New Settings~Evening Birds and Sunset

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA

    Determined to get consistently sharp flight shots with the X, I went out and shot something different...AF-C, CLOSEST SUBJECT and a4 (lock-on) set to ON in Group Dynamic.

    This goes against everything I ever would have done with the X, and while tonight was just a first attempt, the results were consistently way better than what I've been getting in typical hazy evening conditions....

    Anyway...there wasn't much flying, but here are a few...all shot in long light...

    Seagull....(I know...BORING)


    A few egrets....

    And lastly....a very hazy and sultry sunset at my favorite tree on the edge of the marsh....

  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow Jim what a beautiful display of images. Hey you might just be on to something. They look fantastic. Crisp and clear as a bell.

    The sunset is ver dynamic shot. Perfect.

    Seagull not boring and the Egrets are wonderful also.

    Very successful outing, I would say
  3. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Beautiful images, Jim! Not much flying?!?!?!? Looks like a productive session to me!
  4. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hi Don

    At this location, if I don't have hundreds of big birds flying in an out in a 2 hour outing in the's a slow night!

    The tide was really low out in the marsh and that's why they weren't coming in to roost on time...they were too busy eating :)
  5. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Hey Jim,

    You make it sound like a "ho hum" day of shooting. The images were great and I am green with envy. When I go out looking for some larger birds to shoot...I end up never taking the camera out of the truck. The last time I went out to shoot birds, I came home with 275 images from a HS baseball game!?!?!

    Your images are always so classy...keep shooting and keep us green with envy!!!
  6. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA

    A) thanks for the kind words :)

    B) I gotta think that there are plenty of birds around that big ole lake you guys got up there?????
  7. I like all the bird shots even the seagull.


    WOW :shock: That sunset shot is just way tooooooooo cool. I love that shot!
  8. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hey Mark...

    Thanks :)
  9. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    those are for sure sharp, not boring and really well done !!
  10. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    You definitely made those settings work. Every one is crisp. I agree with Gale and others, Seagulls are not boring to me, and these are as good as I've seen.

    Looks like a pretty productive day considering the low traffic. 8)
  11. Jim
    Very interesting to quote Sargent Schultz, I was at Sandy Hook with a few forum members last Saturday and I was trying some different focus setting and this one seemed to work real well for me, I was hesitant to check it out since I never used it on the H. Well one must adapt to their new gear or at least until a firmware fix is released. Thanks for sharing.
    BTW take you slow night any day of the week
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