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Old May 3, 2005, 8:33 PM   #21
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Very nice norm and you have a knack for getting birds in flight.

I was at a large local lake yesterday trying to get some pics of the same thing but just wound up with empty sky...lol....I probably looked like I washaving seizures.
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:17 PM   #22
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wonderful shots Norm, Ive never seen a blue swallow.

maybe you can help me.

I need some advise as to settings for a 100-300 4.5-5.6 lens on an overcast dull day.

F8 at 400 ISO just does not seem to get sharp shots on these kind of days. I notice you seem to be able to get bright enough shots in this kind of weather.

any suggestions?
Thanks Julie, If I were you I'd try opening the lens up to it's maximum in order to get as much shutter as you can, which means 5.6, even if it's a touch soft because you can process that sort of softness out easier than blur IMO.As well, consider that low contrast grey days is the most difficult time to get sharp images because good contrast is in and of itself an element of sharpness, so don't be too annoyed with your lens. I used to get quite upset with the performance of some of my best lenses on grey days until I realized that it isn't the lens, but the fact of low contrast. If you can set up your shot with a background that will provide you with more contrast then that will probably help as well, and do your best to completely avoid any backlight situations. I would say that a grey sky is about the worst possible background for sharpness. In short, for action shots my advice would be: wide open, the highest bearable ISO possible and fastest shutter speed without underexposing because underexposure will cause the most noise in digital images. For non-moving subjects use a tripod or stabalize your lens against a tree, wall, or other,so that you can use a slower shutter, try to lower your ISO as much as possible, use the aperture that your lens gets maximum sharpness at, and hold the top of your lens putting downward pressure on the barrel in order to lower vibrations.

Thanks for the info, will try it out.
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Great stuff Normcar.

The fifth one down is my favorite. The feeling of suspended energy and motion in that shot is amazing. The slight out of focus from the motion just adds to the mood of the shot.

All these are really well done. You have really been putting out some great stuff, as usual. Bet you are glad to have the birds back after that long winter.

I don't get on here as much as I would like but I always have to check out your stuff so I get over here when I can.


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Very nice norm and you have a knack for getting birds in flight.

I was at a large local lake yesterday trying to get some pics of the same thing but just wound up with empty sky...lol....I probably looked like I washaving seizures.
Thanks VP, I appreciate your kind comment and wish you well in getting that bird shot. I got a kick out of the seizure comment as I know exactly what you mean, been there, done that :-)
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Great stuff Normcar.

The fifth one down is my favorite. The feeling of suspended energy and motion in that shot is amazing. The slight out of focus from the motion just adds to the mood of the shot.

All these are really well done. You have really been putting out some great stuff, as usual. Bet you are glad to have the birds back after that long winter.

I don't get on here as much as I would like but I always have to check out your stuff so I get over here when I can.

Thanks zoomn, I hope that you will be able to find more time to post in the future and it's always a pleasure to hear from you. Thanks for the nice words.
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