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Old Apr 22, 2013, 9:16 PM   #1
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Default Today's shots at the Shoreline

My goal is to try to photograph a new bird or water fowl every time I go out on an outing. Sometimes all I can get is the same old, same old. Today's walk is just one of those.
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 2:38 AM   #2
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3 more of the regulars at the Shoreline!
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super sharp! They may be the same old, same old, but you did great!!
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super sharp! They may be the same old, same old, but you did great!!
Thanks, Mugmar!
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nice set well done
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You got a Grebe too
But how come you got so much DOF out of the 500mm?
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Thanks very much! Recently I have been going out a lot to test the Sigma 150-500mm lens to find out why at 500mm taking pictures of a small bird like a Pied Grebe, the picture always comes out fuzzy on my T3i. I really want to use this lens for this purpose. At first, I thought that the lens is simply not very sharp at 500mm and there is not much I can do about it. Then I realize that 500mm on a cropped sensor is equivalent to 800mm and the viewing angle narrows down even more. Any vibration from the shaky hands translates into fuzziness on the pictures. In my case, not even a monpod is good enough at this range. So I begin to bring along a tripod and the results improve drastically. The pictures in this series were taken without a tripod, I use the guard rails on the foot bridge, the roof of my car and the pickup truck parking next to mine for support.

You asked me questions about this lens before when I first got it. Now I can safely recommend this lens after using it heavily: it is definitely a keeper.
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You got a Grebe too
But how come you got so much DOF out of the 500mm?
The parameters I used to photograph the pictures of the Grebes is 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 @500 mm. The sharpness is OK, I think the image may be better if f/8 is used. I am somewhat reluctant to step up the ISO so the pictures won't get as much noise.

It seemed like I got more DOF even I was using maximum aperture. I think the reason is that I was shooting down from a foot bridge and the subject, the Grebe, was very much on the same plane as the background.

Here is another picture taken on few days before! Look at the picture of the Grebe, it looks almost flat on the water and yet the DOF is very good. This picture was taken from a higher elevation on the Shoreline.

Thank you for viewing my pictures!
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