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Great Egret

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Gale, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Ohhh I love my camera :>)))

    D200 80-400 VR

    Watching and posing pretty...
    Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

    Just a little snack
    View attachment 22962

    Critique always Please :>))
  2. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Gale :

    You're just tearing up the swamps with the D200, eh ?

    On the C&C side, I'm wondering if you're shooting the 80-400mm VR wide-open for these shots (no EXIF to look at, y'see), because they're a trifle soft on the bird's head. Could also be the focal point that you're using. If you are shooting wide open, I'd recommend stopping it down a bit to get the full ability of that lovely lens.

    But they're only a bit along this way, and I think you're taking the measure of the D200 and the 80-400mm VR together.

    John P.
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    John ,
    Here is the exif from the image at pbase for the images.

    29-Dec-2005 15:24:45
    Make Nikon
    Model NIKON D200
    Flash Used No
    Focal Length 360 mm
    Exposure Time 1/1250 sec
    Aperture f/5.6
    ISO Equivalent 200
    Exposure Bias
    White Balance (9)
    Metering Mode center weighted (2)
    JPEG Quality (6)
    Exposure Program manual (1)

    Thank you very much for the help :>)) Much apprediated.
  4. Gale,
    The improvement in your images is readily apparent with this new camera! you got to be loving it! What editing program are you using?
  5. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Gale :

    As I suspected - you're shooting the 80-400mm wide open (it's a variable aperture lens, but it's likely wide open or nearly so at 360mm).

    Try stopping it down one or two f/stops, and you'll see a marked advantage in the crispness of the image. You won't be able to do this in low light or for some flight shots without upping the ISO, but you could easily have stopped down for these stationary photos.

    Give it a try, but make sure you watch your shutter speeds for the given aperture. The D200's pretty clean up through ISO800, so don't hesitate to up the ISO as needed.

    You might also look at the sharpening settings in the D200 - these could also help.

    But no matter. You're really taking a jump upwards with these recent shots, Gale.

    John P.

    P.S. You nailed the exposure with these - just holding the white but keeping details in hand. Nicely done.
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thanks again John,
    I also reposted the second one...

    Yes I could have stopped it down for sure :>)) Will try to remember next time......
  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Hi Dave,

    Thank you..
    Yes I do love the new camera. Much improved over the D100, at least for this lens.

    I use NC for processing and PSCS2 to finish off.
  8. Very nice I think Johns suggestion to stop down is a good one when you shoot from the care do you use a bean bag. It really helps and is one of the few cheap things in photography
  9. lowlight_junkie


    Nov 28, 2005
    Wonderfull shots Gale, great "fresh from the laundry whites!"
  10. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank You Mike :>))

    Good idea...
  11. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl

    Yes they are sparkle white for sure. I bleached him first :>)))))))

    Thank you,
    Appreciate the kind words.
  12. Johntu


    Jul 4, 2005
    Fremont, CA
    Ohhh I love your pictures :>)))

    Nice capture, Gale, I should go out and shoot some Egrets myself ;-)
  13. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank you John,

    This has been a tough haul for me.....Hopefully I am getting a bit closer.
  14. Hi Gale,

    Great photos of the Snowy. It looks like you have added a lot of hardware since last February!

    We are looking forward to seeing you again in 5+ weeks.
    Bob & Nan
  15. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Hi Bob,
    Like you ,I have tried to improve and sometimes gear does help.

    You have come 500 % way ahead of the game and doing wonderful . Makes me so happy to see. Know your pleased.

    Your new lenses have been a godsend...

    Looking foward to seeing you real soon...
  16. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    I agree with John also on stopping down the lens a bit, and with bumping the ISO up if you have to in order to get the needed shutter speed. I also agree that your shots have improved significantly with your new cam. I'm sure a lot of it is the cam, but I think that it is your confidence as well. I predict that you will go nowhere but up from here, especially when you get the 300 2.8. :smile:
  17. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank You Flewwwww

    I keep trying and learning.

    thank you all for the help.

    Most appreciated.:>)))))))))))
  18. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    As well you should, but don't forget without your talent no image at all!
    Very nice Gale
  19. Hi Gale

    What a wonderful subject, and very nicely captured. I am really going to enjoy your progress, both as a photographer and a lens junky :wink: (sort of like the rest of us...).

    You nailed the exposure on a tough subject. What was your thinking on choosing center weighted metering over matrix? I do not use center weight ofter - maybe I should be...
  20. Hi Gale

    I really like these. I am glad to see the 80-400 VR is working well with your D200. In pic #2 the eye and the bill look sharp and detailed to me.

    Happy New Year
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