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Old Jul 25, 2009, 6:37 PM   #11
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Nice work as always Marc!
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 3:41 PM   #12
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Very nice Marc, any chance of a short tutorial on the PP used in the first image to get such a sharp image with such a slow shutter speed using a 300mm lens and a TC?

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I missed these too, another loss for me, wonderful shots.

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Thank you Rodney - glad you enjoyed them!

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Congratulations - No 1 joins a great collection of images you have put there.

#2 is great to show the iridescent gorget and other feather detai, but unfortunately suffers from shallow DOF in that the bill is so out of focus you can hardly see it and the head looks turned around! A good image, but with your standard of perfection I can see why you didn't submit it.
Much appreciated Penolta and it was hard to not boost the ISO and increase the aperture/DOF. It's tough sometimes as to what's the best option!!

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Those are great photos, Marc-

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Actually I love photographing these birds - extremely photogenic. I enjoy their aerial acrobatics and they are like little hot rods, buzzing around everywhere!! Thank you for the kind words.

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I am even more stoked about my upcoming Utah Photography Workshops this Sept. of 2009!!!!

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Old Jul 26, 2009, 4:00 PM   #14
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Very nice Marc, any chance of a short tutorial on the PP used in the first image to get such a sharp image with such a slow shutter speed using a 300mm lens and a TC?

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Hi Tom, thanks and not a problem to try to remember... oh boy...

First off, I'll copy and paste the text from the original post:

"This time I did some selective exposure tweaks and ran Noise Ninja with Unsharp Mask of 114% @ 0.9 pixels. No cropping in the first image, minimal in the second image. Taken at the MFD of 6 feet. I wanted to have them at the level that I would give to my lab if I would want print them at 16 x 20 or larger."

Basically that first image would not have been a good candidate had it not been a relatively sharp image to begin with. Now that I think about this more and more with your question in mind: is it not really more an issue with the lens shooting technique I use? I ask this since my technique laid the foundation for coming up with an image that was easy to work with. I don't believe in using a lot of PP to rescue an image. I'll do some exposure tweaks, etc. to brighten things if needed, but the sharpness is really about technique, even at such low shutter speeds.

Therefore with your sharpness question in mind, I'll cover the lens shooting techniques that I use? If I am wrong on this, please let me know.

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The lens shooting techniques would be very nice of you to share.

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Old Aug 25, 2009, 8:22 PM   #16
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It's been very busy and my upcoming workshop has backlogged other stuff - namely house chores, etc....

The key in longer lens shooting is stabilizing your lens with both your hands AND your face. No remote or cabled shutter was needed for those hummer shots. This technique dampens the movement created by the squeezing (not pressing) of the shutter button. By combining the two, it makes a big difference in how low an effective shutter speed can be achieved while obtaining sharp images.

Often I'll drape the left hand near the hood (near the front element ring) so as to stabilize the movement initiated by the movements of your finger/hands around the camera. I normally keep most of my palm on the barrel as I do not wish to stress the hood on the lens in any way, even though it's a very stout connection (screw on).

I shoot with both eyes open much of the time so I can anticipate movement outside the viewfinder possibly coming into the viewfinder. This is a somewhat common technique amongst top sports shooters. I've adapted it to my needs...

Again, please ask if I've not clarified something very well.

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Very nice Marc, any chance of a short tutorial on the PP used in the first image to get such a sharp image with such a slow shutter speed using a 300mm lens and a TC?

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I second that Marc. I think with F2.8 your 300mm has some maneuver room to get a TC dropping only one stop. Seems to be the perfect match .
Also the first image with eye contact stands out

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Thanks Marc, I wish I could make you class in Utah but it just isn't in the cards this year since I was just there.

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Wow, incredible detail.
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