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Old Apr 29, 2012, 9:44 PM   #11
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Love the series, and nice butterfly photos. But I love the GBH, definitely my favorites. Keep posting these, you are doing a good job of talking me into this lens. Maybe in the fall I'll be able to manage it.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:30 AM   #12
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Great heron shots and those butterflies aren't bad either.

I only wish you used another lens, because the more I see it's results the more I want it.

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Old Apr 30, 2012, 9:01 PM   #13
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I echo all the previous comments. I love the GBH coming straight at you, and I have never witnessed anything like the carp spawning frenzy. Must have been quite a sight.
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I echo all the previous comments. I love the shot of the GBH coming straight at you. I have never seen anything like the carp spawning frenzy. Must have been quite a sight.
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Ronny & Mtngal - Glad you liked the series. The 150-500 is indeed a great lens and can get that LBA going. I caught mine from Snooked (Ed).

Mtnman - The spawning carp were a hoot to watch. I was surprised at how well the shots came out as it was a shaded scene. Last year the spring sight was so different, thousands of dead carp and no live ones. I think maybe the Oxygen level of the pond may have dropped and caused their death.

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Old May 1, 2012, 6:26 PM   #16
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Great shots. I see you are using 1/1000 for the birds. Do you find that is fast enough?
Your photos show that it is but I was wondering.
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Old May 1, 2012, 7:25 PM   #17
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John339 - Perhaps a slightly higher shutter speed may have been better. I have been using TAv mode where I set the shutter speed and aperture and let the camera pick the ISO. For the most part this mode works well most of the time. Much depends on what the lighting conditions are where I am shooting. I am still experimenting with the camera lens combination and it will be trial an error for a while.

I did not see much motion blur except for the head on GBH shot. All the shots were hand held and I was shooting in RAW and perhaps for birds I should use JPG.

I will be bird shooting again tomorrow and will do some more experimenting with settings.

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Would the JPG mode let you shoot faster?
Hand held is not for me so far. I cannot keep still enough unless I can lean against something.
I do agree I don't see blur on your shots so maybe i can slow my shutter speed to 1/1000 and see how that works for me.
Thank you for answering my newbie questions.
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Old May 2, 2012, 6:21 AM   #19
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Shooting JPG will give me faster and longer bursts when shooting BIF.

Leaning against a tree or post is a big help and I often do this when one or the other is available.

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