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- Oct 11, 2012
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I didn't crop at all. It was pretty fun. It was kinda like fishing. I just kept waiting...and waiting...until I got some bites. This lens is not one I am used to either, so that might be part of the problem. I will just keep practicing. It is also very relaxing.Your off to a good start. Flight shots are very tricky and it looks like #4 is in focus pretty well...
It seems that the head/eye are a little soft in the first 2. Are they heavy crops? On these small web shots it's hard to tell, but it looks like you might have a little front focus going on. I could be 100 % wrong of course because it's hard to say where the focus point was? Shooting on full frame you might have to stop down to get a little more DOF to keep large birds like herons in focus.. With GBH 1/1000th a sec is generally fast enough to stop motion as they fly pretty slow. Stationary you can lower if you are on a pod... If you stop down in good light you should have adequate shutter speed and you could push the 5D a little higher if needed in the ISO department.. Of course this is just my humble opinion... It gets very addicting very fast
Thank you. I was using the Canon 300mm 2.8L with a 2x tele-converter.Very nice captures for your first attempt Kathy. What lens did you use? Taking pictures of birds can become addicting and I agree with you it is relaxing. Wait until you try and shoot some pics of the little birds. Like your colors and sharpness.
Wow, un-cropped! That explains it. With the 5dm3 and a 300 F2.8+2x TC your DOF is very small at close distances. Just an estimate, at 50 feet your DOF is only like 8" and at 100 feet a little under 3 feet! It is one of those things that are very easy to overlook when you first start shooting monster lenses!... When I'm shooting my Ospreys, I try to shot at F8 to make sure I get enough DOF to get them all in focus.
Bird photography is a really wonderful experience and allows you to view and appreciate a whole different side of nature. I'm constantly in awe of the things I see when I'm out there that I never took the time to notice...