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Backyard marsupials
Lens: FA*300mm f4.5 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia ISO: 6400 Shutter Speed: 1/50s Aperture: F5 
Posted By: Des, 02-04-2018, 07:23 PM

Here's some classic advice from our dear departed Rupert about shooting backyard wildlife (from this thread):
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I have been shooting with the Bigma 50-500 since 2007 and a 70-300 before that, and I can tell you that it takes a good while and a ton of shots to get where you can consistently get decent shots without depending on "good luck". I hand hold almost 100% of my shots and have all sorts of ways of holding the big lens and bracing myself. Discovering the right settings is also critical. All this takes time and practice, lots of practice!........every shot I take is still a practice shot. In the end, if you keep at it, the rewards are worth all the trouble! I also acknowledge that Lady Luck is often involved in long glass shooting....
I've tried to practise and learn too. Lady Luck has smiled on me occasionally, although she's a little fickle for me, and like Rupert I prefer her more reliable sisters, Experience, Technique and Shake Reduction. :-)

These are all marsupials (that is, mammals which nurture their young in a pouch), photographed on our property

Grumpy male koala. K-3 + FA*300mm f4.5.



Swamp wallaby with a joey. K-30 + Sigma 400mm f5.6 Tele Macro.


Common Brushtail Possum. K-3 + DFA 100mm f2.8 Macro WR


Common Wombat
. K-30 + DA-L 55-300mm f4-5.8. (A little blurry as it was moving towards me, but exciting to get the shot given it's a mostly nocturnal animal.)

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Methinks Rupert would be very pleased with your " Aussie " offerings Des.
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Methinks Rupert would be very pleased with your " Aussie " offerings Des.
Many thanks Pete.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Here's some classic advice from our dear departed Rupert about shooting backyard wildlife (from this thread):


I've tried to practise and learn too. Lady Luck has smiled on me occasionally, although she's a little fickle for me, and like Rupert I prefer her more reliable sisters, Experience, Technique and Shake Reduction. :-)

These are all marsupials (that is, mammals which nurture their young in a pouch), photographed on our property

Grumpy male koala. K-3 + FA*300mm f4.5.



Swamp wallaby with a joey. K-30 + Sigma 400mm f5.6 Tele Macro.


Common Brushtail Possum. K-3 + DFA 100mm f2.8 Macro WR


Common Wombat
. K-30 + DA-L 55-300mm f4-5.8. (A little blurry as it was moving towards me, but exciting to get the shot given it's a mostly nocturnal animal.)
Nice shot.

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Had no idea the FA*300mm had such wonderful bokeh!
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Nice shot.
Thanks Mark. I don't imagine possums are a Kiwi's favourite animal!

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Had no idea the FA*300mm had such wonderful bokeh!
Yes, it can be very pleasant indeed. More samples in my Flickr album: Pentax FA*300mm f4.5 | Flickr
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