FRIM (Forest Institute Malaysia). Early some birder reported seeing an Orange-headed Trush not far from the Tea House. Sure enough, a male was there! But perched under heavy shade, quite challenging to get good shutter speed. Didn't bump up the ISO because i only had my 20D at the time. The noise at ISO800 is quite terrible. C&C welcome and appreciated.

1/13s, f7.1, ISO400, 500mm

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I felt adventurous. So, i slapped on the TC and tried even slower SS.:p
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Feb 12, 2012 16:50 |  #2

Well I don't quite know how you've managed it Fee, but you have got better detail when using a TC and at a slower shutter speed. That second shot is really good with the bird standing on one leg and a claw visible from the raised leg. It's not a technique I'd have considered but it worked for you so well done :)




  
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Feb 12, 2012 17:14 |  #3

I agree, 2nd shot is WAY more sharp, outstanding work!


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Feb 12, 2012 18:08 as a reply to  @ lhoy's post |  #4

yup great job on the 2nd one especially



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Feb 12, 2012 18:14 as a reply to  @ lhoy's post |  #5

That is one colorful Thrush Fee! I don't know why they stopped at calling it just Orange-headed as it really is Orange-bodied. :)
I'd have to agree w/the others that the 2nd image is sharper, and I don't think it's just because the subject is closer. The eye and wing feathers look a little soft in the 1st, and the Thrush has a noticeable head lean towards you. In the 2nd the head is straighter, the eye and wing feathers are clearer/sharper, and you were able to record better fine detail in the breast feathers too. Hooray for TCs!


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Feb 12, 2012 19:16 as a reply to  @ CamFan01's post |  #6

Envious, #2 is perfect.

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Feb 12, 2012 19:25 |  #7

2nd is a really good shot, Fee. Never heard of that bird.


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Feb 13, 2012 09:17 |  #8

2slo wrote in post #13874821 (external link)
Well I don't quite know how you've managed it Fee, but you have got better detail when using a TC and at a slower shutter speed. That second shot is really good with the bird standing on one leg and a claw visible from the raised leg. It's not a technique I'd have considered but it worked for you so well done :)

Thanks for the comment Mark! Hmmmm.... now come to think of it, there might have been some subject motion, that causes the blur, even worse, adding some backfocus on my part too. Or, I better double-check my 20D, maybe it has been reverse-engineered to take sharper image with TC and at slower SS. LOL :lol:

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That is one colorful Thrush Fee! I don't know why they stopped at calling it just Orange-headed as it really is Orange-bodied. :)
I'd have to agree w/the others that the 2nd image is sharper, and I don't think it's just because the subject is closer. The eye and wing feathers look a little soft in the 1st, and the Thrush has a noticeable head lean towards you. In the 2nd the head is straighter, the eye and wing feathers are clearer/sharper, and you were able to record better fine detail in the breast feathers too. Hooray for TCs!

I think you nailed it Steve. The timing on the 1st one probably could be better. As i pressed the button, he might have tilted his head at the same time, and the AI SERVO at that moment might have pushed the subject to the edge of the focus range, to create a mini storm, i.e. blurr image. Let me see if other image in the same series without the TC has better detail.

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I agree, 2nd shot is WAY more sharp, outstanding work!

Thanks lhoy! I saw we live not terribly far from each other. :)

jhayesvw wrote in post #13875135 (external link)
yup great job on the 2nd one especially

Thanks for the comment Jeremy. :)

TerryWSmith wrote in post #13875452 (external link)
Envious, #2 is perfect.

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I appreciate the kind words Terry. :)

sparker1 wrote in post #13875499 (external link)
2nd is a really good shot, Fee. Never heard of that bird.

Thanks Stan. A birding trip like that, gave me pretty much 90% lifers. I was like a kid in the toy store. :D


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Feb 13, 2012 09:31 as a reply to  @ cfcRebel's post |  #9

wowwwww.... excellent detail at 1/10 of a second. Lovely background. Its nice to see you are visiting this part of the world :p


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Feb 13, 2012 09:47 |  #10

Great looking bird and that second image is wonderful...


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Feb 13, 2012 10:49 |  #11

Well, the second shot shows that you don't always need high shutter speeds! It's a beauty of a shot, Fee. I love that little nail of the tucked in foot peeking out there. Also, good perch and lovely lovely background. Very well done, Fee!


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Feb 13, 2012 10:52 |  #12

Congrats on this beauty Fee.

I think greater focal lengths can sometimes put enough extra pixels on your subject that it outweighs any penalties the extra glass might impose. No matter how you did it though, at 1/10 that's truly a remarkable capture.

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Feb 13, 2012 12:46 |  #13

Thats a really striking looking bird ,great captures of it Fee.


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Feb 13, 2012 13:03 |  #14

Well the second one is outstanding, 500mm, 1.4tc and 1/10 ss. Nice job! :)


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Feb 13, 2012 14:28 |  #15

Shot #2 is excellent...nice detail and color!


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