Nice work and you found another Snowy! In my honest (amateur)opinion, I think it's actually easier to use manual mode than any of the others. They may have their purposes in some situations, but experimenting on your own in manual worked well for me. What do you like about your new camera over the other one?
Thank you all, I've got a lot to learn but feel better getting some decent shots.
There isn't anything specific I like over my D7000. The 7100 is a bit bigger and seems to handle better. The autofocus seems to track better, but I haven't seen anything that says it's been updated in the 7100.
I was able to get two good series of different Snowy's taking off and both came out well. This was also the first shoot I've had with my 300mm f/4 and TC1.4 that turned out.
>There isn't anything specific I like over my D7000. The 7100 >The autofocus >seems to track better, but I haven't seen anything that says >it's been updated in the 7100.
D7100 has top-of-the-range 51 point Af module similar to Nikon's top models.
Your pics of the Snowys are great and like others I think #2 is the best. It is nicely sharp, the composition and action are nice, however it seems a little under-exposed to me -maybe half a stop - this is easily adjusted in post processing. It also appears to have a slightly cold look (as in blue - not talking about the obviously low temperature) on my calibrated monitor. If you shot in RAW this will also be correctable with a white balance adjustment....but bring up the exposure first as that may be enough.
Very envious of your 300f4 - I am having difficulty sourcing one where I live.
Marcy: a very nicely done series. Now that you've decided to shoot in Manual, you might want to try using Auto ISO also. When in Manual and Auto ISO, the camera will always choose the lowest ISO for an exposure. You'll see what ISO the camera has chosen in the viewfinder and can modify SS or A if needed.
In this mode, you can still enter Exposure Compensation via the button on the top right of your camera. So if you took a shot and saw for example that you had blinkies (highlight warnings) somewhere on the image that you didn't want, you would dial in some negative compensation. With ISO being the only variable, it is adjusted and adjusted downward in this case.
Speaking solely for myself, I find this method of shooting to be very liberating as I can very quickly dial in and quickly change shooting parameters as the situation warrants. Richard