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I can do woodpecker closeups!

Discussion in 'Birds' started by alexf, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Just not as good :smile:

  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Looks good to me.

    I have not been able to get close enough
  3. Man You were there!!!!
  4. Yeah, but my old 70-300G is too soft.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 24, 2007
  5. Great composition and a cool shot Alex.

    Now to some suggestions. Your 70-300 is not that soft. You have to low a shutter speed and you are over exposed by about +1.3 to + 1.6. And you have taken the shot sometime during the day when the light is harsh and creates to much shadowes, usually from 10-3 or so.

    So recommendations:
    • Put your camera in Aperture mode, dial in F8
    • Dial in -1.3 to -1.6 EV compensation on the camera, that will fix your over exposure and will increse the shutter speed. (handheld you will need about 1/45oth or so with the Crop factor of the camera (the normal formula used ot be 1/Focal length = shutter speed, but with the 1.5 crop factor you need to increase that to 1/(1.5xfocal length) = in this case 1/450th. With tripod considerably less.
    • Try to shoot this from sunrise to 10 am or 3 am to sunset. (btw if you shoot this really early with warm soft light you need less then -1.3 - 1.6 compensatiopn probably around -0.7 or so, if so increase ISO a bit to ISO 300 or so to get the shutter speed up.)

  6. Good stuff Andreas. Thanks!

    This one was shot at 9:19 am (the nest faces east on harsh sun).
    190mm - 1/320s - F5.0 - -0.3EV - ISO 110 (ISO Auto) with a heavy cro
    - with a tripod

    Will try again next visit to the nest.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 24, 2007
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