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Old Jun 1, 2015, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Blue iris down by the lake . . .

Just with the 45-200. Haven't taken/shared many shots lately. Nothing ground breaking but I like how the color comes through, and I think the out of focus areas look pretty nice too for not being such a fancy lens.

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Old Jun 1, 2015, 10:17 PM   #2
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Also a Heron in Flight from the same time. I like the shot, but the details (such as the head) aren't so great when viewed closely. Don't know if it's shutter speed, focus, the lens, what.

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The lack of sharpness in the heron is probably some combination of shutter speed, possibly a little off in focus, camera shake, etc, etc. Shooting any bird in flight, even a relatively slow one such as this, is often a practice of futility for me, even back when I was using what many would term a "proper camera"....a DSLR, for that type photography.

I rarely try birds in flight these days. There are already enough things going on my life that are a source of frustration on a daily basis without adding something from the one thing I do for "fun".

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True enough. Flowers and building travel a little more at "my speed."
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True enough. Flowers and building travel a little more at "my speed."
LOL.. very nice shots.

I agree with Greg on the reasons about the lack of sharpness on the BIF.
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Very nice shots. The flower color is outstanding, and the petals show very well against the green background.

What camera settings were you using for the the Great Blue Heron shot? I could not pull up the exif data on it.
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Thanks Steven. I don't have it on me, but it was probably pretty slow. It was one of those things where I saw it, grabbed the camera and started firing without really having time to "set" things a little better. It was also a pretty overcast dreary day, and I'm sure if things were a little brighter I may have had better luck too with better ISO and shutter settings.

EDIT--Oh, here we go. ISO a tad higher than what I normally like but not extreme:

ƒ/5.3 158.0 mm 1/320 1250
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Thanks Steven. I don't have it on me, but it was probably pretty slow. It was one of those things where I saw it, grabbed the camera and started firing without really having time to "set" things a little better. It was also a pretty overcast dreary day, and I'm sure if things were a little brighter I may have had better luck too with better ISO and shutter settings.

EDIT--Oh, here we go. ISO a tad higher than what I normally like but not extreme:

/5.3 158.0 mm 1/320 1250
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You are right, the settings are not ideal for this kind of situations, for BIF you need at least 1/1600 for a sharp bird in flight.
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BIF shots on mirrorless cameras are very challenging for me even with the recent advance in technology. The track speed is still lagging behind a good DSLR.
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