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snooked Jan 18, 2009 2:25 PM

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K20D, Tokina 80 400mm. Green Cay Wetlands.


Green Heron From Above

snooked Jan 18, 2009 2:26 PM

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Green Heron Over Pea Soup

snooked Jan 18, 2009 2:27 PM

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Green In Pea Soup

Lofty1 Jan 18, 2009 2:42 PM

Like the shots. How did you get the first one?

snostorm Jan 18, 2009 2:53 PM

Hi Ed,

VERY nice!!! I assume you were Very close. . . #1 is a very unique perspective and requires some explanation -- howdjadoit?????

We just got through 3 days of -30F wind chills, and you're shooting herons! I'm definitely jealous.:shock:

I don't think I've ever gotten this degree of sharpness and detail from my Tok 80-400 -- nice work.


snooked Jan 18, 2009 3:19 PM

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Lofty1 wrote:

Like the shots. How did you get the first one?
There is a raised boardwalk going through the Green Cay Wetlands, he was straight below me.


Green on walk.

rhermans Jan 18, 2009 4:10 PM

Great capture, nr1 is one of the most unusual viewpoints I've seen with a heron.

GReaT Work


a200user Jan 18, 2009 5:59 PM

I'm Green-here-in envy. Beautiful shots. These should certainly change our views on the Tokina 80-400mm. There were 2 versions of this lens in Pentax mount the AT-X AF and the AT-X AFII. From the specs the only difference appears to be a tripod collar on the AFII. Which version do you have, and does anyone know if there are any other differences in the two - just in case I am lucky enough to find them?


mtnman Jan 18, 2009 9:08 PM

Awesome pictures. I agree with everyone else -- the view from immediately above is fascinating. A few songbirds stay in our area for the winter, but it will be quite a while before any herons return to where I live.

snooked Jan 18, 2009 10:11 PM

My Tokina is the first versionand needs to be stopped down to f9 to be sharpest at 400mm. The newer version was supposed to be a slight improvement. What I like about it is how light and compact it is for a 400mm. It also still auto focuses great at 400mm with a 1.5x TC.


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