My first little trip with my new 400D + 70-200mm L IS USM

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  1. libeco

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    About a week after buying my Canon 400D and only day after receiving my brand new Canon EF 70-200MM F/2.8L IS USM it was supposed to be nice weather. So I took my bicycle, pointed out a little tour through google earth and went out. Within 5 minutes after reaching my first photo-stop underway suddenly the clouds covered the sky only to reveal some blue parts from time to time. So after a while I decided just to see how photographing moving objects (birds in this case) would go. And I must say it was very hard to get pictures in focus (while using AI servo and the IS set to mode 2) so I hope some people can comment on those how to improve. My second question is the light metering, I have the feeling my subject is to dark all the time while the sky is exposed ok (so after trying to correct this in PS the result is a lot of noise), for this kind of situation what is the best metering mode?

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    Hai,CONGRATULATIONS on acquiring new Camera and Lens. The lens is a great one. I like the shots #10 and #11. And I think you shall get more sharp and better pictures of birds if you have a tripod and get more aquainted with the lens and camera settings.Good luck with your shooting.Ravi.
     
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    Hey, I envy you your cormorants-in-flight-pics!!!
    I have tried to capture those in flight and all I ever got were bloopers. Too bloopery even for the bloopers forum here :oops:

    Congrats to your new toy!!
     
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    I like 4 & 11, but I would crop 11 down.
     
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    Thnx for the comments!

    Is there anybody who can help me with my problem with the metering mode? Or is it just better to overexpose the shot to get the subject right?
     
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    My favourite is number 4.. it's definitely one of the most interesting grass pics I've seen

    Sorry, no tips for exposure.. except the ever popular HDR, which doesn't work well for moving subjects..
     
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    when I'm photographing birds in flight or planes I normally over exposure by 1 to 1.3 stops then play around in the RAW conversion
     
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    A quick way is to expose for the ground - grass is pretty close to what you want - then change to manual and put those settings in and as LP says, use RAW that gives you more chance of a good exposure without noise.
     
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    RAW is the standard for me already... :)

    Yesterday I tried some in my backyard, but I think exposing for the grass wouldn't help too much there since it's surrounded by houses, while the bird is in direct sunlight, but perhaps it might work in the open field, I will try. Thanks for the replies!
     

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