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Old Aug 19, 2011, 7:53 PM   #1
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Default Birds, Birds, Birds,-Taking flight

Spent the last two days on Martha's Vineyard, an Island off the coast of Massachusetts. Lots of beaches to go and try and take photos of birds. Here are a couple from this morning:

Terns taking flight: D90 + 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens



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Great shots! I like them both!
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Now that looks like a Hitchcock movie!!
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You're doing really well with that combo, Zig...!
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Good morning all,

Thanks.

Yes, I'm having a lot of fun trying to get a good feel for what the D90 + 70-200mm f2.8 can do as well as the best settings - aperture, shutter speed, etc.


Hi Mugmar,
Yes, it did feel a bit like a scene from "The Birds" as we were walking along a Tern nesting area. As can be seen in the images, there were lots of terns around. We were fortunate that the little chicks had grown and were flying. Otherwise, the adults would have been less than friendly. As it was, the Terns at times were less than 10ft away from us and would be barely above my head.

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Love shots like this!
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Thank you, Leslie.

I like them too.

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Very well done Zig, looks like your getting a grip on the new system.
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Very well done Zig, looks like your getting a grip on the new system.
Hi Bob,

Thanks. Your comments are always appreciated.

I have to admit that, in many ways, it was a good thing that I started taking bird in flight images using the E30. The weaker AF system forced me to understand the importance of ideal camera settings and develop disciplines on how to hold a camera, pan, and keep the focus point trained steadily on the subject so as to minimize losing focus or creating blur. So, I have that to be thankful for.

The D90's AF system makes it all fairly straightforward by comparison.

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