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Old May 19, 2007, 9:41 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Spotted my first Green Heron of the season while driving by the little lake near my condo complex, got out of the car with the DS and Tamron 300 with stacked converters.

I'd been searching out potential hidden Pentax treasures at the annual whole-town garage sale in a neighboring suburb all day and hit at least half of the 540 households participating without any luck, so I was pretty tired.

I found that I could hardly hold the GH in the frame of the VF, so even tho it was sunny, I bumped the ISO up to 800 and found that I had to use -1.7 Ev comp to keep from blowing the highlights. Even tho this gave me shutter speeds around 1/400-1/600, I didn't think that I'd get anything useable since I was so shakey, so I was pleasantly surprised at some of the results. . .







All are about 3/4 frame crops, all sharpened, and processed to some extent, then resized and slighltly sharpened again.

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Old May 19, 2007, 9:48 PM   #2
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Looks to me like all the work you had to do to get the photo was well worth the effort. My favorite is #3


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Old May 19, 2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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Neat pictures of an interesting bird - I would say "well done" even if you hadn't been fighting tiredness. I'm still amazed that you can get that sharp a picture with that long a lens combination and at that shutter speed.
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Old May 19, 2007, 11:24 PM   #4
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Hi Roger and Harriet,

Thanks for looking and for the nice comments.

Roger -- I find it's always worth the effort. . .:-)

Harriet -- I'm usually pretty confident that I'll get something useable, but this time -- it was like trying to hold a 1:1 macro shot -- Nothing that I did even cut down the shake, and I really didn't think that I'd get anything close to useable -- just goes to show ya that you just can't assume that a shot is not possible -- the beauty of digital -- there's just no reason not to try. . .

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Last one is my favorite of the three. Good captures all of them.

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Old May 20, 2007, 2:39 AM   #6
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Tree great shots, the feather detail is tack sharp.

Great work - Ronny
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