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Discussion in 'Merritt Island VI' started by Clix Pix, Feb 18, 2009.

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  2. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Excelent captures Connie
     
  3. Thanks! I experimented with handholding Bertha (200 f/2) so that I would not have to worry much about the background, but I found that there were limitations to that, including the fairly long focusing distance of the lens. Sometimes I had to stand further back than I really wanted to do. Also, there was the issue of having the aperture set very wide open -- while it did a great job of eliminating distractions in the background, also didn't allow for the entire subject to be in sharp, crisp focus, which when shooting feathered birds isn't ideal. Oh, well.....
     
  4. Well, while the subjects are nice to photograph.. If I can be a bit honest? These are a bit soft? At least it appears that way in what is posted.. not sure if it was too narrow a DOF or camera shake?

    Just my opinion and as i say what do i know....
     
  5. Yes, I think they're a bit soft due to both factors: narrow DOF and camera shake. I'm not used to handholding that lens (I think she weighs around 6 pounds)! Even though I had the shutter speed set pretty high that still doesn't always help. Next time I shoot raptors in that kind of situation I'll be using either a different lens or that lens with the tripod or monopod! LOL!
     
  6. johncarol

    johncarol

    Jan 31, 2006
    SW Florida
    Connie, Classy shot of the eagle especially, guess the 200 f2 helped?
     
  7. Thanks, John! The black background here on the eagle is because I not only photographed the eagles while they were out with the handler, I also got a few shots of them in their living quarters.
     
  8. StephanieHelen

    StephanieHelen

    Jun 9, 2006
    Connie,
    These are beautiful but the eagle image is fantastic; if you didn't get any other image, this one made it worth the six pound weight.
     
  9. Thanks, Stephanie! Actually, I do have more but just have not gotten back to processing them yet! While the other people were shooting one of the owls, I wandered over to the eagles' quarters, admired them and spent a little time with them in our own private shooting session!
     
  10. shtarka1

    shtarka1

    Feb 1, 2008
    Boston
    Some Fantastic Shots! Love The Last 2 Best!
     
  11. Thanks, Steve! I really need to get back to processing all the images from Merritt VI!
     
  12. First one Connie - awesome!
     
  13. Thanks, Frits! I really do wish that I'd not shot with Bertha (200 f/2) wide open, and that I'd gone ahead and used the tripod, which I did have with me. Those were big birds (except for the one cute little owl) and the f/2 was just not too good for feather detail and such, even though it did a great job of blitzing out the background.
     
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