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GBH and a spring day
Posted By: Peter Zack, 05-03-2008, 05:51 PM

Spring seems to be hitting the east. I need to get some rubber boots for walking in the marshes. The sneakers were soaked in short order.

K10D, FA*300mm f 4.5 with Tamron 1.4 TC

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05-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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Great shots Peter, I really like the first one I'll take wet over frozen any day
05-03-2008, 08:49 PM   #3
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Nice Peter,
I like number 3 the best, nice movement and I like the patches of water. Might make a nice panorama shot, cut off top and bottom and just leave the bird.

Number 1 is nice too, again the movement is good.

Don't like number 2, hurts my eyes. What is that going on in the grass behind the bird?

05-03-2008, 09:10 PM   #4
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Peter, great first shot.

With TC, the bokeh can turn really ugly for Fa* 300 f4.5; this is unfortunately the same for f2.8 version as well. 300mm can not take highlight in background bokeh too well

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Yes that's true with a bright sunny day. Using either TC causes a rough looking bokeh when the background is busy with highlights. There was a ton of sun reflecting off the new grass that was covered in water (it's in a marsh). The last shot was a poor shooting angle since the camera was pointed directly at the sun. I was just happy to be able to capture the bird in flight and be able to track it with the AF.

This wildlife shooting is a completely different learning curve than taking a picture of a flower....
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Putting that lens to good use Peter. Love the last shot the low flying , great wing span well done. Looking forward to wedding shots at 300mm
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Great shots Peter. Wetland but it looks like you're getting more sun than we are at the moment.


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Thanks Paul and Dave, Yes beautiful here again today. Spring and summer are here. I am enjoying the FA* probably the best lens I have now. I see why Tom Lusk basically only uses that lens. The TC with backgrounds is tricky and I will have to be more careful.

I know the Sigma 500 f4.5 (Walter's lens) is next....

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