Got a lot closer to the Sandhill Cranes this time

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Steve S, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Was driving by the nearby golf course, when the greenskeeper waved me over, and said the Sandhills were out on the course. He lent me a golf cart, and I trucked on out to find them. Please bear in mind, I'm still shooting with a small tripod with only a Markin's M-10 ballhead on it. This arrangement is NOT easy to shoot a long lens with!
    ISO 800 for all and slow shutter speeds, due to stopping way down for increased chance of in focus keeepers! This was a very shky setup at best. The tripod setting in the passenger footwell of a gold cart, isn't the steadiest way to secure a tripod & big lens!
    This one shot @700mm:
    original.
    Model NIKON D2X
    Flash Used No
    Focal Length 700 mm
    Exposure Time 1/250 sec
    Aperture f/10
    ISO Equivalent 800
    Exposure Bias
    White Balance
    Metering Mode matrix (5)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority
    This one 500mm:
    original.
    Model NIKON D2X
    Flash Used No
    Focal Length 500 mm
    Exposure Time 1/160 sec
    Aperture f/11
    ISO Equivalent 800
    Exposure Bias
    White Balance
    Metering Mode matrix (5)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program aperture priority
     
  2. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Very good. You did well with the set-up that you had.
     
  3. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Great captures Steve. Wonderful colors and bokeh.
     
  4. Luv the colors and the lighting Steve, well done!!!

    Keith
     
  5. Nicely done, Steve. The golf course certainly makes for a smooth background with the bokeh you achieved. Nice of the greenskeeper to loan you a cart, as well!
     
  6. Nice shots, need to buy a golf cart and mount a gitzo 1325 with m20 head and sidekick and weld it to the cutomized golf cart, one heavily armed photomobile
     
  7. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Thanks guys, it was challenging

    since I didn't have the right equipment, and also, I didn't raise the tripod enough either. Had to bend way over and get all scrunched up to see through the finder. Didn't want to fool around raising it for fear of not getting the shots. This pair didn't have any babies this yr, and are the only ones around for miles. Odd they come back to this same place every yr. Promised the pro's wife a couple nice 8x10's as a thank you.
     
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