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Jun 24, 2018 12:40 |  #2596

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Indeed it is!!!

Thanks!! It can be done, the 100-400 II is balanced, I think the only one better is the 400 DO II, as it seems like the front element on that one sits closer in by about an inch or so.

I had the opportunity last summer to hold one, it's even more at home, and the weight increase wasn't that noticeable for me... but the cost vs. the 500 II, may as well go 500 II!!!




  
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Jun 24, 2018 12:41 |  #2597

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Venturing into macroland here with the first one. Don't know what it is, but it was among the dragonflies. Can you ID it, Michael456?
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Unfortunately, I was on the shadow side of the grebe who's been fishing. Fairly happy with it, though.
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Sometimes just getting and enjoying the moment is what provides the motivation to go out more and more and then nail the eventual shot in better light.




  
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Jun 24, 2018 12:42 |  #2598

Badly backlit top of forest canopy... but how can one resist!!!??


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Jun 24, 2018 13:48 |  #2599

Terrycanon wrote in post #18650365 (external link)
Venturing into macroland here with the first one. Don't know what it is, but it was among the dragonflies. Can you ID it, Michael456?
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I'm not 100% certain but I think it is a four-spotted chaser:
https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Four-spotted_chaser (external link)
One of my favorite dragonflies because unlike other species that are constantly in the air these sit down pretty often :lol:.




  
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Jun 24, 2018 14:01 |  #2601

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I'm not 100% certain but I think it is a four-spotted chaser:
https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Four-spotted_chaser (external link)
One of my favorite dragonflies because unlike other species that are constantly in the air these sit down pretty often :lol:.

Thanks. Yes, I think it's a chaser, after I looked on a dragonfly expert site, It must have an inferiority complex being so dull compared to its colourful cousins. You're right - it was the only one staying still ;-)a


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Jun 24, 2018 14:32 |  #2602

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Indigo Bunting

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Excellent shot Matt!!


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Jun 24, 2018 14:44 |  #2603

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Both are very nice shots, Michael.


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Jun 24, 2018 15:53 |  #2604

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That lady bug shot is special. Wall hanger all the way!!!


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Jun 24, 2018 16:37 |  #2605

I've been working with "Grumpy" the fox squirrel for some time trying to get this furry one to smile a little bit. I tried everything but no change...just a frown all the time. Finally as a last ditch effort, I told Grumpy a raunchy squirrel joke, and as you can see, Grumpy gave me a grin. I now officially changed it's name to "Smiley." I guess I'm going to have to find me some squirrel jokes.


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Jun 24, 2018 20:02 |  #2606

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Jun 24, 2018 20:03 |  #2607

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I've been working with "Grumpy" the fox squirrel for some time trying to get this furry one to smile a little bit. I tried everything but no change...just a frown all the time. Finally as a last ditch effort, I told Grumpy a raunchy squirrel joke, and as you can see, Grumpy gave me a grin. I now officially changed it's name to "Smiley." I guess I'm going to have to find me some squirrel jokes.


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Very comical!




  
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Jun 24, 2018 23:22 as a reply to  @ post 18649302 |  #2608

Thanks!

I did have it out this past weekend for CubScout duty..

I do need to re-read up on my Processing game! Gonna have to sit with LR to get the flow again..


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Jun 25, 2018 00:57 |  #2609

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Very comical!

Thanks...it's fun to put a little humor in there sometimes.


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Jun 25, 2018 06:24 |  #2610

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Thank you! What helps: Remaining calm in the moment, get your elbow in, and support the lens more ontop of your fingers around the tripod mount area, this way you can keep your arm more parallel to the ground, which then helps overall in extending the time period you can have the lens pointed up at your subject. So for example, pointing out at 90deg angle is easiest if the bird is say 10' up in a tree, but most owls are going to be higher, so supporting the lens on your fingers helps to increase the angle to maybe 110-120deg while still keeping your arm parallel.

The other part is -1/3rd or -2/3rds and push processing can buy some shutter speed and/or allow for a lower ISO than typically chosen. One other strange thing I've noticed, is that the IS sometimes is not at it's best in the first few seconds until you really calm and steady yourself, so I take a moment to do that and do a few half button presses to make sure I REALLY am focused on the Owl and not some random branch that's not even near the center point that Canon has decided is the next best option...

What NOT to do: Just walk up, OMG! OWL!!! Then just start firing away like an 80's Rambo movie! Those shots for me atleast never work out in poor lighting conditions.

The other part is getting your shoulders squared up and comfortable foot position, as those also contribute to camera shake. If you played basketball then all this makes sense!

Good tips for keeping steady during those "long" exposures. I need more advice on approaching owls though, as I can't get anywhere near them even doing my best slow motion. Literally, I'll move a few feet every few minutes, completely silent, crouched down, while wearing camouflage, not staring at the owls or walking straight at them, and these GHO's panic as if I'm the greatest threat they've ever seen. And they're 40ft up in the trees. So yeah, I've completely stopped wasting my birding time trying to get close to them (along with Green Herons, utter waste of time).


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