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Discussion in 'Cameras and Photography' started by tybrad, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. mhedges

    mhedges Super Member

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    Yeah I agree that it is cropped a little too tight. I would try to show all of the front leg (including paw) and the collar.
     

     

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  2. KankRat

    KankRat New Member

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    I see this all the time. Too centered. Look up "rule of thirds".
    Otherwise nice shot.
     
  3. 1970's Fan

    1970's Fan Super Member

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    27BD22B8-FE02-45DB-A96F-4EBCFEA4BBB4.jpeg I went to Oban, Argyle today to try to get a photo of a seagul in flight. Oh how frustrating! This is the best I could get.
    I also took this one of a more relaxed one.
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    Here is a nice boat.
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  4. mhedges

    mhedges Super Member

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    BIF photography is tough. I don't have a lot of advice to offer other than I've heard that's an area where having the best gear really does help.
     
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    I think I need to watch some you tube videos on the subject. I realised that I was using single point of focus which makes it harder to keep it on the bird as it flies. I couldn’t work out how to get more focus points on the viewfinder. I will plan it better the next time I go to take similar pics. I was going to take my 70-300mm Tamron lens but took my 55-200mm Nikon instead as it’s more compact.
     
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  6. mhedges

    mhedges Super Member

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    I would take the longest lens you have. Unless it has really slow and/or bad AF.
     
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  7. 1970's Fan

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    It has image stabiliser (vc) and the focussing is fine.
     
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  8. cratz2

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    I have the Nikon 55-200 (first version with VR) and the Tamron 70-300 VC. I don't really shoot birds but the Tamron has much quicker AF performance in my experience.

    Sometimes it might work better to shoot around 200 or 250 even on a 300mm-capable lens as the autofocus might be a hair quicker and it might be able to track flight better, but I'd use the Tamron everytime when shooting birds or really any time the extra length and weight won't be too cumbersome.
     
  9. jheu02

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    Pelicans...
    Though not in flight, I captured this one back in 2010 trying to take a nap on a pier. Shot with my K20D and a Soligor 85-300 MF lens.
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  10. 0Hz

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    I've always failed at shooting birds. Unless it was something relatively stationary.

    I was going to post a time exposure I took downtown in Madison last year, but I found a much nicer scene to look at. I'm actually surprised I managed to post-process something this well. I took this shot at a random location in one of the darker areas I managed to find where I live. When I first got my camera I was out doing lots of time exposures pointed at the sky to see what I could come up with via stacking, etc.

    This is all a single shot, nothing fancy. with some post processing. I believe the clouds were a storm front moving in that night. Also idk what this will look like, but it looks good on my end. I have a monitor profile done with DisplayCAL and some hardware thingy I picked up a while back. But my "correct" images have shown dark on test prints (ritzpix), and also it seems some web browsers choose whether or not they want to properly use color management.

    Again there is nothing spectacular here I just think it's a nice scene to look at.
    Shot on a Nikon D3400, ISO 3200, 18mm, f/4, exposed for 30 seconds using 18 - 55 VR kit lens
    Taken at 11:00PM CST

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  11. mhedges

    mhedges Super Member

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    Looks good to me. I need to try some of these after dusk shots.
     
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  12. old_tv_nut

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    Looks good here.
    Prints can look darker or lighter than the monitor version depending on the lighting conditions around your monitor and the lighting of the print.

    Generally my prints look a bit darker in ordinary room light and lighter when viewed in the camera club's light box for competition.
    Regarding color management of web browsers, your best bet is to make sure you are converting to sRGB when you output to jpg. The non-managed web browsers will default to this.
    If someone uses a wide gamut monitor with a non-color-managed program, then that's their problem. Nothing you can do about that. If they went to the trouble and expense to get a wide-gamut monitor, they should know better.
     
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  13. 0Hz

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    Yeah color management is too much of a hassle to really wrap my brain around. I understand monitor brightness itself also plays a role in how dark/light something is gonna look in print (as opposed to just managing the color stuff). As far as web browsers, it seems a lot are just buggy and don't repsect color profile management, at least when it comes to Chrome/Chromium based browsers.

    Firefox seems to work fine out of the box, but in Vivaldi or Chrome you have to hunt down backend flags to force color profile management into sRGB mode.
     

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