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Posted By: RobG, 10-25-2016, 02:33 AM

Who knew that a macro lens might be good for photographing birds?


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10-25-2016, 02:36 AM   #2
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That is nice Rob.
The light wasn't exactly in your favour, (but interesting around the tail feathers!!)
10-25-2016, 02:52 AM   #3
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That is nice Rob.
The light wasn't exactly in your favour, (but interesting around the tail feathers!!)
Thanks! Not long afterward I saw a group of Noisy Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds feeding on prostrate grevilleas at new Parliament House, but the light then was atrocious. I'm impressed how well the lens has performed with the backlighting in this image.
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Yes to get that amount of detail with the light coming from the wrong direction is quite remarkable.

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but the light then was atrocious. I'm impressed how well the lens has performed with the backlighting in this image.
Some PP might go a long way...
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Some PP might go a long way...
It looks fine on my screen? Boosting the shadow data too much will just lose contrast and risk blowing out the highlights. I didn't want to do a lot of post processing because part of the point of the photos I took was to see the results from the DFA 100 which arrived along with a DA15 limited. I wanted to see the results of the lenses on the K3 rather than how clever I am at post processing. I have only cropped, tweaked the curves, resized and sharpened slightly.

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Yes to get that amount of detail with the light coming from the wrong direction is quite remarkable.
Exactly! I'm pretty sure that the result with the DA55-300 I normally travel with wouldn't have been as good in terms of detail (sharpness aside), and if I'd had the DA*300 and 1.4x TC on the camera, I might have got a macro of the bird's head!
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part of the point of the photos I took was to see the results from the DFA 100 which arrived along with a DA15 limited.
Fair enough but it would have been helpful to have stated that. As it is all I know is what the image, as posted, tells me.
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Great backdrop of wisteria, Rob ... no wonder you were keen to forgive the sun being on the other side!

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Fair enough but it would have been helpful to have stated that. As it is all I know is what the image, as posted, tells me.
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Great backdrop of wisteria, Rob ... no wonder you were keen to forgive the sun being on the other side!
Thanks! I thought so too.
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Love the back lighting here. Nice bokeh, too!

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Love the back lighting here. Nice bokeh, too!
Thanks Adam! Now you mention it, I really like the bokeh bubbles too!
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