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kayakers11

Havelock, CA
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kayakers11 Registered since 28th Nov 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 12:26 AM

A little embarrassed to show these pics as they are not well done but they're the 1st BIF's I've been able to capture with the 300 f4 + 1.4 TC & I'm a bit excited. My forte has been shooting perching birds. With the above combo on a D200 I gave up on BIFs a long time ago.
A very dull morning with heavy cloud cover & the Buffleheads were about 60 meters away & moving extremely fast.
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Handheld, Aperture preferred, 1.3 crop mode, ISO 1600, f5.6, AF-C predictive 51 point autofocus, Auto WB

I will work on technique & settings before posting again. For some reason that I haven't been able to fathom the shutter speed was 1/8000....hmmm....something up with that.

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luckyphoto

Port Charlotte, US
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#1. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 0

luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Fri 29-Mar-13 10:37 AM | edited Fri 29-Mar-13 10:39 AM by luckyphoto

In the first photo, you have an ISO of 1600 and a lot of reflected light from the water into the sensor. That shutter speed wouldn't be surprising.

We look forward to more photos after you become more familiar with your new D7100.

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Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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#2. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 0

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Fri 29-Mar-13 12:03 PM

I agree with Larry regarding the reflective brightness from the water. Not certain if all shots were showing 1/8000 but I'd believe not.
As a test set the same settings and focus on an object that isn't very bright and record the speed. Then with the same settings focus on something really bright (perhaps the same water location) and you should see the speed really jump. Enjoy the experience.

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kayakers11

Havelock, CA
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#3. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 2

kayakers11 Registered since 28th Nov 2012
Fri 29-Mar-13 02:15 PM

Thanks...I'm experimenting. These photos were taken in sequence as the bufflehead took off from the water & flew parallel to where I was standing. As you've noted it flew from a reflected light area to an area of the water shadowed by trees....all 3 shots had a shutter speed of 1/8000.

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Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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#4. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 3

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Fri 29-Mar-13 05:09 PM

Hi Russ,

Since they were taken in sequence it makes sense that all were 1/8000. First shot started the process and next two followed suit while in continuous mode. I thought they might have been separate shots. Good luck with the experimenting and continue to post.

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Escaladieu

Artiguemy, FR
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#5. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 0

Escaladieu Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2010
Sat 30-Mar-13 07:30 AM

That looks promising - I'm sure that with better light you will get some great shots ...

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jamtins

Meadow Heights, AU
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#6. "RE: 1st BIFs for me" | In response to Reply # 0

jamtins Registered since 03rd May 2011
Sat 30-Mar-13 08:44 PM

Thanks for posting these images. They encourage me so much.
It confirms my own findings that the focus locks, and stays locked, no hesitation.
The 1600 ISO looks fabulous and I'll be looking at that next.
After a week with the new toy, I can say its not toy, but really a pleasure to work with. My poor old D2x looks like it will finally be retired.

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