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!
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.
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.
Sun 15-Sep-13 10:05 PM | edited Sun 15-Sep-13 10:38 PM by Dubes
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.
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.
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 Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
Sun 15-Sep-13 10:28 PM | edited Sun 15-Sep-13 10:42 PM by Dubes
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.
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. Take care, CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
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 Check out some of my posts from the hotel natives
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.
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.