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Old Oct 3, 2009, 5:24 PM   #1
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Have I said recently how much I like my K-7?

This morning I finally succeeded in capturing a series of shots of a killdeer in flight. As fast as these guys flay, and as small as they are, they pose a real challenge to follow in flight. I caught a seven shot burst, all of which were in focus, but this one stood out.




Only post-processing was a crop.

Picked up a little noise when he flew higher and I had only sky as background, so I used Noiseware on this one



He had been enjoying a little drink when I got too close



K-7 with the Bigma....ISO 400, f/10.0, 1/800, - 0.3 EV.

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Old Oct 3, 2009, 7:46 PM   #2
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Great shots Paul! The Killdeer in flight is indeed a challenging subject. The K-7 tracking is fantastic.

I am loving mine as well. Were you shooting RAW or JPEG?

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Old Oct 3, 2009, 9:31 PM   #3
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Were you shooting RAW or JPEG?

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Thanks for the kind words, Lou. Because I want to minimize save time and buffer issues, I always shoot JPEG if I'm going to be burst shooting (sports, BIF, etc). I am more likely to shoot RAW on landscapes or set pieces.

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Wow ! I'll say that first one is a 'standout'. The 2nd one is not far behind either, well done, fantastic captures.

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Having failed many times to get a decent Kildeer shot, I am truly impressed. Thanks for sharing the results of your patience and skill!
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WOW, that is great! Amazing you could keep it in the viewfinder let along get the shot in focus.

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I second Tom's comment. I spent one morning last week trying to photograph sea gulls in flight. The camera worked really well, my only trouble was finding the bird in the viewfinder and then trying to track it. By the time I managed to get it together, the bird was flying away and I ended up with lots of tails and feet, few heads. And sea gulls are far easier than kildeers, so I'm really impressed.
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Hi Paul,

#1 is exceptional!!! Great capture!

I've been able to get a few shots of these guys in flight, but only at a distance where the shots were pretty useless, except for ID purposes, and since the distance was greater, it was easy to track these very fast little guys. I can tell that they're in the area from hearing their high pitched peeps, but usually don't spot them until they take off, so I'm rarely in any position to get any good shots.

OT -- I just got a notice that the PO tried to deliver my O Flash today. . . I'll pick it up tomorrow. Just 7 days after I placed the order -- coming from Korea -- much faster than I had anticipated. Very cool -- I'll have something to play with for a couple of days. . .

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I agree -- these are great shots. I'm still climbing the learning curve of my new K20, and I'm delighted with the capabilities of that camera, but it's clear that the K7 runs circles around the K20 in several crucial areas.
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the first one is a beauty
great focus and nice pose
the light was right for you too
so often i have the shadow side (if i can keep the bird in the viewfinder)

was shake reduction on ?
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