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I am watching you ! (and your fishes!)
Lens: fF 300mm f4.5 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: QC, Canada ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: Weevil, 11-04-2014, 06:42 PM

This guy was flying around during a ice fishing day, looking at dead minnows we left behind...



Goéland argenté / European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
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11-04-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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You have this birding caper worked out, pass on some tips if you can some time.
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Great pix. Almost Hitchcockian.

Ice fishing....your lakes/rivers are already frozen over ?
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You have this birding caper worked out, pass on some tips if you can some time.

Thanks ! I'd say, go out and shoot... use pretty fast lens as much as possible (the DA* 300mm F4 is a good one, although not the fastest focus on the market... the F* 300 f4.5 or similar are very good too!)
Choose your time... sunny days helps!
A good idea also is to start with the Tav mode... set the speed 1.5 to 2x the focal length at minimum (better get noise than blurred image .... that can anyways be improved in PP)
These are some tips to start from...


hope this helps !

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Wow that's good! Great angle!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Thanks ! I'd say, go out and shoot... use pretty fast lens as much as possible (the DA* 300mm F4 is a good one, although not the fastest focus on the market... the F* 300 f4.5 or similar are very good too!)
Choose your time... sunny days helps!
A good idea also is to start with the Tav mode... set the speed 1.5 to 2x the focal length at minimum (better get noise than blurred image .... that can anyways be improved in PP)
These are some tips to start from...


hope this helps !
Cheers mate, I have FA*300 4.5 it is pretty good lens, have been shooting but probably not enough. You technique must be very good with what I have seen in the last few days. When I am out the birds are always just out of range, maybe waiting quietly may help. Thank you for sharing your photos and tips.
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Cheers mate, I have FA*300 4.5 it is pretty good lens, have been shooting but probably not enough. You technique must be very good with what I have seen in the last few days. When I am out the birds are always just out of range, maybe waiting quietly may help. Thank you for sharing your photos and tips.
Thanks.
Ho Yeah... I forgot to mention... "GET CLOSER" is also the clue to success !
and get stabilized (monopod, tripod) as much as possible....
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funny - you can almost get a hand - very close!

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Amazing DOF. I wish I could shoot in that much light! Great shot!
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Excellent shot! I've tried it and know, first-hand, just how difficult it is. The sharpness and DOF are great. I'm surprised that you had that high of a shutter speed with an ISO of 100.


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Excellent shot! I've tried it and know, first-hand, just how difficult it is. The sharpness and DOF are great. I'm surprised that you had that high of a shutter speed with an ISO of 100.


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Since it was on a frozen lake, with snow cover all around, in a bright sunny day, I could do that... it's like having reflectors all around !
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"All your fishes are belong to me."
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You have this birding caper worked out, pass on some tips if you can some time.
This might be of some interest
The 'Lost Wallet' Technique and 10 Other Great Tips for Photographing Wildlife


I like the ideas of the lost wallet technique !
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Nice picture and interesting composition, I like it!
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Hey- fantastic shot there! Also, thanks for sharing the video. I may employ some of those techniques some day soon. Sure would be nice to have a 150-600mm tele and a $300 tripod with me when I do!
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