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Old Oct 30, 2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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I shot another trial Saturday. I intended to use the same setup as I used before (70-200/TC14/D3s), but I was brain dead enough that I had the TC17 on instead of the TC14. The autofocus was MUCH slower and made shooting action more difficult. I never got a chance to switch converters after I got in the field.

I carry the bird basket like the gentleman on the right. It allows close access to the action. They call the person with the basket a "shagger" and that preceeds Austin Powers.




A couple portraits

This experssion was the result of hearing the shutter click.



Eye on the Boss



A retrieve



A little blood won't slow these dogs down.



Shots like this is why I like shooting these trials.

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Old Oct 30, 2011, 7:57 AM   #2
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Hi Greg,

Shots like this are why I love to view your posts.

Eye candy and inspiration on a cold, dreary, and stormy day, here up in the Northeast.

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Wonderful shots...!

That last one is great...!
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 5:37 AM   #4
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Thank you both.

The camera has my confidence.

As is usually the case, the limiting factor resides behind the viewfinder. I missed alot of shots because I had the wrong teleconverter. I had the position, I had the right ground cover, light was workable, and the dogs were finding birds and I could have done so much better.

I had fun anyway.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 7:53 AM   #5
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Greg....... Wonderfully done!

I enjoy your 'field' images so much. I appreciate your skills as a photographer and recognize the passion for the dogs and the work they do....... it all easily comes across.

thanks, Bob
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I like to shoot birds (with a camera), but you shoot them and then take pictures of the bloody murder scene so you can show off what you have trained that poor dog to do.

Does that about sum it up?
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I like to shoot birds (with a camera), but you shoot them and then take pictures of the bloody murder scene so you can show off what you have trained that poor dog to do.

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If you don't like something that's posted here you are welcome to go elsewhere for your criticism. This is not a critique forum, nor is it an appropriate place to personally attack another member, because of your personal beliefs.

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Greg. I'm with Zig, Wizzard and Bob, and that last shot is on the money!
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That about sums it up for me.

Well said, Hawgwild.
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I like to shoot birds
I slept on my response to your post. How could I reply in a way that was keeping with the photographic theme of this forum. After thinking it though it, this is what I came up with. Pardon me, but these are not all Nikon pics.

I decided to concentrate on something we have in common, some bird pics.

A chickadee



A bobolink



Tree swallow



Green Heron



Barn Swallow



Field Sparrow



I lugged some very heavy camera equipment more than two miles on more than one occasion to try to get a decent pic of thei blue-gray gnatcatcher, this is the best I could do.



Eastern Wood Peewee



Ruby Crowned Kinglet



The Purple Martins



See, something in common.

The last pic shows something that becomes more and more clear as time is spent in nature. It is a very brutal place. From bugs eating bugs in macro to the martins feeding the kids above, something must die for something else to live. Eagles eat fish, the fox seeks the mouse, the owl, the vole, it is all part of the grand scheme. Brutal in its implementation.

One more pic. The robber fly and the wasp.

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