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Old Feb 17, 2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default A Few Shots Along Lake Michigan

Birds and scenery along the lake recently. FZ35

Common Goldeneyes near harbor mouth. TCON-17 used.


Mute Swan on harbor ice. TCON-17.


Lake scene near Noon on a sunny day. Blindingly bright in reality so I have no problem with the brightness of the picture.


Lake scene on an almost hazy morning. The sun looked like that through the EVF, and carried over to the picture quite well in my opinion.
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Old Feb 17, 2010, 1:32 PM   #2
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Some lovely photo's again Steve
Very interested in how you managed to get the Goldeneye's in flight, particularly metering and focusing, shutter speed or auto settings? Did you use some zoom as well as the tcon 17. I can only dream of getting photo's like that. Excellent - well done
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Nicely done, Steve-

That nicely shows what Tcon 1.7 can do.

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Thanks Sarah and Alun. Glad you like my ducks.

Alun, before specifics, a bit of general knowledge based on my FZ18. I have not yet figured out how much of this applies to FZ35 with the auto-tracking focus, but I think it will be the same. Ok, for the FZ18, when I figured I would be doing flight shots, I would keep the focus on Matrix. The FZ 18 seemed to have a hard time/take forever to focus on water or sky. So, to shoot targets I would try to start tracking over water or sky with no background, and, to get a shot like you see above, I would track the target until I had the background, then shoot quickly. That is how I shot these ducks, only the focus setting was auto-tracking. My percentage of good Bird In Flight shots is not as high as it would be with a DSLR and a good lens, but I get some good ones now and then.

As to settings. Manual with auto ISO up to 400 (so not really manual, is it?) ISO 250, metering was center weighted (dot with brackets), Contrast 0, Sharpness +1, Saturation +1, Noise Reduction was probably 0 but I don't really remember. 1/640th second and f/5. I tend to change settings constantly as I walk along the lake as conditions change with every change in my angle in relation to the sun/clouds/water etc. Oh, the zoom was full zoom. I tend to walk along with the zoom set at about 12 to 14 and go up or down from there. Full zoom makes it to hard to fit the bird in the frame if close and the teleconverter is attached.

Here is an FZ18 shot.
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The TCON-17 is a great hunk of glass! I've used it since I got my Oly SP550UZ and on almost every camera I've had since. It produces some fine images once you know how to use it. This is from my Oly SP570UZ and the TCON.

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Thanks for the settings steve, that gives me somthing to think about. I know how hard it is to get close to some birds and often see them flying away! That's a great shot with the FZ18 as well (compared to my efforts) I know were are really in dslr territory here with an expensive lens but all i can hope for are slow flying birds! There are some herons near me and i am itching to get some pics but the weather has been poor, damp and foggy or snow this week.
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Gjtoth, that's a cracking photo very sharp with good color through a tcon 17
thanks Alun
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Gjtoth, that's a cracking photo very sharp with good color through a tcon 17
thanks Alun
Thanks, Alun. I just wanted to demonstrate that good (not great) images are possible with a bridge camera and the TCON. As I said, it's a great tool.
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The pictures are beautiful & sharp Steve & I love that one gjtoth!!!!
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steve,

really love #3! and love looking at my beloved chicago!
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