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Ptarmigan D7000 examples

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 05-Dec-10 06:58 PM

First of all, I LOVE Ptarmies (Ptarmigan)! And having a new D7000 needing to be put through the paces was excuse enough to head to the mountains last weekend. Here are a few of the resulting photos, these are unusually for me using fill flash, and my 500VR mostly at f5.6. The fill-flash was generally dialled to -1.7 EV and exposure was often set to +0.03. One thing I didn't realize till I was trying it was that if you dial in -1.7 on the flash and +0.7 EV on the camera, the flash adjusts itself to -1.0.

I did vary exposure in post too. It also looks like my WB is a little on the blue side (didn't look that bad in Capture NX) but I'm too lazy to fix it now. I don't like a warm colour cast for snow pictures.

I also have a lot of ungulate photos from the same trip, but will have to process them another day. They are even sharper looking what with all that fine fur.

This is at 7300' in elevation, the road to here closes on Dec 1 until June 15th, so we try and visit right before closure in hopes the Ptarmies have descended to this low elevation by then. It took us two days to find them, the first day we found their sign but they must have been dug into the snow. The second day we were lucky enough to find them emerging out of the snow. It is always an honour to be in their presence



Best regards, SteveK

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