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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 01-Apr-13 03:39 AM
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"Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."


Mankato, US
          

I photographed this surprised rooster pheasant after my dog, Luna flushed it from heavy switch grass. D300, 300/2.8 @ f5.6, SS 1/3200, ISO 640, Hand held.

Mark


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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Mon 01-Apr-13 03:57 AM
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Grimsby, CA
          

Wow! Absolutely stunning Mark. It's all downhill from this shot!

Jim

  

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 01-Apr-13 11:51 AM
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Mankato, US
          

That's what I thought, Jim! Only took me 3 years and 1200 frames to get one like that-so far...! I'm heading to South Dakota to try it though. Thanks for looking!

Mark


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cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2012Sat 06-Apr-13 06:17 PM
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Mark,

Only 1200 frames in 3 years? I shoot that many bird photos in a month. But then I don't have a 300mm f/2.8. If I didn't have to have physical therapy just to hold up my D7100 & 70-300 VR combination, I might be getting a case of NAS for one of those.

No, I'm not envious of your shot. Okay, okay, maybe a little or maybe a lot. Great capture.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Tue 09-Apr-13 03:16 AM
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Mankato, US
          

Charlie,

Didn't see your reply until now. Thanks for commenting! 1200 frames is actually alot when you are flushing birds with a retriever as good opportunities like this are few and very far between. Although, I have found that early spring birds are bolder and more approachable.

Mark


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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 2007Wed 10-Apr-13 07:12 PM
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Sorry for the late reply Mark, been busy and now spending some R&R time in Florida - just taking a break from the intense sunshine & heat!

An amazing capture, definitely a wall hanger, would be one I'd blow up for an extra large print or canvas.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Wed 10-Apr-13 10:16 PM
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Thanks, Richard! I've got a big gallery wrap on the way.

Mark


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kodiak photo Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013Mon 01-Apr-13 04:16 AM
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Hello Mark,

I am a moderator on the french nikonians site and I just wanted
to sniff on the english site… I was just curious!

Then I stumbled over this shot of yours, and I would have a question
(or two) before I go any further. May I?

In which format did you save the shot?
Which converter did you use?


Kodiak
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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 01-Apr-13 11:54 AM
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Mankato, US
          

Daniel, I shoot all of my wildlife in Jpeg so no conversion necessary. When I photograph people (rarely) I use RAW. I like easy PP'g so I use CNX2 for all of it. Thanks for commenting!

Mark


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This is a very unusual and delightful shot.
May I ask you what settings do you use when you suspect action photos?
I used to use Aperture control and everything else fixed but I am starting to wonder if I should not start to think about S with variable ISO to a maximum of 800 (if such a setting is possible). I also use a D300.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 01-Apr-13 12:01 PM
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Aart! I strive for 1/2000 SS to freeze the wing tips when I can. I was traversing hilly terrain which changed the light so I set the aperture at 5.6 which then ran the shutter speed between 1/2000 and the 1/3200 of the image above. That's also why my ISO was 640 despite good light. In a perfect world I'd be at f7.1 or f8 and 1/2000SS to get easier focus with the increased depth of field.

Mark


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What a great shot. Wall hanger for sure. Great shooting.

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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, John!

Mark


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>What a great shot. Wall hanger for sure. Great shooting.
>
>John

If I put one that good on my wall, everyone would think that I bought it.

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Holy #### Mark !! This is gorgeous - really well done.

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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Al!

Mark


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Land O Lakes, US
          

Wonderful, amazing image!

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Beautiful! Great shot!

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Mankato, US
          

Thank you, Jill!

Mark


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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Tom!

Mark


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Simply sublime. A Masterpiece.

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Mankato, US
          

Thank you, Egbert!

Mark


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Wow! Awesome shot!

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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Ron!

Mark


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Powell, US
          

Really terrific.

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Pensacola, US
          

Very nice! You really have a steady hand. I find it difficult to shoot with a 300mm without a stick. Well done.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Tue 02-Apr-13 02:48 AM
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Tom! I used to think the 300/2.8 was heavy until I started shooting a 200-400 hand held! Now the 300 feels feather light!

Mark



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Mankato, US
          

Thank you, Rob!

Mark


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CA
          

Both as a lifetime pheasant hunter and a newbie "serious" photographer( ie. trying to do BIF with a D600 and 70-300 lens and understand all the photographic science of what I'm doing) I'm gobsmacked by this shot-unbelievable, amazing.... "nice shot".

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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Robert! I'll tell you this, there was a bit of luck here as the rooster had no idea where I was and flew by in perfect light. I cranked off 10 frames and got 3 I liked. My gripped D300 and ultra fast focusing 300/2.8 helped alot.

Mark


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Sydney, AU
          

Terific shot. What were your focus settings?

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Olympia, US
          


Very nice shot, but what I'm REALLY interested in, was whether Luna got a special treat.

WHO gets the credit?



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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Wed 03-Apr-13 12:18 PM
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Dan! She deserved one-after all, she was a bit disappointed I was carry a camera system and not a shotgun!

Mark


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Thunder Bay, CA
          

well done Mark!!
gorgeous shot, stunning detail through the whole subject!

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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Brian!

Mark


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Denver, US
          

Great shot Mark!


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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Thu 04-Apr-13 10:24 PM
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#31. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Thanks, Vaughn!


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#32. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Amazing shot Mark. Congratulations on your choice of weapon also.....Scotty.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Fri 05-Apr-13 11:50 AM
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#33. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Scotty! The DNR frowns on shooting birds with shotguns in spring so the Nikon is the only option


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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Fri 05-Apr-13 09:02 PM
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#34. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Wow … I am a little late seeing this one but I have to say … this is a superb capture! It doesn't get any better.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Fri 05-Apr-13 10:31 PM
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#35. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Dave! This was a shot brought on by one part opportunity and two parts luck!

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#36. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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>Thanks, Dave! This was a shot brought on by one part
>opportunity and two parts luck!
>
>Mark
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>
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But you have to have the skill to take advantage of the lucky opportunity. You certainly do!! Nice work.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 08-Apr-13 06:01 AM
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#41. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Thanks, Larry!

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Sat 06-Apr-13 11:46 PM
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#40. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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...and a good dog!

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 08-Apr-13 06:02 AM
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#42. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Yes! And that's the real key




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#39. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Simply fantastic,Mark. Stopped by to have another look at this great capture and realized that I hadn't even commented on it.(I thought I had already)

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Thank you, Rick!

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#47. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Great picture. And a beautiful bird.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Thu 11-Apr-13 11:15 PM
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#48. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Mankato, US
          

Thanks, Shane!

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mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012Thu 11-Apr-13 11:58 PM
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#49. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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WOW!

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#51. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Thanks, Carl!

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#50. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Mark,

When I 1st saw your photo, I thought it looked too good to be real. Not exactly sure how you fake one...

I always add some imperfection to make my photos look real.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Fri 12-Apr-13 03:09 AM
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#52. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Charlie, Yes, it's a very lucky capture. When the bird flushed I got 3 other pretty sharp initial images in average light but when he banked into great light the system captured it perfectly. Not planned as he could have flew directly away as most do! But, there was significant wind and fortunately, he winged with it.

I actually am a bit upset as I didn't leave much room at the top so it has a major flaw there.

Thanks for looking!

Mark



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mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012Fri 12-Apr-13 05:43 PM
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#53. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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West Valley, US
          

I actually am a bit upset as I didn't leave much room at the
top so it has a major flaw there.



MAJOR FLAW???

You aren't a Quality Control engineer, by any chance? hee hee!

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#54. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Simply stunning is all that I can say....



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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Mon 15-Apr-13 03:26 AM
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#55. "RE: Rooster Pheasant Flushed And "Shot"...."
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Thanks, Preston! I may be able to duplicate this shot in 3 years or so....

Mark



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