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Old Dec 11, 2006, 2:11 AM   #1
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Went for a nice hike this weekend at Back Bay. Here are some shots with Iso 400. Also I finally have Exif data on most of the pics. There were a couple that I had to use Neat Image, hence no Exif on those.

Not sure what the name of these guys are, but they were fast and agile. I had a tough time focusing on them. They would sweep down low above the water and dip their beaks into the water for food.
(Addendum: These are Black Skimmers)




Thirsty gull making a splash.


I believe this is a red tailed hawk. It would soar in the rising thermals above the cliffs way above and then bomb down upon an unsuspecting prey. I had to run Neat Image on this one because it was a heavy crop. Sorry no Exif.



(Correction) I have since found out that this is actually an American Kestrel.


I love how these egrets just glide over the tops of the marshes. So quiet and effortless.


A snowy egret wandering around in the marshes looking for a meal.


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The gull making a splash gets my No.1 vote, however they are all excellant.

Well done.

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Neat pictures! The first two presented a tough metering problem for the camera - how do you not blow out the white parts of the birds? I had the same problem with a giant egret and a not long enough lens and the only time I got something that came close was to signficantly underexpose the picture, then adjust using photoshop. Your thirsty gull is wonderful!

As far as noise reduction software - I used to own an FZ30 so went ahead and bought Neat Image. It wasn't that expensive when I considered how much I used it for that camera, and while I don't use it very much with the Pentax cameras, it still comes in handy. No regrets for spending the money (and it doesn't strip the exif data).
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Yes I too havea tough time with white egrets. Their white feathers are so highly reflective, its very easy to blow out those highlights. I'm still at a point in my photography where I use apeture priority.I'm not comfortable withManual mode yet. Anyways I try to take as many pics as I can. Reviewing them in photoshop, I find that the slightly underexposed shots give me the most to work with as far as adding back detail. I usually do: USM, adjust highlights/shadows, adjust contrast, adjust color, and saturation. Usually this helps to preserve/accentuate the details of the feathers.



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Neat pictures! The first two presented a tough metering problem for the camera - how do you not blow out the white parts of the birds? I had the same problem with a giant egret and a not long enough lens and the only time I got something that came close was to signficantly underexpose the picture, then adjust using photoshop. Your thirsty gull is wonderful!

As far as noise reduction software - I used to own an FZ30 so went ahead and bought Neat Image. It wasn't that expensive when I considered how much I used it for that camera, and while I don't use it very much with the Pentax cameras, it still comes in handy. No regrets for spending the money (and it doesn't strip the exif data).
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The gull making a splash gets my No.1 vote, however they are all excellant.

Well done.

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Agreed! Very nice

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royce, All are very nice. I especially like the aerials. I got the same lens (arrived last week) and can't wait to get out and try it out myself.
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 12:08 AM   #7
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Nice! Can't wait to see some of your pics. You are gonna have alot of fun with this lens. It's just so versatile for outdoor photography.

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Awesome series, Doc! Those aerials are beautiful! Can't wait until I can get back out to do some hiking in So.IL...just had ACL replacement surgery this morning so it's gonna be a few weeks:angry:so I guess I'll just have to sit back & enjoy all of the talented works of this forum!

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Thanks for looking. Sorry to hear about your ACL. :O Hope your rehab is smooth and quick!

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Great shots, I really like the gull making a splash and the Kestrel looking down. Excellent work!

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