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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:17 AM   #1
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Found these Green Winged Teals out in a small pond. The Male always had his head under water which made for a tough exposure with his wet head.

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:19 AM   #2
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#2 The male with the wet head...

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:26 AM   #3
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#3 The Female..
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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#4 Another of the male

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 9:43 AM   #5
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I think for some reason the focus seems to be off.
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:49 PM   #6
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I think for some reason the focus seems to be off.
I don't see a DOF. Camera shake. You don't need much with the D200.

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 1:10 PM   #7
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I'll bet the " soft " is from the crop. Bloody birds need to be in your lap for a full frame at 400mm. Excellent shot of a very pretty duck.
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I am having some of the same problems with my new D70 and Sigma100-300 f/4.* I am trying to learn the right settings for a good crisp shot.* Using aprature mode and selecting a sharper exposure helps some but I still need to work on it.* It doesn't help that I have been a hand-hold photographer for most of my life.* I think I am going to have to give in and use a tripod for those 400-600mm shots.* I just don't like giving up the freedom of movement.* Oh well, As they say, " Life's a b*tch and then you die."* Nice job, btw, getting so close to a notoriously shy duck.* All the best,* Steve
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 4:39 PM   #9
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I am having some of the same problems with my new D70 and Sigma100-300 f/4. I am trying to learn the right settings for a good crisp shot. Using aprature mode and selecting a sharper exposure helps some but I still need to work on it. It doesn't help that I have been a hand-hold photographer for most of my life. I think I am going to have to give in and use a tripod for those 400-600mm shots. I just don't like giving up the freedom of movement. Oh well, As they say, " Life's a b*tch and then you die." Nice job, btw, getting so close to a notoriously shy duck. All the best, Steve
When I upgraded from the D1x to the D2x I was surprised at how many of my first shots looked soft.

Following various boards, I found out that the D2x (and now the D200) because of the number of pixels crammed onto a small sensor, are more subject to camera shake then my older D1x.

I took a GOOD look at my shooting technique. I pride myself on being steady. I often shoot handheld with both 800mm and 1100mm spotting scopes.

I found that I was moving the camera as I depressed the button. It was as if my hearing the shutter move ended the shot.

Such of course is not the case. The camera forced me to improve my technique. I am much more consious of this problem now - and now that I AM, it's no longer a problem.

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Thanks Dave,* That's a great point.* I will definately have to be conscious of those small movements when I'm shooting.* Steve
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