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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 2007Sat 14-Sep-13 01:13 AM
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"It's been awhile......"
Sat 14-Sep-13 11:14 PM by Dubes

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actually since early May. I've been out photographing occassionaly and lurking in the background plus posting at times to my gallery.

Thought I'd post some images from earlier this year (June/July) of a couple of Red-necked Grebe families, one of which I believe Jim Pierce did post earlier this year as well.

As the heat of summer fades away until next year and migration enters its peak again, I hope to be out more often again.

All images were with a D7100 and Nikkor 600mm f/4 + TC14, tripod & gimbal.


f/9, 1/250sec, ISO250, Centre Weighted - I used a smaller f-stop than I normally do to attempt to get both the chick & parent in focus






f/11, 1/100sec, ISO250, Centre Weighted - once again a smaller aperture in order to capture youngster & parent in focus.







f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO200, Spot Metered






f/8, 1/800sec, ISO320, Centre Weighted





f/8, 1/320sec, ISO320, Centre Weighted





f/9, 1/320sec, ISO320, Centre Weighted




Thanks for looking, as in the past, your comments are always appreciated.

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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 14-Sep-13 01:25 AM
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Super images! It is good to see you back posting.

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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 2007Sat 14-Sep-13 02:10 AM
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thank you Dave. Hope to be more active again in both my image & comment postings

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Stunning!!

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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 2007Sat 14-Sep-13 08:14 PM
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Thanks very much Francine.

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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Sat 14-Sep-13 03:25 AM
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You made good use of the smaller aperture Richard. I shot most of these group shots - and chicks on their own - at f8 which is about the same DOF as f10 with your longer rig. No obvious signs of diffraction, at least to my eye. It always amazes me when we shoot duck-sized birds over water how much reach we need!

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Thank you Jim. I rarely shoot with this lens stopped down much more than f/7.1, but I really wanted to try and get the adult(s) and youngster(s) in focus on many of the shot I took. I was pleased with most shots, some might have turned out a little "warm", but easy enough to adjust in NX.

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Great to see you posting again Richard. WOW, what a comeback. Excellent images......Scotty.

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Greatly appreciated Scotty, thanks very much.

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Welcome back Richard,
Absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you for the exif, great info
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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 2007Sat 14-Sep-13 08:22 PM
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Much too kind Gary, thank you.

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Beautiful series of images, Richard.

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Thanks Rick. Lucky to have these successfully breed in our area, and one pair was fruitful in their first attempt this year in a park close to home.

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Hi Richard, I've missed seeing your work. These are very beautiful images, stunning, actually. It is very nice to see you back.

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Nice to hear from you Tom and thanks so much for your kind words.

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Really great set Richard - nice to see you back!

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Thanks Al, good to be back. Looks like we have more participants in the forum.

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WOW! As good as it gets--what a series. They are all great, but hard to take my eyes off of #1. Care to tell us how you were able to shoot at grebe level with a 600?

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Roger, thank you very much. I also was really pleased with #1, there was something special in it for me with the eye contact between the two.
I sat at the water's edge (on craggy, hard rocks), tripod was low to ground, about 2 to 2-1/2 feet above water surface. An advantage with a long lens is you stay back far enough from your subject, and the angle of inclination is lower and closer to being parallel to the ground/water surface.

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Stunning photos, love the little cutie chicks

  

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Mississauga, CA
          

Aliwad, thanks so much. The young ones are fun to watch & photograph. Amazing how different they look from their parents.

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Durban, ZA
          

Great shooting.

I'll take a decent portrait of a single animal any day but scenes showing interactions such as these are just so much more interesting.

Awesome sharpness and detail considering the effective focal length of the rig you were using and the relatively slow shutter speeds forced by the small apertures.

Thank you

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Mon 16-Sep-13 12:38 AM by Dubes

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Thanks very much James, I truly appreciate your kind thoughts.
Not always easy shooting at 1/100sec at 850mm, but learning & practising long lens techniques (and the VR doesn't hurt) can make a big difference; you just have to be diligent & use the best LLT at all times regardless of shutter speed and having VR active if available - you just don't know what your shutter speed is going to be if using aperture priority (which I do most times).
Some people advocate that it makes no difference when shooting above 1/500 sec (due to VR sampling rates). I shoot from a tripod/gimbal (loose) and see no, or very little degradation in IQ when shooting above 1/500 sec with the VR on with my 600mm lens.

You mention sharpness & detail, unfortuneatly I've become rather spoiled using an iPad Retina display to view my images. Viewing images at around 100 pixels per inch on an LCD screen in Windows vs, an image that is close 300 pixels per inch on an iPad can make viweing images here seem rather pale. Real detail can be severely lost when limited to an image of no more than 1200 pixels displayed in this forum. But then again, too fine an image may lead to more piracy and theft of high quality images.

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Durban, ZA
          

Hi Richard

Had not previously seen this reply but I agree. While I don't have a Retina display I have similar issues downsampling processed D800 images to 1200 pixel length. I am running a 1920x1280 display (16 : 10) but find that most are using 1920x1080 full HD or 1600x900(16 : 9) displays so to prevent viewers from scrolling to see the whole pic one has to limit the vertical height to around 850-900 pixels and it is very restrictive considering the capability of modern cameras and lenses. The original images have detail that we can't show here!

My workflow for finishing touches on images displayed here :
1) I shoot in Adobe RGB but always convert to sRGB for web display - it gives improved vibrancy on LCD based devices
2) resize to 850 pixels vertical or 1200 horizontal
3) I tend to remove all in-camera sharpening and then sharpen twice in work-up - once on the NEF file after the initial workup for printing and then a second time after changing the ICM profile and downsampling for web display here.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks again for responding James, my workflow is very similar.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Really good to see you back posting again, Richard. Can't really say I've got a favourite here -- I like them all for the story/stories they tell, both individually and as a group. Technically, there is absolutely no advice I could possibly offer. What speaks to me most is the discrepancy in size between the two chicks and the personification I give to that regarding sibling rivalry and camaraderie. Thanks for sharing.
By the way, what kind of post-processing did you do with these?
Take care,
CK
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Mississauga, CA
          

Chuck, good to hear from you and again, I really am flattered by your comments posted.
Images 1, 2, 3 & 5 were taken at Bronte Harbour in Oakville - 2 chicks were hatched at that time. I believe about a week apart.
Images 4 & 6 were at Humber Bay in the pond north of the road leading into the parking lot. There were 4 chicks active at this location and I believe they were 1-1/2 weeks to 2 weeks apart (accounting for the size difference).
I don't remember the actual process I used since these were taken in late June, early July, but I always shoot raw, do some exposure adjustments, preliminary sharpening and noise reduction in Capture NX and save as a 16 bit TIFF (I know a huge file!). I then perform any highlight/shadow adjustments, curve adjustments, etc and reduce my image size to 1150 pixels wide or 900 pixels tall. I then add a border, perform final sharpening and add my signature and save as an 8 bit JPEG file (300KB or less) for posting (in Photoshop CS).
I have more images available from Bronte Harbour/Marina here:
http://richarddubiel.zenfolio.com/p380139737
and additional images from Humber Bay in Toronto here:
http://richarddubiel.zenfolio.com/p907991039

Once again thanks Chuck, hope to run into you soon again.

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WOW!!! these were certainly worth the wait. These are great bird shots. The focus and the clarity is outstanding.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Hi Larry - thanks very much - hope things are well with you. Haven't been around for a while, hope you've been out shooting & sharing your images on the forum.

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Rolling Hills, US
          

Superb series Richard.....the colors, detail and composition are all top drawer.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Much too kind Barry, thank you.

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Denver, US
          

An absolute amazing series Richard! I think I like #5 best, but it is hard to make up my mind. They are all outstanding!


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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 17-Sep-13 07:05 PM
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Nice to hear from again Vaughn, thank you very much.

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Great series, Richard! I had fun photographing the same species along with loons this year. Shockingly, I was asked to co-host loon/grebe photography workshops next year....

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Thanks Mark, and congratulations on co-hosting the workshop.

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Thu 26-Sep-13 09:02 AM
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Richard, I never did thank you for taking the time to answer my last question so clearly (post #25). Much appreciated. By the way, your kingfisher shots are really something as well. You sure can pull out the detail with that rig of yours. Seems like you're getting out more often these days.
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Thanks Chuck, getting out a little more now that weather is cooler; looking forward to the winter birds!

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Hi Richard.

These are all superb! Thanks for sharing them.

Seems like all you guys are using the D7100 with outstanding results, I am still holding out for a D400.

JIM

  

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Thank Jim, my pleasure. The D7100 is not quite the D300 replacement, but performs well and is pretty rugged. I enjoy the improved dynamic range on this vs my old D300.

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Happy to see you again
I cant sat that I have a favorite Cause they all are !!!!!!!!!
Im down in Captiva- 3 days of rain it was wonderful today Ding Darking Closed boo
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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 2007Fri 27-Sep-13 05:33 PM
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Thanks Preston, good to be back. Too bad about Ding Darling, just read they've been closed all summer to repave the road and opening next week.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Sanibel/Captiva, gorgeous spot with great beaches. Hope you managed to get some shore birds on the beach, I ended up taking most of mine with the 70-200 lying on my stomach on the beach.

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Thanks I got some great shots of herons. Snowy egrets
Ospreys. Funny same birds from home



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WoW !! Richard they are all incredible shots love them all.
I guess I am driving up to Mississauga next spring.

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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 2007Mon 30-Sep-13 10:45 PM
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Thanks so much Kip, actually this is a mix of some taken at Bronte Marina in Oakville and some at Toronto's Humber Bay East Park taken late June to early July. More images can be seen in two seperate galleries on my website.
Both locations were best shot late afternoon if sun is bright, the one in Toronto had shrubs in the background providing nicer reflections on the water than boat hulls at Bronte.

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Essex, US
          

Awesome!


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Great sequence and good to have you back!

Richard

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Thanks Lynn, Richard

An old post, but appreciate your kind words & comments.

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Richard

I always love your wading bird photos. You give me something to strive for. These were certainly worth the wait to see-- Glad to see you are getting such good results with that set up.

Hope to get out myself--this week, like you, it has been a while since I was shooting. After seeing these I am inspired to get busy.

Looking forward to seeing more shot soon.

Larry

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Excellent set Richard.
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