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esantos Moderator Nikonians Resources Writer. Recognized for his outstanding reviews on printers and printing articles. Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, including Landscape Photography Awarded for his extraordinary accomplishments in Landscape Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian.   McAllen, US  Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002 Sat 23-Aug-14 05:35 PM
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"Wildlife of the Dakotas"



I just got back from a 7 day tour of SW South Dakota with Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49). It was a great trip and my first time in the area, and my first try at using a Nikkor Telephoto lens. Larry, being a great host, let me borrow his 200-400 f/4. Man, that was a lot of fun. Thanks Larry - I'll be in the market for a big lens soon and spending money that I don't currently have. I think Larry passed on a serious case of NAS. .

Anyway, here is my first attempt at shooting wildlife with a true wildlife lens. Both the Pronghorn buck and the Rocky Mountain Bighorn ram were shot using my D4, the aforementioned 200-400 with my TC 1.7x teleconverter (650 mm equivalent). The buck was shot through the window of the vehicle using it as a rest, the ram using my Gitzo tripod and a Kirk BH-1 ball head (no gimbal). Shutter Speed Priority, f/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 560 - using Auto ISO. I would guess the pronghorn was at about 30 yards distant while the ram was a good 100 yards away.





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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot   East Frisia, DE  Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004 Sat 23-Aug-14 05:47 PM
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Nice images

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Thanks Gerold!

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Nice work!

That part of SD has some good shooting opportunities. I would like to get back out there soon.

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Hi Dave, Thanks and yes SD was great, lots of stuff to shoot.

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Nice, sharp images. That lens and tc combination worked remarkably well. I think as long as you aren't out to infinity it works beautifully. Nice composition on the shot of the ram.

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Thanks Larry. I'm surprised the lens/TC combo worked so well too.

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Wonderful images! I particularly like the pronghorn.

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Spectacular shots!!! Love the ram - definitely my favorite of the two, not to slight the pronghorn...

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Thanks Matthew!

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Thanks Tom! I like the Pronghorn too. I hunted them often when I was younger, they are not very easy to bag.

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Hurrah!
Great shots, Ernesto.
Aside from other attributes, the detail of the first one is remarkable.

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Many thanks Ramon! I was astonished by the detail of the Pronghorn as well. BTW, he was so close that this is almost a full size image - I only cropped about 10% to make for a little tighter framing.

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Nice shots, Ernesto. Now we can watch to see if you got truly bitten by the wildlife bug — then NAS truly gets out of hand. A 2004-400, a 600…

There are great bird-shooting ranches down in Starr County…

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Thanks Jon. Oh, I'm bitten for sure. I'm already looking around the house to see what I can sell to raise money. I was staring at my wife's wedding ring today - she looked me in the eye and said, "Don't even!"

Yes, I know about the birding places, more justification for a new lens.

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Yes, Jon.
That is why I am attempting a single step jump, with a 500mm f/4

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Two wonderful shots! I'm really getting the bug for
a shooting trip.... Just can't decide where.

But I'm still making do with my 80-400VR. ;)

You've got NAS!!!

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Hi Lela,

Thanks for the kind comments. I know what you mean about the "itch" for a shooting trip. The minute I'm back I'm already thinking about the next one.

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Beautiful shot, the second one is slightly overexposed

  

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Exposure is subjective, and a well-captured image can be processed for any number of looks. Given Ernesto’s expertise in post processing, I’m pretty sure this light, ethereal appearance wa deliberate.

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Very nice photos, good work.

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Very nice! I know about borrowing a lens or camera and then NAS sets in big time!

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I like the shot of the ram, well composed and looks good

  

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Thanks for the comments everyone. A little bit about the processing choices for the ram image. I think I was stretching the limits of my severely limited skills and experience with a long lens - this was the very first time I had ever used a Nikkor 200-400 mm. And since I had a 1.7x teleconverter, and the ram was a good ~125 yards away the images I got were a little soft. On top of this the light was very dull with most of the sky overcast. As I worked on this image I decided to go a little lighter because every time I tried to add more contrast the dark areas would just clog up. The only way to add some impact to the very bland base exposure was to boost the highlights. Looking at this with a very critical eye you could say that the white rump and the tops of the curved horns might be just at the precipice of falling off the edge of the highlights end of the histogram.

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Very nice photos! Well done!

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Random replies:

• The 200-400 with the TC17 is a bit soft
• The 200-400 at distance is a bit soft
• Try PP in Lightroom and the shadows won’t clog up …
• Now that I’ve got you in LR, place the radial filter on the ram and add underexposure and/or contrast and/or etc. to the background.
• Got the Nik collection? The various contract filters might solve the problem

It”s a fine photo just the way it is. And if you gave the RAW file to five of us, you’d get back five different renderings…

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Jon,

Thanks for the tips. Not much of a LR user I use ACR mostly, but I'll give it a try. Yes, your are right about the 200-400 mm. It is a little soft at distance but up close it is a great performer.

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Nice shots, Ernesto!

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Thank you Rick.

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#29. "RE: Wildlife of the Dakotas"
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Very nice-I really like the pronghorn image!

Mark

  

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