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Antero52

Vantaa, FI
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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Wed 30-May-12 05:18 AM | edited Wed 30-May-12 08:42 AM by Antero52

Every D800(E) owner needs to post their own wow picture. This is mine. It’s not the composition but the detail. Here’s the story: I was clearing the bottom of a brook in our garden, broadening it into a small pond. Suddenly Ms Mallard came within touching distance of me, ignoring the spade I was using. I went for my camera and grabbed a quick shot (#1). #2 is a detail from eye area of the #1.

What is it that makes this a wow shot (for me at least)? Firstly, of course, the situation. A wild creature coming so close to me without fear (and I’m not talking about mosquitoes). And more importantly, the detail. In #2 I can see blood vessels in the eye although this was literally a grab shot, with ISO at 5000 because I had been trying to take some BIF shots previously. So tell me again how difficult it is to take sharp pictures with this camera.

What looks like blown-out areas in #1 is places where I rested the spade, letting go excess water before lifting the mud and clay into the wheelbarrow. That’s why the grass is white.

D800E, 24-120mm/4 @ 120mm, 1/4000s, f/9, ISO5000.


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Regards, Antero

P.S. And to complete the story, here's a work-in-progress photo of the pond I was digging, in the opposite direction to #1.



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