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 Post subject: Egrets
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:03 am 
I've been getting shots of egrets lately. This one is a Snowy Egret (according to Wikipedia), with black bill and yellow feet (can't see them here). The orange/brown ploom occurs during mating. I don't know if it's male or female (it's supposed to be hard to tell the difference by apperance). Sorry, I don't get the ISO info from my D50 (Nikon says I need to use Nikon software -- not), but it was probably ISO 400.
Image 1/500, f/8, 70-300mm VR @ 300mm

Image 1/320, f/8, 70-300mm VR @ 300mm

Image 1/500, f/8, 70-300mm VR @ 300mm
Questions and comments are welcome :D


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:06 am 
Nice shots!! Do you do a lot of wildlife photography?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:16 am 
Hi markh. Thanks :D I am lucky to have a small park in my suburban California town that attracts a good variety of creatures -- I even spotted a river otter the other day. There are lots of ducks, geese, and gulls, turtles, and an occasional cormorant. I don't venture too far off though.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:08 am 
Nice capture Brian . :)
Did you focus on the eyes like what was recommended by most books or just point and shoot once it comes in focus ?
I think I am the later , though I tried .. to focus on the heads now - more often than not.
At f8 the whole picture seems to be in focus .. have you got any bokeh like ?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:03 pm 
Thanks David. The egret was 75ft to 100ft away so I was just hoping autofocus would figure things out. I always use spot metering and aim for the head, hoping as you suggest, to get the eye, or at least the head in the best focus. I shoot f/8 90 percent of the time -- the lens lends itself to it. While the DOF seems deep in these shots, I was shooting from about 10 above the subject which spread it somewhat. I've often had trouble keeping two objects in focus that are only a couple of feet apart. Here is another shot of another egret with a cormorant where the comorant is only slightly forward, but enough to be out of focus.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:37 pm 
Thanks Brian but I was thinking more like a blurred out foreground or background.
I dont pixel peep that often and if you print the last pic out in say 4R, most people will not see any out-of focus. :roll:

It is a very good shot, nonetheless.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:29 pm 
Sorry David, I know what you meant, I just got thinking in the wrong direction. I was looking over my photos and I don't have any good bokeh examples. I have a several pictures like this one, but the backdrop is at a distance. I've been concentrating so much on getting the whole subject in focus that I've been reluctant to go to a wider aperture. Also, I don't have the lens sorted out in terns of what works best at various distances yet. Thanks for making a point of that, I'll be thinking about bokeh next time I'm out :? :D
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:57 pm 
Thanks Brian and the last one - was really fantastic ! :D
The blurred out background makes the subject stands out :!:
Just love it..


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:05 pm 
You really made me think about some things, David. Thanks again! :D


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