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Old Apr 19, 2012, 5:00 AM   #1
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Hey Zig,
After a spell of bad weather (hail in Hawaii!!) went to the forest and got this - still learning 70-200 with TC, but absolutely love the lens. Japanese White Eye on Erythrina plant. These guys are fast!
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 6:02 AM   #2
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Hi Paniolo,

Very well done indeed!

Living in Hawaii, you should have great opportunities to shoot a myriad of bird species. I'm looking forward to more.

This has nothing to do with the image you posted, but, one thing that I've come to realize after extensively using a teleconverter with the 70-200mm. The clarity and sharpness of the my images are much improved when I use a monopod.

Hail in Hawaii?...... that is bizarre

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Hi Zig,

Thanks for the look and compliment.

I tried using a monopod but found panning vertically hard to do with moving objects. Do you use a different type of head?

Other thing I learned is that DOF is very shallow (3 inches, in this case), I need to close down my aperature more. More practice required.

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Hi Zig,

Thanks for the look and compliment.

I tried using a monopod but found panning vertically hard to do with moving objects. Do you use a different type of head?

Other thing I learned is that DOF is very shallow (3 inches, in this case), I need to close down my aperature more. More practice required.

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I use a standard head for the monopod. It is not a ball head. I typically use the monopod when I'm hiking or in very wet conditions. I know that panning is not going to be easy with this set up so, rather than try and get frustrated, I concentrate on birds that are busy feeding and somewhat more predictable.

I also have a Manfrotto Carbon Fibre tripod with a Manfrotto gimbal head model 393. This is the set up I use when I'm going out to get birds in flight.

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Thanks for the info, I will look into the gimbal head.

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Very nice!

As a suggestion, may want to consider a bounce card on the SB600. It will disburse and give a softer light, potentially elimination shadows - or muting them drastically while bringing out the color. (Two offset SB600's could eliminate totally.)

If not using manual flash settings, eTTL works great with this setup as the SB600 head fully rotates to accomodate a bounce card, and keep the sensor facing the target.

Just a technique to try.
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Am planning to return tomorrow for more practice. WIll try using a diffuser. Thanks for the suggestion.
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