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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Mon 04-Mar-13 09:08 PM
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"Yellowstone"
Tue 05-Mar-13 04:04 AM by bobpilot

Washington, US
          

The 600 did a fine job; at times I added a 1.7 TC.

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DaddySS Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Dec 2006Mon 04-Mar-13 10:23 PM
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#1. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Woodcliff Lake, US
          

Great shots! I especially like #6, 3/4 shot of the Bighorn.

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Tue 05-Mar-13 04:25 AM
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#4. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

Thank you.

The big horn are majestic animals; they seem to look good from any angle.

  

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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Tue 05-Mar-13 01:56 AM
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Grimsby, CA
          

I was wondering how you made out. Love #3 in particular, although #8 is very nice too.

Jim

  

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Tue 05-Mar-13 04:20 AM
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Tue 05-Mar-13 04:23 AM by bobpilot

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Thank you!

#3: In the shot previous there are just two adolescent males fighting, then the third joined in the fun. Adolescent males in a fight; nothing new about that no matter what the species.

I am glad the problem with sharpness turned out to be two problems with my D3s: a damaged mounting ring and an internal focus problem. Of course, I still get unsharp images, but now it's my fault.

One issue I struggled with was when the animal was still I used single point focus and then if he then got up and moved I had to remember to change to dynamic focus; more often than not, I didn't have time, or forgot. I should stay in dynamic, but I read that single point (or whatever the non dynamic is called) produces sharper images.

I also noticed that if I was using a slow shutter speed for a stationary subject (not an animal) and a low ISO, if I wanted to capture an animal image, I had to shift my thoughts and remember to increase the ISO and change aperture. While this seems oh so easy, it can be a challenge for me, (I bet I'm the only one here who has a hard time with this). Might the high altitude and cold air be a factor in brain function?

Today I was shooting a formation in Mammoth Hot Springs when two coyotes moved up the hill; I remembered to increase the iso, but forgot to change aperture until after a few exposures; I got one nice shot though.

  

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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011Tue 05-Mar-13 11:20 PM
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#7. "RE: Yellowstone"
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McEwen, US
          

>Thank you!
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>One issue I struggled with was when the animal was still I
>used single point focus and then if he then got up and moved I
>had to remember to change to dynamic focus; more often than
>not, I didn't have time, or forgot. I should stay in dynamic,
>but I read that single point (or whatever the non dynamic is
>called) produces sharper images.
>
>I also noticed that if I was using a slow shutter speed for a
>stationary subject (not an animal) and a low ISO, if I wanted
>to capture an animal image, I had to shift my thoughts and
>remember to increase the ISO and change aperture. While this
>seems oh so easy, it can be a challenge for me, (I bet I'm the
>only one here who has a hard time with this). Might the high
>altitude and cold air be a factor in brain function?
>
>Today I was shooting a formation in Mammoth Hot Springs when
>two coyotes moved up the hill; I remembered to increase the
>iso, but forgot to change aperture until after a few
>exposures; I got one nice shot though.


You should not have to change from single-point UNLESS you have locked focus. And then (it seems to me) if you just unlock the focus, then put your single point on the animal where you need it... the single point should lock on quickly and do its job. I never assume an animal is going to stay still, I just use single point and move it with the animal.

Nice series, good job dealing with the snow & cold!

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Tue 05-Mar-13 11:07 AM
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#5. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Ottawa, CA
          


Terrific series of shots!

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danshep Silver Member Charter MemberTue 05-Mar-13 09:37 PM
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#6. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Olympia, US
          


I like #4 best, but would like to see #7 in portrait.

Nice series.


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af4nc Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2007Tue 05-Mar-13 11:46 PM
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#8. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Yardley, US
          

Great series, that 600 is working well

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Tallow Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2009Wed 06-Mar-13 03:17 AM
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#9. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, CA
          

very nice shots Bob. 3 and 4 are my favorite

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Fri 08-Mar-13 04:29 AM
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#10. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

Image number 5

I like the action; he's moving and kicking up snow. It is not perfeclty sharp and I don't know why.

It was shot at 1/2500; f/6.3

What focus modes do you use when the subject is moving toward you?

Bob

  

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shotglass Gold Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2010Wed 11-Sep-13 04:49 PM
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#11. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Springfield Ohio, US
          

Terrific series Bob. You've captured some great images.

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Thu 12-Sep-13 04:31 PM
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#18. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

Thank you. Yellowstone was a good experience. I wore a coat designed for hunters; snow camo. the camo is of little use, but it was a quiet material, which is critical.

  

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#12. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Vantaa, FI
          

Very nice shots. #2 and #7 are my favorites.

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Thu 12-Sep-13 04:32 PM
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#19. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

Thank you. I enjoyed Yellowstone; easy shooting and few people. I also had the right clothes to keep warm.

  

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jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004Wed 11-Sep-13 08:40 PM
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#13. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Durban, ZA
          

Great series.

Yes cold and altitude can affect presence of mind.....after trekking in the early hours and bitter cold up Nev. Pisco (18500ft) in Peru I managed to take a whole series of once-in-a-lifetime sunrise landscapes at f5.6!!!

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Thu 12-Sep-13 02:41 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Nice series Bob. I'm moving away from the general opinions & am choosing #9. I like the eye contact......Scotty

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vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Thu 12-Sep-13 02:59 AM
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#15. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Denver, US
          

Very nice series! Looks like you had a great time.

Thanks for sharing,


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#16. "RE: Yellowstone"
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US
          

Great series of shots. I like #7 the most personally, but you should be quite happy with all of them. Overall, how did you like your TC? I am thinking about getting one for my new lens (80-400mm).

I'm off to Yellowstone soon...can't wait!

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Thu 12-Sep-13 04:33 PM
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#20. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

The TC had little use; softened the image, and the 600 was adequate.

  

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Biker Bill Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Nov 2009Thu 12-Sep-13 10:49 AM
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#17. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Lakeville, US
          

Dark animals against snow are difficult shots to get but you nailed them.

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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007Thu 12-Sep-13 04:35 PM
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#21. "RE: Yellowstone"
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Washington, US
          

the overcast sky helped the exposure. I'd have to check what exposure method I used, I tend to use Center-weighed, but not sure what I used here.

  

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