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Old Jun 17, 2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Snowy Egrets, Deja Vu

I went back again today to try and get better exposure of the Egrets. This time I used a tripod (SR off), and the Tokina 80-400mm with a Tamron 1.4 Pz-AF MC4 TC. The Egret was more distant than the last time. All shots required cropping of about 33%.

I used higher shutter speeds and smaller apertures (forcing me to use 800 ISO) and center weighted metering. I had to filter out noise in PP.

I thought there was improvement in the pictures this time but would like your feedback.

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F19, 1/750" (-1EV)


A Red Winged Blackbird landed in a tree and I took the camera off the tripod and took this shot forgetting to put the shake reduction back on and was surprised at the result I got hand held at 840mm equivalent.

Showing his epaulets F19, 1/125"

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All very good, No.2 is fabulous and those epaulettes are bit gaudy.
The detail is amazing for a teleconverter and the whites came out so well to.

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Agree with Rodney,

great work

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seen these in a couple of years..
i did see a small blue heronn and a green backed today.. maybe they're coming back..
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They look good to me, Lou. I like the #2, 3 and 4 and the blackbird is amazing considering the hand held. Good job.

I may have to go out there and see if I can't find some of these. I can't believe all the times we've been there and I've never seen them.

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Glad to see I'm not the only one fighting this problem.
I find when I stop everything down far enough to avoid blow outs, then the rest of the image is way too dark or the ISO is so hi I have more noise than detail.
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All very good, No.2 is fabulous and those epaulettes are bit gaudy.
The detail is amazing for a teleconverter and the whites came out so well to.

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Rodney,

I hope I will be able to improve the whites further, only time will tell. I was as surprised (pleasantly ) as you with the lens TC combo.

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Agree with Rodney,

great work

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Ronny,

Thanks for your Ditto and kind comment.

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seen these in a couple of years..
i did see a small blue heronn and a green backed today.. maybe they're coming back..
Robar,

When they come back I look forward to seeing your pictures of them.

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They look good to me, Lou. I like the #2, 3 and 4 and the blackbird is amazing considering the hand held. Good job.

I may have to go out there and see if I can't find some of these. I can't believe all the times we've been there and I've never seen them.

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Patty,

I have no idea how many Egrets there are. I did see several flying around the area off in the distance from where I found this one. As you know there is a lot of real estate out there. It appears there is an abundance of small fish that they are dinning on. I found both of these at the first long parking area on the right hand side of the road just after the first roped off beach parking area.

I suggest that if you are going there; go ASAP as the nasty green head flies are beginning to emerge. Try to go on a day when there is a strong sea breeze coming off the ocean, as that pushes them inland.

Thanks for the nice comments.

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