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Old Feb 11, 2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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Hi Ken,

Those pictures are great... you are a lucky guy, I went last week to Fire Island looking for the snowy owl but I didn't find anything.

It is a beautiful bird and you did a great job with the camera.

Thank you for posting.

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Old Feb 11, 2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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Hi Ken,

Your dedication and perseverance really paid off. Regardless of the noise in the images, just to be able to see one much less take a series for photos is marvelous. I really liked the E-500 color output but, between no image stabilization an less than stellar low light high ISO performance, you did a great job

Congrats and thanx for sharing.

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Old Feb 11, 2012, 3:03 PM   #13
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Thanks a lot. Yes, much as I like the E500 on a tripod for landscapes it certainly showed it's shortcomings for this set. All the shots I took were at a full zoom and hand held at 400 ISO, that's pretty much maxed out. I usually use matix and just with the center spot for focusing and light. Just trying to steady the center spot on the white bird was tough enough. Not getting it on the birds head resulted in the whites being blown out.

Blame the equipment.... Like I told Steven, there's a good used E3 being offered by B&H for just $375? I can't justify that at the moment. though.

It was just good to get out with the camera and have fun.

Thanks again Zig and Marcelo, Sorry you missed out on owls of Fire Island. I've heard that it's a realy nice place.
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 3:54 PM   #14
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Hi Ken,

If you don't mind I was filtering your pictures with a free noise remover and the results are great.

The software respect the detail in your pictures but I noticed that tent to fade the color rendition.

If you are interested try the following link and download the FREE version of NOISEWARE COMMUNITY EDITION

http://www.imagenomic.com/download_nwsa.aspx'''

I think Topaz Denoise is the best software in the market but it is $90.













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Old Feb 11, 2012, 4:29 PM   #15
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Marcelo, that made a HUGE difference, thanks for the demo. I'll have to download it and give it a try when I get home from the office. I was thinking of getting denoise but like a lot of stuff it'll have wait a while.

I see what you mean by colour (and light) I'm thinking if I run it though the noise removal first I should be able to recover most of that.

Still like that one of it flying away with the rain drops shaking off. Looks like it has rabbit feet not talons though.

Thanks again.
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That is very good looking owl Ken, excellent pictures you did made!
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Great photos. Such a magnificent bird. I live in central Kansas and we have had Snowy Owls here this year, a very rare occurrence, but there have been numerous sitings within a couple of miles of my home--there is a good size lake here and that's where they have been spotted. I haven't been lucky enough to see one though.
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GREAT shots Ken.
I can only say 1 word " WOW "
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Great pictures Ken.

Thanks for the software recommendation Marcelo. That's a keeper
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Loved all the encouraging comments guys. Thanks!
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