I've not had a good migrants season and it is coming to an end soon. I guess I can blame it on world weather changing but my normal haunts are just not up to par for water levels, vegetation and birds!
The Kingfishers and Harriers are still around and fun but getting bored with them.
Out of boredom I have been playing with what I have. These are some from last month just to get some opinions All shot with D3S, 300 2.8vr w/tc at -2 or -1 EV
obviously click image for larger and exif
TC2 TC2 TC2
Just trying for different images so candid thoughts please Cheers, Tom
#4. "RE: Thanks Guys...." In response to Reply # 3
The D3S is a lot of fun for action shots and I keep playing with shooting white birds .
Jim, right on with the Cattle Egret. They are more interesting in Breeding Plumage . The Second one is a female Bronze Winged Jacana. Tough to get in flight and normally only at distance. This was a two shot wonder and the second was showing me its' rear.
The other two are the Indian Pond Heron of which I have plenty and they are always good for action...lots of frogs and fish get eaten .
The fourth image was actually two clicks before the 3rd.
Jim, I'm probably going to get the D7100 but buffer.... this is a jpeg out of camera from yesterday. I shot 204+ of this KF/fish with the D3S. It took the Kingfisher different four goes (fish in throat) to finally get it eaten! Lots of funny shots and I'll have see which ones to PP. The D3S buffer had a problem even with me stopping to change settings a couple of times 500vr w/tc1.7
ps Tom, A.J. really only gets on the site at weekends (last week he had a week off school for Mid-Term projects). He has seen your comment and will happily reply
I think I'll be shooting birds in flight mostly with the 300 f2.8 VR in 1.25x (It isn't 1.3x!) crop mode, mostly around f4 to f5 (575mm f7.6 to f9.5 equivalent). In 12 bit lossless I'll get 12 shots and the buffer will likely clear in 5 seconds with the fast cards. Not perfect, but worth a shot - especially as the autofocus should scream!
#6. "RE: Playing with -EV" In response to Reply # 0 Mon 04-Mar-13 12:42 AM by Dubes
Sorry Tom, missed these. I know you post more in the gallery section vs. the wildlife forum, and I do the opposite, posting to the gallery, but linking the images to my forum posts. If those you haven't, you really need to click on the iamges to view larger files in Tom's gallery section. #1 looks really nice with the 1.7TC, nice work on exposure of the egret. Not sure if you masked the bird to sharpen or adjust exposure, just looks a little harsh around the edges. #2 - looks pretty soft all over - large crop? #3 & #4 - very nicely done Tom, exposure spot on! Also the 1/2000 sec shutter really stopped the action.
I boght the 2xTCIII a couple of years ago and used it on my trip to Costa Rica, wasn't a big fan of it on the 70-200, haven't really given it a good chance on the 600mm VR. Always found it a touch soft when comapring side-by-side with images taken without. However, when I look back and look at the images with the 2xTC on their own, they don't appear too bad. Moose Peterson seems to swear by it, but so far froM what I've seen (BUT no hands on experience), I'd stick with the 1.7 and crop. Any one want to trade an almost new 2xTC for a 1.7??
#10. "RE: Playing with -EV" In response to Reply # 6 Wed 06-Mar-13 11:58 PM by tommiejeep
Richard thanks for the plug . It has been so long since I participated in the Forum that I will have to remember my etiquette .
As you know I post a lot of 'almost' shots in the galleries just for fun so I can take them down anytime.
Many thanks for the analysis. I am in the habit of adding a touch of universal USM when I have to drop down the size for posting. Smugmug has a better auto sharpening
Number two is not a huge crop. It was a quickdraw and just did not nail the focus. Normally these are at 30+ meters , this was actually quite close and I just do not get a shot very often.
I like the last two. I can easily recover some of the background but then it is a matter of getting the colours right and I just liked the effect .
TC2III.... I've pretty much given up with it on the 70-200vrII and have only tried it a couple of times with the 500vr. Everything seems soft . I tend to shoot at too long distances. It does work pretty darn good with the 300 2.8vr but I am with you on preferring the 1.7 .