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Mar 16, 2010 11:45 |  #1

Well I finally got my Bigmos, and of course the Weather here has been horrible, Cloudy and rainy for 3 days, but I did get out and find an early returning Blue winged drake on one of my local beaver ponds.

Hope these fit my required "Duck Shots" with my new lense. Gotta get through the learning curve but so far I really like it.

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EXIF shot at 500mm 800iso F7.1 @ 250 "braced on a forked Stick" Hey when sneaking up on these guys we sometimes gotta improvise!!

Just an "ole dog" trying to learn "new tricks"! helpful advice is always welcome!!

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Mar 16, 2010 12:13 |  #2

Congrats on the new lens! :)

Nice bird to have to practice on. As far as these shots go, they all look a bit soft; I'm not sure if it's motion blur or focus was off; and looks like your ISO was up quite a bit to compensate.

Framing on the last 3 is good and exposure looks fairly good for the conditions you're describing. Definitely want to get some better example shots in better lighting to have some cleaner shot.

What settings were you using? (my exif viewer is shot at the moment).


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Mar 16, 2010 13:14 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #3

Thanks for the shot info; yeah, I think I see the problem ;)

In order to really get good, sharp shots and avoid camera movement blur, with these long lenses, especially, you want to have a shutter speed inverse of your focal length. So, in this case, you would have wanted to have a minimum shutter of 1/500s or faster.

I don't know whether that particular lens has IS or not, but that can modify the above rule slightly. For instance, with my 100-400 I can get a decent shot at 400mm with IS on at around 1/320 and occasionally down to 1/250 if the light's really good, subject doesn't move and *I* am having a good, non-shakey day :)


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Mar 16, 2010 14:23 |  #4

This guy is just a regular poser. Unfortunately, he'll be over that by the time he get's up here.


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Mar 16, 2010 15:43 |  #5

I was lucky enough to find one of these on my local patch a few years ago, lost my photos in a computer crash. Seeing these brings back how beautiful this species is.


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Mar 16, 2010 15:58 |  #6

You should be able to get crisper shots than that. If this is your first 'long' lens then they take a while to get used to, gotta keep it steady, the OS helps here but so does a monopod or tripod :)


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Mar 16, 2010 21:03 |  #7

Snydremark wrote in post #9808264 (external link)
Thanks for the shot info; yeah, I think I see the problem ;)

In order to really get good, sharp shots and avoid camera movement blur, with these long lenses, especially, you want to have a shutter speed inverse of your focal length. So, in this case, you would have wanted to have a minimum shutter of 1/500s or faster.

I don't know whether that particular lens has IS or not, but that can modify the above rule slightly. For instance, with my 100-400 I can get a decent shot at 400mm with IS on at around 1/320 and occasionally down to 1/250 if the light's really good, subject doesn't move and *I* am having a good, non-shakey day :)

Yes it has "OS" and I know I was just really pushing the day, and should have bumped to 1600 probably and upped the shutter speed, I did not have good cover and was really not "prepared". Had been raining all morning and when there was a break and spotted this guy I jumped. Thanks for the comments, I did find that the last shot I took I missed when I processed, I shot it at 400 iso and shutter speed of 400 I have included it here if it looks any better?

canonloader wrote in post #9808754 (external link)
This guy is just a regular poser. Unfortunately, he'll be over that by the time he get's up here.

Yeah I just wish he was in better light, the sky lightened for just a few minutes and then the bottom fell out I got soaked getting back to the truck. Maybe he will find him a lady fiend and he will be happy to pose for you when he gets up that way. This is earliest I have seen one coming back, should see more until late April usually.

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I was lucky enough to find one of these on my local patch a few years ago, lost my photos in a computer crash. Seeing these brings back how beautiful this species is.

I agreee with how lovely they are in spring plumage. I hope for some shots at them flying in the next few weeks!!

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You should be able to get crisper shots than that. If this is your first 'long' lens then they take a while to get used to, gotta keep it steady, the OS helps here but so does a monopod or tripod :)

Yeah arty I was pushing these, I got to get through the curve, and was really pushing the OS on these testing it, but considering how I shot them I was not unhappy.

Thanks to the comments and suggestions from all that is why I am so glad I found this site. I did find the last one I took before the rain, does it look any crisper, it was shot a 400 iso and 1/400 sec at f6.3

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Mar 17, 2010 00:32 as a reply to  @ ducklabdad's post |  #8

Well, it sounds like you've got the right concepts in mind and just need some practice with it then.

As far as that last shot, it still looks awfully soft; but keep trying and hopefully you'll get some better light before those critters fly out for the season.


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