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Old Oct 24, 2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Now you will know what a fish feels like! K20D with DA 55-300. 5 images.

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#4 is great! What an expression, if Pelicans can have such things!

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Wonderful shots! I love both 4 and 5.
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Fantastic shots Pen!
I think he was showing off for you.:G
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Hey Penolta,
Those are all great continuous focus shots except for the framing. If you could have gone a little bit wider and kept all of the bird inside the frame I think they would work better. No complaints with the focus or sharpness though.

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Thanks Glenn, Harriet and GW.

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Those are all great continuous focus shots except for the framing.* If you could have gone a little bit wider and kept all of the bird inside the frame I think they would work better.* No complaints with the focus or sharpness though.

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Tim, I know what you mean, and when I can, I do. It wasn't deliberate, but in some ways like the effect, which gives the illusion of looking through a window with the nearest wing extending out of the frame over your head, thus enhancing the size and closeness of the bird, This is not a problem with smaller birds, or large ones at a greater distance. These birds are very large, and coming very close very fast - zooming the lens in and out to keep them within the frame while following and trying to keep metering and focus points on them isn't always possible, eiher because of their speed or size (requires a wider angle than 55 for such in-your-face captures of a bird with a 7ft. wingspan when it gets that close). My left thumb was sore for days from twisting the zoom ring, which wasn't always fast enough. I am more than pleased to have the camera be able to capture these, as imperfect as they might be on that score. There were several photographers next to me with their huge tripod mounted behemoths that were unable to respond fast enough to get anything at all. They didn't even try. Anyway I just posted these to show what the equipment is capable of doing. Check out this earlier thread in this forum for a sequence with more distant shots which had more crop room (I will soon post some close ones that are better framed as they were not dive bombing me*):

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...27&forum_id=80

Also see this thread in the Wildlife Forum:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...61&forum_id=11

*I am reminded of the time some years ago when I took a TV reporter out to a nesting colony of Least Terns. Her photographer never got his pictures, because each time the image of one of one of the little dive bombing birds came zooming down his telephoto lens he would duck as if it was going to hit him in the face when it was still a good many feet away!
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