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This is the "Wildlife, Sports and Action Photography" forum. Why don't we try a little combination like those:
Ibex (wildlife) clashing their horns (action) to compete (sport) for dominance.
Getting a headache (Nikon F4s - Tokina 300/2.8 - Fuji Sensia 100)
Lions (wildlife) hunting (sport) and tearing apart (action) a young zebra.
(Nikon F4s - Tokina 300/2.8 + TC-301- Fuji Sensia 100)
Come on, all you nature photographers, show us some action!
#1. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 0Lefty Basic MemberFri 09-Nov-01 02:19 PM
ABSOLUTELY LOVE the shot of the Ibex! Pinnacle of the action too! Isn't it nice of them to pause (pose) right there for us photogs Not that it doesn't give them the leverage/power for the strike too, though! Great DOF there as well!
Your shots always inspire me to blow the money in my "fast-glass" fund on my "travel"fund...D*MN IT!
"Shoot pictures,enjoy life in between!"
only as good as your last
#2. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 09-Nov-01 07:36 PM
Thank God, the ibex paused before striking. Because of the bad weather, I had a very slow shutterspeed (1/15 or 1/30 sec.)
Thanks for the nice comments,
#3. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 0
Well, you're right Photophil, we should all be out taking photos instead of talking about equipment. While you do need decent equipment, 90% of the photo sucess is due to the photographer.
Very nice work on your photos. I'm sure you take a lot of time just looking and waiting to get a few good shots. Wildlife/nature photography requires a lot of thought and patiance.
#4. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 3NikF2AS Basic MemberTue 13-Nov-01 11:08 AM
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>Well, you're right Photophil, we should
>all be out taking photos
>instead of talking about equipment.
> While you do need
>decent equipment, 90% of the
>photo sucess is due to
Just observe the general trend with the number of hits on photos/critizise me forum vs F80/F5 forums.
p/s- Photophil,the first shot illustrates 'decisive moment' in wildlife photography perfectly.Is it sharp enough for decent print reproduction at 1/30s ?
#5. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 4Thu 15-Nov-01 04:40 PM
>LAST EDITED ON Nov-13-01
>AT 02:14 PM (GMT)
>Is it sharp enough for decent
>print reproduction at 1/30s ?
I haven't sold the picture (yet ).
I sell most of my pictures to an editor of children magazines. I think it is sharp enough for the kind of recycled paper they print on. For the slideshows, it is OK.
#6. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 0
I'm new to Nikonians, I've been doing landscapes for the last year and now I'm branching out. This may seem silly to yall but I'm starting my wildlife photography experience at the local Zoo. I have really been impressed with the "Need for Speed" also for more MMs. I noticed your photographs were taken with a Tokina 300mm f2.8 and converter. That's the route I'm planning to go ( I currently have a 300 MM f 4.5 AIS Nikkor). I can get the ATX for about 500 less (used) than the Nikkor (I have two manual focus bodies by the way FE2 and FM2n) So far my only experience with non-Nikkor lenses is my Tokina 80-200f2.8 SD lens which I think is one of the best lenses in my bag. What do you think of the 300f2.8 Tokina's optics and build quality ( I limit to this since AF speed is not an issue for me)? Thanks in advance.
#7. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 6Mon 24-Dec-01 09:29 AM
I'm very happy with my Tokina lens. Quality is very good, except one detail. The little screws on the mounting tend to come loose from vibrations. This problem can be easily solved. The weight is lighter and its minimum focusing distance is closer than the 300mm/2.8 from Nikon. Those facts plus the price are the reason I choose the Tokina 300mm/2.8.
Taking animal pictures in the zoo isn't silly at all. You would be surprised how many pictures are taken in, what we call, a controlled way (zoo or game farm). Many pictures in the book "Eye to Eye" from Frans Lanting have been taken that way.
#8. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 0
I'm not familiar with the behavior ob Ibex, but even with a 300 mm lens you appear to be pretty close. How did you approach them so that they didn't run away? Or do you think they were so interested in butting heads that they didn't care who was watching? Tell us the story.
#9. "RE: Wildlife action" | In response to Reply # 8Wed 26-Dec-01 01:02 PM
Taking pictures of ibex in Gran Paradiso (Italy) isn't much of a problem. You don't have to stalk them, instead they come straight to you. You often have to back away because they come too close. If you want, you can take pictures of them with a wide angle lens.
Nikon F4s Tokina 20-35
The chamois are a different story. To get close, never approach them directly. That way, they consider you as a threat. Look what direction they are going, go in a big loop to a point where you expect them to pass by and wait for them. If they spotted you, don't try to hide but stay in clear view of them and stay still. They won't come as close as the ibex, but still close enough to get nice pictures.
Nikon F's Tokina 300mm/2.8 Nikon TC-301 (2X convertor)
Forget those techniques in heavily hunted areas. There you have to use hides and a lot of patience. A lot of patience.