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Old Feb 27, 2005, 8:56 PM   #1
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I spent yesterday afternoon experimenting with movement. Below arethree of the results along with technical details.

Mark II with 200/1.8; ISO 800; 1/2500th; F/5; some sharpening and noise reduction applied; manual zone focus on tripod:






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Old Feb 28, 2005, 1:24 AM   #2
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Wow Norm!!! You've outdone yourself again!! These little guys have a beautiful wingspan and you caught it magnificently. Made my day (night), again. I've been working graveyard the last 2 weeks, and looking at all these pictures you and the others post really help make the night shorter. Thanks again.........thekman.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 3:04 AM   #3
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Yup, That's Normcar Quality again !!
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 4:09 AM   #4
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Not only are these great catches, they are also an excellent study of the
flight characteristics of these little guys. They illustrate very well some of the
different stages of their flight actions.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 6:00 AM   #5
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wonderful shots, I was wondering if F8 at 800iso would be a combination worth trying for this kind of shot???
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 11:05 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the kind comments. These are not as detailed as I'd like them to be and one of the reasons may well be what alady has pointed out, that f8 would be a better choice of aperture for a spread-out bird in flight. Unfortunately, whenone stopsdown the aperture the shutter also decides to be uncooperative and gets less. The ideal shot would be about an F/8 to 10aperture, at 1/2500th or more, orpanned at just the right time if you can't get a fast enough shutter, and it would need to be one fast pan with these birds. Our senses simply cannot compete with their speed. One needs to be predictive as well.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 11:24 AM   #7
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Norm, I'm at work and just now seeing these. Everyone else has already told you how great they are. I can't add anything that has not already been said except that you sure have it down pat on having the right settings when you push the button. I really enjoy seeing your stuff.

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Norm, you're doing it again... What did I tell you last time? Oh, yeah... WOW!

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 7:39 PM   #9
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REally nice Normcar.

Some more really nice shots from you. These flight shots must have been a blast to take and they came our really good.

You really capured some nice action here.

Do you find the MarkII has a very good ability to track in flight birds and focus quickly enough to get the shot. I find often with my d70 and the 50-500 I feel like I have a good focus but it just won't take the shot. Just not quite quick enough focus.
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Simply AMAZING!
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