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Old Jun 28, 2009, 9:01 PM   #11
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Awesome!
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Old Jul 2, 2009, 9:38 PM   #12
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Awesome photos, the GBH is super beautiful.
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Old Jul 4, 2009, 7:18 AM   #13
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Great shots NHL. The Heron is a beauty! Love the light. And any time you can catch a Kingfisher is a bonus!

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Old Jul 5, 2009, 4:48 PM   #14
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Thank you all
The GBH came out really well in print with great details...
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 5:45 AM   #15
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Hey great pictures.
I loved it!
What camera did you use?
and how did you u make the white framing for those pictures??
keep the good work.
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 11:07 AM   #16
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Bruno28:

A tip...

Images from digital cameras contain an EXIF header with lots of information. The metadata contains information about the Camera, Settings used and more. Some users leave it in, some users leave it out (sometimes because their image editor removes it).

Many image editors can see this information (including a number of free image editors like Irfanview or Google's Picasa

Some do a better job compared to others at extracting proprietary information from the Maker Notes section of the metadata found in images.

You can find browser plug-ins that can read this information, too. For example, I use Exif Viewer by Alan Raskin (a free Firefox plugin) to see EXIF information in images posted by members. I use Linux versus Windows most of the time. So, I like this EXIF reader because it's cross platform (works with Firefox under Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.).

You can find more cross platform browser add-ons like FxIF by Ted Mielczarek

Another popular browser add-on (Windows only) is IExif by Opanda. Note that you'll need to install the Windows and IE version first. Then, install the Firefox add-on if you want to use it from within Firefox.

If you look at the Exif information in the first photo by NHL, you can find out that it was taken with a Nikon D300 at ISO 800 using a focal length of 500mm, with the aperture at f/6.3 with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second. Since NHL is a frequent poster, I know he used a Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM lens (and some Exif readers will give you lens information, focus point information, and more). One example is PhotoME. A very good good Exif reader is ExifTool by Phil Harvey. You can find a GUI front end for it called ExifToolGui.

As the border used, you'll have to wait for NHL to answer that one.

Here's what I see with Exif Viewer by Alan Raskin using Firefox 3.5 under SimplyMEPIS 8 (a free Linux distribution):


IPTC

* Record Version = 17955
* By-line = NHL
* Copyright Notice = NHL & Co.

(unable to display the specified text)
Exif IFD0

* Camera Make = NIKON CORPORATION
* Camera Model = NIKON D300
* Picture Orientation = normal (1)
* X-Resolution = 1500000/10000 ===> 150
* Y-Resolution = 1500000/10000 ===> 150
* X/Y-Resolution Unit = inch (2)
* Software / Firmware Version = Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
* Last Modified Date/Time = 2009:06:20 22:16:35
* Artist = NHL
* Y/Cb/Cr Positioning (Subsampling) = co-sited / datum point (2)
* Copyright Owner = NHL & Co.

Exif Sub IFD

* Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 10/10000 second ===> 1/1000 second ===> 0.001 second
* Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 63/10 ===> ƒ/6.3
* Exposure Program = manual control (1)
* ISO Speed Ratings = 800
* Exif Version = 0221
* Original Date/Time = 2009:06:13 08:14:32
* Digitization Date/Time = 2009:06:13 08:14:32
* Components Configuration = 0x01,0x02,0x03,0x00 / YCbCr
* Compressed Bits per Pixel = 4/1 ===> 4
* Exposure Bias (EV) = 6/6 ===> 1
* Max Aperture Value (APEX) = 53/10 ===> 5.3
Max Aperture = ƒ/6.28
* Metering Mode = center weighted average (2)
* Light Source / White Balance = unknown (0)
* Flash = Flash did not fire
* Focal Length = 5000/10 mm ===> 500 mm
* User Comment (Hex) = 0x41,0x53,0x43,0x49,0x49,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x20,0x20, 0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20, 0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20, 0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20, 0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20
User Comment Character Code = ASCII
User Comment =
* Last Modified Subsecond Time = 91
* Original Subsecond Time = 91
* Digitized Subsecond Time = 91
* FlashPix Version = 0100
* Colour Space = sRGB (1)
* Image Width = 1163 pixels
* Image Height = 784 pixels
* Image Sensing Method = one-chip color area sensor (2)
* Image Source = digital still camera (DSC)
* Scene Type = directly photographed image
* Colour Filter Array (CFA) Geometric Pattern = 0x00,0x02,0x00,0x02,0x00,0x01,0x01,0x02
* Custom Rendered = normal process (0)
* Exposure Mode = manual exposure (1)
* White Balance = manual (1)
* Digital Zoom Ratio = 1/1 ===> 1
* Focal Length in 35mm Film = 750
* Scene Capture Type = standard (0)
* Gain Control = low gain up (1)
* Contrast = normal (0)
* Saturation = normal (0)
* Sharpness = normal (0)
* Subject Distance Range = unknown (0)

Exif IFD1

* Compression = JPEG compression (6)
* X-Resolution = 72/1 ===> 72
* Y-Resolution = 72/1 ===> 72
* X/Y-Resolution Unit = inch (2)
* Embedded thumbnail image:

Exif Interoperability IFD

* Interoperability Index = R98
* Interoperability Version = 0100

Exif GPS IFD

* GPS Version ID = 0x02,0x02,0x00,0x00
* GPS Latitude Reference = N
* GPS Latitude = 39/1,37695/10000,0/1 [degrees, minutes, seconds] ===> 39° 3.7695′
* GPS Longitude Reference = W
* GPS Longitude = 77/1,214456/10000,0/1 [degrees, minutes, seconds] ===> 77° 21.4456′
* Links to online mapping websites:
o Google™ Maps
o Yahoo!® Maps
o MSN® Maps & Directions
o Mapquest®
o Open KML data with Google™ Earth
o Save KML data to file
o Save KML data to file and open with Google™ Earth
* GPS Altitude Reference = sea level reference (negative value)
* GPS Altitude = 58/1 m ===> 58 m
* GPS Time Stamp / UTC Time = 13/1,15/1,1800/100 [hours, minutes, seconds] ===> 13h 15m 18s
* GPS Satellites = 09
* GPS Image Direction Reference = magnetic direction
* GPS Image Direction = 14810/100 degrees
* GPS Map Datum =
* GPS Date Stamp = 2009:06:13 UTC
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 9:54 PM   #17
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Fantstic GBH!
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Old Jul 30, 2009, 6:41 PM   #18
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Thank you for the help.
I never knew there was so much information in a photo!
I will definitely download one of the programs that you pointed out.
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Old Jul 30, 2009, 9:28 PM   #19
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wonderful series NHL...good to see your pictures...and have you sold your 500mm
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Old Jul 31, 2009, 2:50 AM   #20
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Hi NHL

What a wonderful series, but especially that first photo of the GBH. As previously mentioned the wing tipping the water and reflecting in it adds the icing to an already perfect cake! Great shot.

I noticed in the EXIF it indicates exposure bias by +1.00 eV. Would that be normal practice to do with the D300 for such a composition?

Thanks for sharing! Lovely use of good equipment for a great outcome.

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