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Old Aug 28, 2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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The ducks were doing their morning swim, a couple mallards were bringing up the rear but any time the mallards tried mixing the rank they were moved off and never managed to join the fleet.

At one of our local parks this week with the E-3 and ZD 70-300



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Old Aug 28, 2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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Love the contrast, the white plumage against dark blue water. Nice of them to stay close together for a tight shot.
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Fun pics Bob, not easy taking all that white is it?

Everybodys 70-300 is getting a good workout this week.
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Well done Bob. White on animals is perhaps the hardest to do. Yours are spot on! Tell us more: spot meter or average? What camera settings?
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Thanks Ken, the 70-300 is becoming a favorite to me, I've been using the 50-200 quite a lot for the past month or so and decided to keep the 70-300 mounted for a while. I carry the E-300 at the same time with the 14-54 mounted....kinda nerdy I suppose but handy.
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Steven, thank you too, the file above was made at f/5.6 ISO 400 @ 1/320 and center weighted average. I got hooked on spot metering when I was shooting baseball and just never thought too much about it then a couple park trips ago I decided to use CWA, I like the results so that is my new and present usage. I always use auto WB.

I am going to a different city park usually twice a week and always get to the site at sunrise. Because of the heat here this summer all is brown, but, see it at sunrise and there is a lot of color to be seen even in the dead foliage.

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E-3.... the duck(s) photos were done at 0730 when the sun was just seeing the pond


E-3 .... these are tiny, about 1/2-inch diameter. For this one f/4.4 with the camera flash


E-3 .... dead foliage, direct lit sunrise
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Hi Bob,

Been without power most of the day, but otherwise okay. As a result, haven't been able to look on the forum and see your great images.

The first shot of the white ducks is just beautiful. Great depth of field , color, exposure- just really a winner.

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Thank you Zig, I very much appreciate your comment. It was fun to see how the photos at the pond came out. I was there at just the right light and all the white ducks were in a group going the right direction...... It is fun to be lucky.

I have located a real giant of a snapping turtle at another park pond. I've seen it twice now and know where it hangs out; one morning before sun up I will sit out the time it takes to get some shots. It would be great to catch it away from the water, but not likely.
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Great shots, Bob. White animals really aren't easy to expose well - you did great.

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Great pictures Bob, the first picture is my favorite...!

Thank you for posting.

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