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patience pays off

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Luke, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I usually walk the dogs around 6 o'clock every night that I don't work. This coincides with when the deer start to stir and think about feeding...they are most active at dusk and dawn. So I've been bringing my camera along on the dog walks more religiously. Of course, it's just blind luck if I'll see one. And more luck if the dogs will keep from freaking out. And then even more luck if he can keep them still enough on leash and still be able to operate the camera controls while shooting something that is shy, twitchy and usually 20-70 yards away (in a dark woods).

    Usually I hear some movement first that gives away their position. Tonight, I heard nothing. But as I scanned through the trees for something other than green, I spotted something.......
    14725966241_cdf8743830_b. i could have easily missed it by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    She (or he) was pretty close.....maybe 20 yards away. But there was a fair amount of vegetation between us and I think she felt comfortable that she had an escape route behind her. I never approach wild animals. I just stood and watched and occasionally tried snapping a few shots. I had the camera set on Auto 800 ISO, but at f5.6 at 100mm they were all coming out blurry...some from me, some from her movement. I changed the setting to auto3200 and while I was looking down at the camera, she had moved away. And then I saw her....she was walking closer and out of the woods and crossing the paved path. I had an unobstructed view. The dogs must have been as in awe as I was.....they weren't making a peep. She was now probably 10 yards away....maybe less. Snap, snap, snap. Here's the best one I got. Then it was time to keep moving and let her be.

    14542503269_c91bf08dab_b. that awkward age by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
     
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  2. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Well done!

    Cheers, Jock
     
  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Delightful.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice Luke. I went into Flickr and viewed it at the largest size posted and there's a lot of really nice detail too in her coat and around her face. Pretty cool shot to have...

    -Ray
     
  5. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I have a question. In the "hidden" shot, it is pretty obvious that you have the fawn's head fairly well in focus and the foreground foliage is out of focus.

    Did you manually focus or use some other technique to accomplish that?

    cheers, Jock
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    The AF point was small enough that by carefully aiming between the foreground leaves, I was able to hit the fawn (or at least some foliage on the same focal plane). If that hadn't worked, I wasn't going to switch to MF (with a camera I didn't know AND two dogs on leash keeping one hand busy). In the past when I can't grab focus through the trees, I estimate the distance and find something else around the same distance and then focus and recompose. It's not always ideal, but with small sensors, there's more room for error.
     
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Ray's a pixel peeper. :tongue:

    I processed it to look OK at the size displayed. Viewing original size shows a lot of ugly noise from me cranking the sliders. Now if only I had an RX1 sensor with a 300mm reach.
     
  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Nahhhh - the largest size isn't that huge and I didn't see the ugly noise, just some nice detail. I think that size would be about full screen on my 27" Mac display at home, so that's how I'd usually view it, rather than on the little MacBook I have here at the shore...

    -Ray
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    oh good.... you didn't look at the largest size. It is 3800 x 2500.......or is that considered small for you now. :wink:
     
  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very, very cool. Probably too young to know better than to come closer to the dogs, I guess.
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm pretty sure that this shot captures the fawn staring at the dogs and wondering what those smelly little beasts are and why they are tied to the man with the camera growing out of his face.
    14711224696_9315104220_c. DSC_1638 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
     
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  12. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Yeah that looks about right.
     
  13. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Nice shots.
     
  14. El Guapo

    El Guapo SC Regular

    176
    Feb 3, 2014
    Oh Dear, that IS nice. LOL
     
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  15. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm sure I deserve this for any number of past and ongoing sins, but my standard of "pixel peeping" honestly is how something looks when it fills the screen of my 27" iMac monitor. Which something with a long horizontal edge of about 2800 pixels seems to do really nicely, so that size was the basis of my comment. If it looks good on that, it's gonna look good at any size I'd ever print it, so that's my standard of judgement. On my own stuff, if I'm really going deep into the Nik filters, I will sometimes check it at the pixel level to see how well it's holding up under my processing shenanigans, but for a finished image about 2800 pixels is as deep as I go because that's what it roughly takes to fill my monitor. I don't think I saw 3800 x 2500 among the options, but, nope, not too small... :cool:

    BTW, I like this more recent shot too, and I haven't seen it any larger than on my iPad on the forum!

    -Ray
     
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