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Old Apr 22, 2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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went back to a local park where i'd seen some pileated woodpeckers a week or so ago, and got some more shots of the them working on their condo. VERY dim lighting in deep woods, so these aren't as good as i'd like...

7DII, 400mm, 1/160 @ f/8, ISO 6400... i tried some at this ISO setting, and found the noise just a bit much. it cleans up "okay", but the images aren't as sharp as i'd like. i kept this shot only because it shows both birds on the same tree at the same time...



450mm, 1/125 @ f/6.3... this one is at ISO 3200 - noise is much more manageable, and the image is sharper.



500mm, 1/320 @ f/6.3, ISO 3200... a different tree, with different light... cleanest and sharpest of the lot.

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Old Apr 23, 2015, 9:35 AM   #2
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Rocky, excellent shots under dim lighting. I can see the virtues of the 7D MKII!
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Gorgeous photos. Interesting...we have to use a special drill bit to get such perfection to a hole.
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Very nice. This must be your big lens. Like how you got good clear shots of both the male (2nd) and female (3rd). I just started using a 7D ll this week and so far I haven't dared go over ISO 1000. Your photos inspire me to stick my neck out.
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Rocky, excellent shots under dim lighting. I can see the virtues of the 7D MKII!
thanks, WCKSer! i'd definitely have had a tough time getting these with my 7D - even the MK II is marginal for this spot!

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Gorgeous photos. Interesting...we have to use a special drill bit to get such perfection to a hole.
LOL! so we do! but the woodpeckers take a lot longer... thanks!

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Very nice. This must be your big lens. Like how you got good clear shots of both the male (2nd) and female (3rd). I just started using a 7D ll this week and so far I haven't dared go over ISO 1000. Your photos inspire me to stick my neck out.
yep, these were with the Tamron 150-600. these were my first real high-ISO shots with the Mk II... it's not bad, but i think 3200 is about the limit for good photos. it'll go up to 16,000 (51,200 in ISO expansion mode) but to be honest i wouldn't attempt anything higher than 6400 for any shot i planned to keep - even 6400 needs some pretty extensive cleanup - at least my first attempts did. i'm gonna try this spot again earlier in the day, and see if that gets me better light...
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