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Close, but no cigar . . .

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, May 11, 2016.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Ever since we saw bald eagles at Peebles Island, I have been casually chasing what I think of as the Holy Grail of bird and wildlife photography: birds in flight.

    At Peebles Island Saturday, we were walking the perimeter trail on the north side -- the trail is elevated at good 30 feet or more above the water. A couple of geese came booming in:

    P900 Peebles Island Parks day 033.
    I started panning, panning, trying to zoom . . . I triggered the shutter. The P900 proved that it can snap focus on a closer-in object with astonishing speed:

    P900 Peebles Island Parks day 034.
    Yesterday, I decided to bring the "little" camera (the LX100) to Oakwood Cemetery. At full optical and digital zoom, it can go to 300mm e. A couple of male mallards got into it over a female:

    LX100 Oakwood skies and geese 020.

    Finally one of them flew away:

    LX100 Oakwood skies and geese 021.
    Still not the quality I want to achieve but it sure is fun chasing after it!

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the chase is better than the kill. Of course if you ask a hungry lion, he may suggest that a kill is nice every once in awhile. :rofl:
     
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  3. bluzcity

    bluzcity SC Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    I used to shoot a lot of birds. It's a specialty that takes consistent practice, patience, and often challenging lighting conditions. And of course some camera systems do it better than others. For some reason I lost interest. I will shoot those lucky moments when a song bird lands in a tree 20 feet away or birds in the zoo, more domestics on a local lake. But I no longer spend an entire day at it. Looks like you're having fun! My bird gallery Birds
     
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  4. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    When I focused on wildlife for hours at a time, here's a few samples of what I got with the Panasonic FZ50, a 2006 bridge camera with a max 420 mm equiv. focal length. Apologies for low quality and bad composition/cropping. This was my first effort in wildlife photography. All taken at Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach CA, over a 2-year period.

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  5. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    More: Apologies for low quality and bad composition/cropping. This was my first effort in wildlife photography. All taken at Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach CA, over a 2-year period.

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  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    One of those is a Kestrel, right? Awesome shot!

    And Luke is right: part of the fun is trying to get the shot.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  7. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    when I had my 5D Mk2 and Mk 3 with 100-400 L lenses, and less of a tremor........I managed to get quite reasonable results. Sadly, I am not up to it any more. Even with a tripod.

    14974222591_b5ab59de70_h. Hanningfield Swan by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    21957872474_fd441ca50c_b. Kestrel in Flight - Heybridge by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    18350497298_1e3d954a77_b. Maldon swans in Flight by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    15724202363_6b6b2ebdf7_b. Lapwing in flight, Rainham RSPB by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    22092019326_08f53124a9_k. Hanningfield Flyers by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    16938197900_bb6df7d571_k. Brent Goose, Wanstead by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    16497743137_2f14b352bc_h. geese Lake Meadows by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    16679097346_0934dc4afc_k. geese Lake Meadows by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr
     
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  8. Looks like you have had some great success

    Sent from my SM-N920P using Photographers Lounge app
     
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  9. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Those are great shots, Pete.
     
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  10. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Kestrel, yes. Trying to get the shot and failing miserably 100 times over, discourages most people from going any further. But like so many things in life (example: driving solo for 2500 miles in 50 hours), just knowing that it's possible can get people past that discouragement. A shrink I talked to once explained 'knowing' - that knowing from someone else's experience is intellectual, and doesn't do it for people. But patience and some research can get a person there.
     
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  11. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    I still go to my old haunts when I get time. Even if the shots I get are a pile of ordure.........it is a place where I can listen to nature, hear the wind, the rain, feel the sun, hear the birds.......where I can "unthink" I love to unthink. I can recommend it to everyone!
     
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