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Old Oct 10, 2006, 7:08 PM   #1
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Been some time since I took any images, must less posted any images, but...


Had a chance to use my FZ30+RDS+TCON17 this afternoon for an hour or so shooting some Red Tail Hawks in flight over a local alfalfa field. Wound up shooting over 200+ images and thought that posting a sequence of unedited images from the many burst sequences would be a good illustration for newbies of--

1. How a RDS sight assists in increasing %'s for having the subject within the frame of view during a burst sequence (but not always...) ;-{

2. How even when one hears the beep indicating AF lock doesn't mean good focused images

3. A typical keeper ratio for post processing can be as low as this venture... ~ 18% or ~35 out of 207 images

4. The more experienced one becomes, the higher the threshold becomes for what is a 'minimal-keeper' for later post processing

5. Good Argument for using burst sequenced images to get one or more 'good' images out of a 5-shot sequence


6. Good illustration that full zoom isn't always a good thing...

Full Zoom Ooops..





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The following URL is for a slideshow of about 120 or so of the 207 images in the sequence they were taken and only full sized image resized to 800 x 600 for posting. These show that panning/tracking with a RDS helps but technique and experience goes a long way to a higher keeper ratio. And, yes, even those of us who have > a year experience have a lot of missed opportunities...

All posted images are as out of camera w/No editing/cropping except a few at the end of the slide show of a couple of the better images with a quick PP in Picasa2. (Use the pause button to change the 3-second interval timing or to pause on any image)

http://s33.photobucket.com/... .../?action=view&slideshow=true

A couple of the better images from the series (EXIF in image; Some at EZ5-MP + TCON17 or EZ3-MP + TCON17)
Houston, We Have LIFTOFF!




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Gathering Wing Speed for more Lift:




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Crusing at low altitude...




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Veer LEFT...




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Old Oct 10, 2006, 7:24 PM   #2
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Thanks for this. Looks great. I would be interested in your camera settings. )
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 7:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your photos and the info. Donna
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 7:44 PM   #4
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Beth Ellen wrote:
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Thanks for this. Looks great. I would be interested in your camera settings. )
Thanks, Mi'Lady!

All images have their EXIF embedded so you should be able to right-click and click on EXIF INFO if you have the Windows Tweak EXIF installed

The first image's EXIF using PANDA IEXIF2readeris:

Make = Panasonic
Model = DMC-FZ30
Orientation = top/left
X Resolution = 72
Y Resolution = 72
Resolution Unit = inch
Software = Ver.1.0
Date Time = 2006-10-10 12:49:54
YCbCr Positioning = co-sited
Exif IFD Pointer = Offset: 420
PrintIM Data = 208 Byte

[Camera]
Exposure Time = 1/400"
F Number = F5.6
Exposure Program = Normal program
ISO Speed Ratings = 80
Exif Version = Version 2.2
Date Time Original = 2006-10-10 12:49:54
Date Time Digitized = 2006-10-10 12:49:54
Components Configuration = YCbcr
Compressed Bits Per Pixel = 4
Exposure Bias Value = ±0EV
Max Aperture Value = F2.83
Metering Mode = CenterWeightedAverage
Light Source = unknown
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length = 88.8mm
Maker Note = 5722 Byte
Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
Color Space = sRGB
Exif Image Width = 2048
Exif Image Height = 1536
Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 6652
Sensing Method = One-chip color area sensor
File Source = DSC
Scene Type = A directly photographed image
Custom Rendered = Custom process
Exposure Mode = Auto exposure
White Balance = Auto white balance
Digital Zoom Ratio =
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 669mm x TCON17 = 1,136mm EQ
Scene Capture Type = Normal
Gain Control = None
Contrast = Normal
Saturation = Normal
Sharpness = Normal


Noting the image size of 2048 x 1536 indicates that this image was in EZ3-MP mode and the EXIF Reader indicates the Focal Length as 669mm EQ as correct before the TCON17 multiplier...
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 7:56 PM   #5
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Nice captures Telecorder. Some time the auto focus will lock on the sky and focus if your subject is not centered. The RDS is nice to have but it does take some practice. I've not really had time to consentrate on it so my average is low also.

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Thanks for the info and shots, the last one seemed to have better focus than the others.
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