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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberFri 21-Sep-12 01:10 PM
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"Great Blue Heron at Heinz"


Philadelphia, US
          

I was really fortunate to be able to get quite close to this Great Blue Heron yesterday afternoon. I was inside what I have come to understand is this bird's "circle of fear." For some reason it ignored me. Conditions at the Refuge were wonderful for photography, with no humidity, temperature about 70ºF (21ºC), a beautiful afternoon sun and a light breeze.

The stats are: Nikon D4, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VRII, ISO-800, f/7, 1/3200 sec.

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cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Fri 21-Sep-12 08:58 PM
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Plover, US
          

Very nice capture Ned - wonderfully sharp.

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niknac37 Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Dec 2007Sat 22-Sep-12 07:25 AM
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Mysore, IN
          

Wow what clarity, the combo of gear is great. Love the light ripples around the legs. Wish you could get the full ref too, but with 500 and so close I am sure this is best you could manage. TFS

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberSat 22-Sep-12 11:13 AM
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Philadelphia, US
          

Thank you. That's exactly it. I couldn't get far enough away for that.

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Watto Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2010Sat 22-Sep-12 10:11 AM
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G`day Ned , nice photo, its very sharp and the detail is real good. Love the eye, did you manage to get the whole reflection in.

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberSat 22-Sep-12 11:19 AM
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Sat 22-Sep-12 11:20 AM by Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
          

Thanks. I couldn't get the whole reflection. I was on a 350' (107m) long walkway over a pond and what you see is all I could get. What you don't see is also a great deal of spatterdock. Thinking back, I don't think the reflection was actually all there.

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jot2nik Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2007Sat 22-Sep-12 02:28 PM
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Troy, US
          

Ned, wonderful Image. Very striking, color, sharpness and composition.

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberSat 22-Sep-12 10:06 PM
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Philadelphia, US
          

Thanks you very much John. I really appreciate it.

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Rancho Cordova, US
          

Beautiful image, Ned! Love the colors.

(I'm really starting to think I need to get a better telephoto lens.)


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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberSat 22-Sep-12 10:23 PM
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Philadelphia, US
          

Thanks very much Anthony.

I don't think it's so much a better lens which would serve you well as much as a longer lens. You've got an AF 70-300 f/4-5.6D ED. Over time I found that 300mm wasn't enough to get sharp detail. That's why I went to the 500mm after much talk here at Nikonians, mostly in this Wildlife forum, but also in the Nikkor Autofocus Lenses forum. I discussed the Sigmas vs the Nikon and all kinds of parameters before settling on the Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VRII.

I had been using the Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR prior to getting the 500mm, but I felt longer was necessary, especially for the smaller birds like the warblers. On my older D200 the 80-400mm got more reach, but its focusing was on the slow side and it wasn't fast enough. The 80-400mm is generally fine overall, but if I'm nitpicking which I do with lenses a lot, because to me it matters, it degrades from being really good once you pass about 300-320mm good, but no longer really good. On the D700, it was much better at focusing, but frankly the 500mm is in another ball park as far as overall sharpness and the ability to pull in contrast well, and other parameters too.

Of course another characteristic about the 500mm is that for many it's a budget buster.

You have a D700 and I love that DSLR for wildlife. I found I could shoot at ISO=800 with essentially no noise which enabled me to get high shutter speeds for wildlife and use f/stops as high as f/7.1 with little trouble.

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af4nc Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2007Mon 24-Sep-12 08:53 PM
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Yardley, US
          

Great shot Ned, beautiful!

BTW I retired June 30th, went out west went hiking and backpacking in Great Smokies, Colorado, Moab Utah, Yosemite and 6 weeks in Yellowstone including a work shop by John and Barbara Gerlach on horseback.

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter MemberTue 25-Sep-12 01:07 AM
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Philadelphia, US
          

That sounds like great fun. I've hike and spent time in all those locales myself, but only 6 days in Yellowstone, not 6 weeks. I'm hoping to raft down the Colorado in 2014. Next summer is already booked up.

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