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shibes Gold Member Nikonian since 05th Jul 2010Sun 06-Jan-13 09:46 PM
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"Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"


Houston, US
          

Took a week off and went exploring Texas with a rental lens and my new D800. First shot is the D800 with the Sigma 150-500mm in heavy fog. My first Crested Caracara despite living in Florida for 13 years!

Wondering if I'm shooting at too low an f-stop for the BIFs (Harrier eye Ok but the rest looks soft).

As always, comments and feedback appreciated!

Crested Caracara Juvenile @ Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR
D800 Sigma 150-500mm w/1.4X
ISO 400 | -0.33 EV | f/9 1/500 @ 700M



Northern Harrier @ Warren Lake
D800 Nikon 200-400mm f/4 w/2X
ISO 400 | -0.33 EV | f/9 1/1250 @ 600M



Brown Pelicans @ Smith Point
D800 Nikon 200-400mm f/4 w/2X
ISO 800 | -0.33 EV | f/8 1/2500 @ 800M



ISO 800 | -0.33 EV | f/8 1/4000 @ 800M



Northern Shovelers @ Warren Lake
D800 Nikon 200-400mm f/4 w/2X
ISO 500 | -0.33 EV | f/11 1/640 @ 750M

Linda Schaible
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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 06-Jan-13 11:11 PM
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#1. "RE: Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"
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Mississauga, CA
          

Nice collection of shots Linda, no expert in BIF shots, so can't help there, but you seem to have enough shutter speed and f-stop.
Which 2x TC are you using?

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shibes Gold Member Nikonian since 05th Jul 2010Mon 07-Jan-13 11:03 AM
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#3. "RE: Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"
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Houston, US
          

Thenew Nikon TCE III, which does really well for less active shots.

Any tips on shooting in fog? The light seemed to change throughout the morning, so some were grey, others bluefish, and some even on the warm yellow side?

Thanks for taking a look and giving feedback.

LAS

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Tue 08-Jan-13 09:02 PM
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#5. "RE: Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"
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Tue 08-Jan-13 09:03 PM by Dubes

Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Linda, just curious. I have the same TC and so far have not been totally happy with it, especially for the price that Nikon charge for it. I found it works well on subjects realtively close, 20-25 feet away, but anything beyond that, the image quality seems to drop off quite quickly. I've found this using it on my 70-200mm VR + the 600mm VR.

Once again don't have a lot of experience shooting in fog, but I'd think setting a +0.3 EV on th camera might help. Also, when I have trouble with white balance, and since I shoot & process RAW files in Capture NX, I can easily adjust the white balance in the RAW file until it looks like I remebered (or imagined) it.

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vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Mon 07-Jan-13 01:21 AM
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#2. "RE: Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"
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Denver, US
          

Nice shots Linda. The Caracara was a great find. BIFs are really tough. I believe you have sufficient speed. It may be the 2x causing problems. You may also want to self evaluate panning technique and lens steadiness. I do that all of the time.

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shibes Gold Member Nikonian since 05th Jul 2010Mon 07-Jan-13 11:08 AM
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#4. "RE: Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, Shovelers, & Pelican BIFs"
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Houston, US
          

Hey Vaughn -

I try and use a tripod as much as possible - I'm a bit of a shorty, so the long lenses are awkward for me to hand hold, so used a Wimbereley for all.

Seems like I have a harder time with the faster birds - Kingfishers forget it!

Agree on the practice and self-eval. Next step may be same bird 2x off and stay a bit ahead vs on the bird.

Thanks for taking a look and giving some feedback. Always appreciated.

LAS

Linda Schaible
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