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Old Jan 29, 2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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A curious Tropicbird:




-> and in formation flying: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11
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Absurd.
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Lovely shot of an indeed curious bird, NHL!

Well done, you should be proud. I love the background too... colours and composition (slight diagonal line of trees) works great, for the dreamy bokeh!

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absolutely brilliant...

and look at the bokeh at f11. Terrific. Whats the name of the bird?

i gotta take a class from u on tracking flying birds. Where do u live?


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Absurd.
In what sense? :shock:
I was just trying to contrast this up-close shot to the wider landscape image...
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... colours and composition (slight diagonal line of trees) works great, for the dreamy bokeh!
... and without the background:


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absolutely brilliant...

and look at the bokeh at f11. Terrific. Whats the name of the bird?
Follow the previous link:
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i gotta take a class from u on tracking flying birds.
Ditch that AI-servo!!! :-):-):G
-> It's works fine on bigger target, but is just an exercise in futility when used on small BIFs:
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See my avatar coordinate... :blah:
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Ditch that AI-servo!!! :-):-):G
-> It's works fine on bigger target, but is just an exercise in futility when used on small BIFs:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=585712&forum_id=11


Not just servo. I really meant about tracking the birds. The question should have been "Will u teach me ur technique" :?):blah:

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Germantown??




And is it me or what..i feel the shots from D300 more crisper andsharper compared to the mark II shots?




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Not just servo. I really meant about tracking the birds. The question should have been "Will u teach me ur technique" :?):blah:
Quite easy really - IMO you need a target rich environment 1st: bird feeders, and local lakes/parks are good start since theses birds are not quite as skittish, or fly to one and enjoy the beach too like I did - I'm not too much into stalking or tracking the birds one at a time... :-)

Secondly use what work best for you, keep using AI-servo if that's what you prefer; However on smaller birds it just doesn't cut it for me: the fundamental issue is I can't track in AI-servo since the focusing screen goes out of focus when the camera misses its target and I need to relocate the bird visually again (loosing valuable time) before re-pointing the camera.
-> My technique is to pre-focus on infinity and half press the shutter only when a focus point land on the small bird in flight - i.e. I selectively AF on the bird on-demand and not let the camera lock on a nearby flowers, leaves, or branches as the camera moves about because if it did the actual subject will become out of focus and I'll lose track of where it flew to: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=58



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Germantown??
Yeap just around the Capital beltway - Not quite as nice and warm as the Carribean is it?



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And is it me or what..i feel the shots from D300 more crisper and sharper compared to the mark II shots?
I noticed that too...
-> But this is an apple to orange comparison as they are both good: The 1DMrkII is first of all a 3 years old 8Mp design pitched against a 12Mp D300 just barely released a few weeks ago. Next I'm also sure the EF-500 f/4L is a much sharper lens on an MTF chart than the Bigma with probably less CA too; However because of it's creamy bokeh couple to the larger sensor on 1DMrkII, it does appears that its images are less crisp as the D300 with a larger DOF couple to the Bigma smaller lens opening (That's why the Oly images appear so much sharper as well with their 2x crop!)

Check this out:
Canon: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11
Nikon: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11

The BIG surprise actually was how well this Bigma performed (considering its $ and weight):
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...851058#p851058
-> Can't shoot too close with the 500L (@ >4m), and with the Bigma I can zoom out 1/4 of a turn to locate the target and then right back to 500mm to track in a jiffy!
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Absurd.
In what sense? :shock:
I was just trying to contrast this up-close shot to the wider landscape image...
Absurdly good, of course! Come on! No one could argue with this image!
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