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« on: February 22, 2012, 04:23:53 AM »
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Gannet in Flight off Bass Rock, Scotland

1/1600 sec at f/7.1   ISO 800  Aperture Priority
150-500mm lens at 230mm.



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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 07:10:03 AM »
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Stunning photo ... I can count every feather in its wings!  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 08:00:03 AM »
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Tack sharp, amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 08:08:59 AM »
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really nice shot
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 09:23:14 AM »
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Great shot!
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 11:23:48 AM »
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Hand held or what kind of camera support?
Cropped or as shot?

You've started me thinking - I haven't explored the faster shutter speeds of my camera yet ;-)
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 02:04:03 PM »
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Cracking shot....so often with bird shots its the fine detail and focus that makes the image, the eye is excellent as is the colouring...just a bit to big to get it all in my monitor.

very well done

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2012, 01:49:51 AM »
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Might be the biologist in me, but it's the first time I've seen a Northern Gannet without feet.  Going to make landing challenging.

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 03:14:43 AM »
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Hand held or what kind of camera support?
Cropped or as shot?

You've started me thinking - I haven't explored the faster shutter speeds of my camera yet ;-)

Hi Isaac,

Hand held on a rocking boat - hence the reason for the fast shutter speed and highish ISO. Very little cropping top and bottom but a wee bit side to side to get closer to a 4:3 format. The lens was a Sigma 150-500 set at 230mm and I can't remember of I had the OS (VR/IS) on. Normally with that lens I keep it switched off as it tends to slow down the AF slightly (and also drains the battery quicker).

I think that one of the big advantages of fairly modern digital SLRs is that you get much less noise now at high ISO and can, therefore, go for fast shutter speeds for shots like this.

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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2012, 03:29:03 AM »
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Might be the biologist in me, but it's the first time I've seen a Northern Gannet without feet.  Going to make landing challenging.

Mike.

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Gannets actually are very good at retracting their undercarriage when in flight. You will rarely see the feet except when they are on final approach.

Here is another one taken the same day but with a different lens and heavily cropped to about 10% of the frame (hence the much poorer quality).

1/2000 sec at f/5.6  ISO 400   70-200mm Nikkor f/2.8 lens at 155mm  VR on I suspect:



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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 08:44:33 AM »
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That first one is outstanding.  Is that a photograph or an Audubon drawing?  Interesting about those feet, too.
Were you on a boat?  The bird must have been on a glide.  Sharp focus, nice non-background. This image belongs in a book about birds!  Thanks, too, for including the camera data.
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2012, 11:40:48 AM »
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...much less noise now at high ISO and can, therefore, go for fast shutter speeds for shots like this.
That will be less true for the camera I use ;-)
But, it will still be true - and maybe I'll have to set ISO to Auto or keep it at 800 all the time before I can break out of my lowest-ISO mental cage.

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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2012, 01:03:50 PM »
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Isaac,

The gannet pics were taken with a Nikon dSLR but you don't need to use a dSLR to get good results at highish ISO.

This photograph of a robin was taken with an Olympus compact camera at ISO 1000.

There is a wee bit of noise in the background but it is not obtrusive and the feather detail is quite remarkable  for a compact camera.



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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 08:01:25 PM »
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Really well done.  Love the last one.
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