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Old Feb 12, 2011, 9:50 PM   #1
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Default E5, 50-200 SWD + EC20....more birds today

Today I made my way to a spot that got me closer to where the birds land and take off. After waiting a few minutes and being stared down by 2-3 of the residents, they realized I was not there to mess with them and they just ignored me.

Manual exposure was set, based on metering the open north sky. Not a cloud was up there so the light was bright and very contrasty. Turned IS off. Captured RAW using continuous AFwith the middle diamond-pattern of AF points and processed in Adobe Camera RAW.













Stalking..



Saw this back-lit scene. The metering set worked on it perfectly.








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Old Feb 12, 2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Aw Geez, did ya hafta go and post these just when I started feeling good about the E-30 again.


Seriously, though, these are wonderfully detailed, very sharp and focus is spot on. Thanks for posting as these re-affirm that my lenses will continue to be viable for a long time to come. All I have to do is get the cobwebs out of my wallet.

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ahhhh, we had such a beautiful day and you did make the most of it....these are beautiful images for all the reasons Zig mentioned.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 2:59 AM   #4
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Thanks, Zig.

It was beautiful wasn't it, Bob! Hopefully we're through with the bad winter stuff. After shooting these I headed up to the Heard Center in McKinney for the photo club meeting and signed up for a trip to White Sands, New Mexico March 17-20....probably about the time we (or West Texas) get one last winter storm.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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One additional note that was passed on to me from Erik Aaseth over at DPReview that I had totally missed. I have not had the C-AF lock turned on with my E5, which will help even more with the camera locking onto and tracking a subject as it moves and not being influenced by other background objects as I'm following a subject and shooting multiple images.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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Default More birds ...

I'm just jealous of those shots

However, just wait ... in 3 months the "big birds" migration will start

.. and I just hope I can do better than ... (and no deer will scare all of them )
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Greg, those pics are just... wow! #4 FTW!
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One additional note that was passed on to me from Erik Aaseth over at DPReview that I had totally missed. I have not had the C-AF lock turned on with my E5, which will help even more with the camera locking onto and tracking a subject as it moves and not being influenced by other background objects as I'm following a subject and shooting multiple images.
After turning on the C-AF lock, I spent a few minutes back at the lagoon this morning and, of course, when I arrived there were virtually no birds there at all. Luck of the draw.

In one instance though, I locked onto a subject, got it framed and started to shoot when he flew into a wooded area. I figured I had probably lost any decent images with all of the trees between me and him/her, but this evening I noticed the two images I captured around 1 second apart were both in perfect focus....interesting..



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Those are some beautiful images Greg. That combination of camera and lenses does a real nice job as well as the person behind them.
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