some ducks on a pond! C&C please

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    JKnobelock TPF Noob!

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    so i wanted to play with the 600mm thats been sitting around the house... here are the results... this was my first time shooting any sort of animals.
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    The first two are a little blurry in the background in a weird way. But i really like the 3rd one.
     
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    yea, im not really sure why its blurred that way, only post production was exposure and contrast. so it was how the camera took it.
     
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    The white balance seems off in some of these. And the bokeh is looks really awful. What lens is that?

    #5 would have looked better in landscape orientation.

    I like #2 best.
     
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    I’m assuming this is a low to medium grade lens

    that’s very common in long low to medium grade lens

    And the second duck in #1 dose not help.
     
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    Now I'm confused. Don't # 1 and 5 show good examples of bokeh? The washed out soft and silky circles... Or am I missing something?
     
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    the lens is a sigma 600mm mirror f/8... my dad bought it a while ago, with the intent of bird photography, and never really used it much, go figure.
     
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    on #1 the second duck behind really messes with what I'm seeing.
     
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    No very bad bokeh
     
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    Sorry don't like the look of that lens
     
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    i wonder if u would hve got better results with your sigma 300 and zoomed in on the laptop.
     
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    from my experiences with the 70-300mm I would say not.

    As for the shots the rings in the background are a feature of mirror lenses, so there is really nothing you can do to lessen or remove that effect (that I know of). However I have known a photographer to lessen the impact on their shots of it by delibratly shooting in lowkey by underexposing the shot intentionally and then using a flash (with a better beamer for more range) to light up the main subject, whilst the background ends up in darkness - thus the hoops are hidden.

    Blurryness can be limited by using a few methods - firstly shoot as fast as you can - if your using the method described above that will likley be the fastest flash sync speed of your camera. Also shooting from a tripod can really help as well - espcailly with such a long lens (remember without flash your shutter speed wants to be at least 1/600 or faster - so at f8 that means you need good lighting to shoot in1!)
     

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