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Great Egret with D800e and 400/3.5 AI-S

gpoole

Farmington Hills, US
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Sun 28-Apr-13 10:53 PM | edited Tue 30-Apr-13 12:16 AM by gpoole

I took my D800e and 400/3.5 AI-S to the small nearby wetlands yesterday. A few days ago I say a GBH wading there, today it was a Great Egret. All these pictures were made with the TC301 2x TC at ISO 400. The Egret was about 200 ft. from the camera. All images were focused manually (I had no choice) just by judging the sharpness in the viewfinder. I did not try to use the green dot from the AF system.

The numbers below each image is the crop before downsizing for the post. After a year I'm still amazed at how deep you can crop an image from the D800e. for reference, full frame on the D800/D800e is 7360 x 4912 for 36.3 Mpix.

At first I just saw the Egret striding around in the water.

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f/5.6 croped to 3113 x 2490 (7.8 Mpix)

Then it started looking down into the water.
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f/8 2744 x 2195 (6.0 Mpix)

Soon it's head disappeared under the water
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f/8 1940 x 1551 (3.0 Mpix)

And it came up with a fish. This is actually the 3rd one I saw it catch.
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f/8 1941 x 1553 (3.0 Mpix)

The egret swallowed it whole
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f/8 2036 x 1629 (3.3 Mpix)

And went backing looking for more
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f/8 2124 x 1699 (3.6 Mpix)
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Gary in SE Michigan, USA.
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