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Old Jun 17, 2005, 5:00 PM   #1
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I have been shooting photos of a family of ospreys over in Georgia (USA) for the past couple of months. In doing so I have learned a lot about my FZ-15K. I have gone from trying to shoot handheld-with digital zoom to coming to my senses and using a tripod and using onlyOPTICAL zoom. I had to visit several times of day to get the light right but finally found that early morning was best. The little ones have gone from eggs to chicks now but I have yet to see a head. Rangers clued me in that they had hatched. Since last there we have had Tropical Storm Arelene go through so I am anxious to go back. It is about a 30 mile trip one way and my car is not reliable and things have to be just right for me to make the trip. Been too many storms through lately and the wife has had to use the cell phone that I need with me. But soon I will return. Here is one of the most recent shots. I went from shooting them only while on the nest to them in flight...that was another learning step. Used the mulit-frame feature in that.
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 9:22 PM   #2
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Maybe, that was the best of the bunch so far, but wow look at those wings putting on the brakes. Its really a great catch and worth the 30 miles. I sure hope you'll share more. congradulations. I appreciate it.
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Very good picture Willis. Keep track of them and keep shooting. Still hope to get the chance at an Osprey myself.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 3:30 AM   #4
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I have been shooting photos of a family of ospreys over in Georgia (USA) for the past couple of months. In doing so I have learned a lot about my FZ-15K. I have gone from trying to shoot handheld-with digital zoom to coming to my senses and using a tripod and using only digital zoom. I had to visit several times of day to get the light right but finally found that early morning was best. The little ones have gone from eggs to chicks now but I have yet to see a head. Rangers clued me in that they had hatched. Since last there we have had Tropical Storm Arelene go through so I am anxious to go back. It is about a 30 mile trip one way and my car is not reliable and things have to be just right for me to make the trip. Been too many storms through lately and the wife has had to use the cell phone that I need with me. But soon I will return. Here is one of the most recent shots. I went from shooting them only while on the nest to them in flight...that was another learning step. Used the mulit-frame feature in that.
Did you mean optical zoom?
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 7:09 AM   #5
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Nice shots for digital zoom , any more ?
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 8:37 AM   #6
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Wow! That's an amazing picture of the ospreys. You seem to be learningquite wellabout the capabilities of the FZ15. I understand about the drive.....I have to drive about an hour to get my beach shots.....and have been there many times experimenting with my FZ5. It's all worth it! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful picture and am looking for to seeing more. bentleysmom
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:41 PM   #7
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Thanks, ruchai...you are quite correct...I did mean Optical Zoom. I learned NOT to use Digital zoom. Degrades the photo .... and apparently my brain as well!:-) Thanks for catching that.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:46 PM   #8
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How about one more since you guys have been so nice in your comments. Thanks a lot. Hope I can get pix of the young ones as they stretch their wings for the first time. If I do...I'll post them too.


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Awesome shots BigT. The second one is even more dramatic than the first. Wish you had a teleconverter to get more detailed pics with less cropping, because these pics are outstanding.
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