Well, the sun came out yesterday, so I took the D7k and the AFS 300mm f4 out for a walk. I have been stuggling with exposure more than sharpness as others have. I feel I'm finally getting the results I want. I wanted to share a few photos from yesterday because I feel they are the best wildlife photos I've shot with the D7k. I was afraid the snow was going to be a real challenge. I used Matrix metering with 0EV adjustment (could have went to the plus side), and ADL set to low. I also used auto WB. I did some PP (from RAW) and had to adjust WB a little as the sun made the snow too warm.
Very satisfying indeed, you can be proud of these pictures!
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Internet Explorer is a non-color-profile-aware browser. That can be a problem (cause a difference in look) if the photos are other than sRGB profile.
Most other browsers are color-aware so they don't have a problem rendering for example AdobeRGB photos. Could also be a simple difference in background (e.g. black background within browser and grey within ViewNX could give it a "different look").
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga
The photos above were taken with the 300 f4 only. I do have some other photos from that day with the 300/1.4 TC combo in the album link above. Look at the image name in the album. If it ends with 300 it's 300mm, if it ends with 420 it's 420mm (w/1.4 TC). Most of the time I was hand-holding and other times I braced the lens against a tree. I don't remember what photos were only hand held.
I must say I really like your photos you posted in this forum recently using the 70-200 1.7TC combo. Actually I posted these photos just to try to keep ahead of you. HA! No, just joking.
I used the same setup as you for about 6 months and then bought the AFS 300mm f4 lens for more reach. Honestly, I no longer use the 70-200 with a TC. The 300mm at f6.3 is incredibly sharp. At other apertures it is less sharp but still very good.
OK, not sure if I did this right but I decided to crop one of your pictures in consideration of removing what is distracting and allowing the birds to pop. I had a teacher who made a point of asking why we decided to leave items in photos in the fringes. Not that it's a bad thing...just that you make it a purposeful decision. Anyway the crop allows us to focus on the birds but the cost is some scene perspective. Which you prefer is up to you.I also spot healed a few brown specks that to me again were distracting. Beautiful photos by the way! Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Mark, I see your point. I was trying to keep more of the snow in the photos but didn't give enough thought about the objects around the edges. In the first photo I wanted to crop out the "headless duck" but thought it was better to just leave it. Thanks for the tips.
Wonderful shots. I especially like the Flapping Hen with the headless Drake. Amazing how angle changes perspective. The lighting was great, it allowed you to show the water droplets from the melted snow on the sitting drake in the last picture.