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Old Dec 18, 2007, 4:31 PM   #1
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I have some time to reorganise my album scattered here and there throughout the summer. All taken with my shortish A300mmF4






























I had no clue that geeses landing could be graceous



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Old Dec 18, 2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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Daniel, those are just some great shots, nice job.

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Old Dec 19, 2007, 6:08 AM   #3
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Nice, Daniel. I really like the fourth one with the reflections in the water.

It's like a lesson in landing. The different steps.
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Daniel, your persistance and patience are paying off...These just get better and better.

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Old Dec 19, 2007, 7:40 PM   #5
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Very nice series Daniel. You are doing great on the BIF shots with a manual lens!

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These are wonderful!!!!

The birds are now down here - SnowBirds so to speak. I should go out during the holidays and try my hand - (I'll only embaress myself, but I have to see how bad I am at BIF).
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Old Dec 20, 2007, 5:12 AM   #7
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Tim, Dawg, Tom & Nhmom

Thanks for taking time to comment

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These are wonderful!!!!

The birds are now down here - SnowBirds so to speak.* I should go out during the holidays and try my hand - (I'll only embaress myself, but I have to see how bad I am at BIF).
I miss the summer in here. Most wildlife have migrated down south now. For BIF, it is relatively easy to get the first one ok. But to get the subsequent shots in focus is something else.

Pentax AF system is just too slow to respond. After you get the first one in focus and shot, it takes a while for the camera and lens to remeter and refocus. By the time it is done, birds are gone. :?::?:

My all manual process involves bypassing all these by using manual metering and focusing and making 100% use of the 3 fps of my camera. The method use is detailed at

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=24654278

Here is the setting:
1/1000s - 1/2500s, f5.6 -f8, SR off and in burst mode. And I prefocus to around 50-80 ft.
Birds fly within the range, then I raise my camera and fire in burst. 1st couple of pict are usually off focus.
I have to constantly finetune the focus ring in my panning action until the birds fly out of my zone. I have to agree that finetuning focus takes a bit of practice. And it took me a yr and around 5,000 shots wtih my A300mmF4 to figure it out.

With traditional focus trap method, it is straight forward to take this first pict










But it would have been impossible to take the 2nd picture within the same second. It came and went real fast











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