Sweet Light On Plum Island

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I decided to hike out and try a slightly different spot this morning as the tide was low out in the sound and most of the birds were out there feeding. There is an isolated stand of pines out on the edge of Plum Island Sound and I was awarded with a couple of interesting shots in the span of about an hour and a half:

First...a flyby from a Black Crowned Night Heron....the light was really low and I wish I'd had more shutter speed so that these were crisper, but it was too darned early...

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Then a merlin who had been playing aerial combat with a Harrier flew by and stopped to take a look (I might have had some great aerial combat shots but I sneezed and when I did the Harrier blasted away from me)

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And just as I was leaving, a honker flew upon me and I got one shot off..

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Great shots Jim, especially the YCNH. Some of the best I have seen of one of these in flight. The light is really sweet.

Way to go. :wink:
 
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Thanks Frank

It does payt to get up at 4:00 AM pal :)

Belive it or not, with the breeze blowing this morning, I had to wear GLOVES :(
 
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jfenton said:
It does payt to get up at 4:00 AM pal :)

Belive it or not, with the breeze blowing this morning, I had to wear GLOVES :(


Wait a minute Jim.. are you telling me that there are to 4:00 a day? No way dude.. only one and that is when Oprah Winfrey comes on here in Detroit. :biggrin:

Very nice photos.. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Hi Andreas

Slightly cropped for perspective and to make the subject a bit more biggerer :)

These were shot in AF-C, single area (1st selection on the rear).

Group mode was sent to pattern 1~center not closest as closest just doesn't seem to work worth beans lately for me.
 
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Hey Dave...

dbirdsong said:
Wait a minute Jim.. are you telling me that there are to 4:00 a day? No way dude.. only one and that is when Oprah Winfrey comes on here in Detroit. :biggrin:

Very nice photos.. Thanks for sharing.

4:00 AM comes 12 hours BEFORE Oprah :)
 
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No doubt great light
the raptor my favorite, of course :smile:
 
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OK so I have been trying Group mode 2, closest, not had much luck tracking birds at all...

I dug into the manual page 184 to understand this better (it's dogeared, still can't remember it all...)

So if I understand this correctly witht his setting one has 5 areas contributing but the center one is weighted more then the 4 in the diamond outside, so there is more area covered on the bird. No that I see it on page 184 it make sense to me why you have it that way, more AF points to cover the subject then other options.. I will try it for sure.

BTW I tried Dynamic AF-C on my D100 and the 300mm F2.8 VR and it tracked pretty much every time when I could point it correctly on the subject.... Nikon needs to come out with a fix to this in the next firmware....

Thanks for sharing!


jfenton said:
Slightly cropped for perspective and to make the subject a bit more biggerer :)

These were shot in AF-C, single area (1st selection on the rear).

Group mode was sent to pattern 1~center not closest as closest just doesn't seem to work worth beans lately for me.
 
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Andreas

Nikon absolutely has some work to do on their focusing / tracking algorithms.

I find it reprehensible that they say that closest subject may not work with telephoto lenses as well......
 
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Wonderful shots, Jim. I especially like the early AM light on the NH and the Merlin looking like he is having a bad feather day. You said BCNH and Frank called it a YCNH. Which is it?

What lens are you shooting with? Hand-held?

Gordon
 
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Hi Gordon

Definetly a BCNH.

Shot on tripod with the 500 AFSII and TC14EII.

A year ago I hated the idea of using a tripod...now there's no way IU'd be without one...especially with the X.
 
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Jim, I am not sure about getting up at 4:00 am but looking at you pictures I would say it was. I am going to have to start getting my butt out of bed a bit earlier. These are fantastic shots and since we don't have any BCNH's here I appreciate the opportunity to view yours. As always another great series of pictures.
 
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I'm Totally Amazed

That all of you so called "Bird and Animal" shooters think that you can sleep in and not miss anything. It is by far and away the best time of the day for shooting IMHO.

Anyone want to accompany me when I start shooting short eared owls and harriers on the marsh this winter? It's a tad chilly at sunup in January :)

WIMPS!
 
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Wow, this is impressive. The morning light is a pure delight, but the tracking, keeping excellent exposure and sharpness, is of absolute mastery.
 
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Hi Gordon

I was thrilled to death as I tracked the Merlin in and realized that he was going to land right smack in front of me!

He was rather personable too....every time I'd whistle at him. he'd turn his head and look right at me :)
 

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jfenton said:
Slightly cropped for perspective and to make the subject a bit more biggerer :)

These were shot in AF-C, single area (1st selection on the rear).

Group mode was sent to pattern 1~center not closest as closest just doesn't seem to work worth beans lately for me.

I am confused. If you are shooting in single area that only uses the region around the selected focus bracket, why does the group dynamic pattern (a3) setting matter?
 

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