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Old Dec 26, 2004, 5:13 PM   #1
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Zoomn,
Nice series.
It looks like the poor Hooded Mergansers head is going to explode in the last shot.

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Zoomn,
Nice series.
It looks like the poor Hooded Mergansers head is going to explode in the last shot. That's what happens when you over rev. an engine.:G

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Old Dec 26, 2004, 8:06 PM   #4
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Good job Zoomn, you are so close to the right shutter it hurts. If you get another chance at these you might try boosing ISO a touch and increasing shutter slightly. However, on second look it appears that it might be an ever so slight OOF rather than a shutter. I love the action.
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Thanks for taking a look.

Normcar it was a really dark day and the majority of the pics I took came out a little blurry.

I was at ISO 1000 and f6.3 which is my lowest at 500mm. These were handheld as well so I had everything against me, so I was pretty happy with how well these came out.

Wouldn't surprise me if they are a bit oof at well as these merganzers go from sitting still to running on the water to take offin a split second.
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I just tooka closer look at the merganzer and the head seems in focus now. I just got up from a nap before checking your photos out so I was probably still waking up. 1000 is certainly fast enough to freeze the bird. I hope you get another chance at these guys.

Edit: see, still half asleep, your ISO was 1000, not your shutter.
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Wouldn't surprise me if they are a bit oof at well as these merganzers go from sitting still to running on the water to take offin a split second.
You aren't kidding about that either, zoomn. I tried to sneak up on a pair of them at some local golf course ponds near me the other day and just as I was getting ready to snap the shots they noticed me and were off quicker than I could even blink an eye! I got no shots...

Love the action in these shots and that last one of the male really shows up how elaborate his head plumage is.

So, what was your shutter speeds? Also, I didn't realize that the Nikon bodies, unlike the Canons, can step in ISO atsuch fine granularitylike that. What are your other ISO increments?
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Hi Geoffs,

I was ISO 1000 f6.3 and I think my shutter was about 250. Really cloudy day.

I don'tunderstand the question you asked me.

As far as ISO increments it starts at 200 250 320 400 500 640 800 1000 1250 1600 is max. Past 640 most shots will require some noise removal.


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You answered my question for me, zoomn. You can step your iso setting in much finer increments than you can on the Canon bodies. My iso choices are 100,200,400,800,1600,3200.

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You can step your iso setting in much finer increments than you can on the Canon bodies.
Naughty, naughty, Geoff.

The Mark II: L 100 125 160 200 250 320 400 500 640 800 1000 1250 1600 H

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