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He Never Had a Chance
Posted By: Jimbo, 03-29-2009, 07:54 PM

I almost felt sorry for the frog! Have a few more I will post later. JIM






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03-29-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Great capture Marc ... umm I mean Jim You must have been close.
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One more with a slightly different PP to bring out the proper grey color in the Heron. JIM

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Thanks Dave. About 10 feet away. I waited 15 minutes before I got this shot. I need to do a little more PP work on the first three I posted. Cheers JIM

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Jim,

Great series, I envy your patience.

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These are remarkable, JIM; and I do pity the frog a bit. You must have the patience of Job to get these kinds of shots.

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Great series, I envy your patience.

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Appreciate the comments Ray. I just love this hobby and it makes me forget and that rest of the world's problems including mine. I have shot 100's of Heron shots this year but nothing with them eating. Cheers. JIM

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These are remarkable, JIM; and I do pity the frog a bit. You must have the patience of Job to get these kinds of shots.

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Thank you Jer. Cheers JIM
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Hey Jim, nice to see some feeding time shots - great timing and patience!

This series reminds me about the Great Egret images I've not posted anywhere. It's rather comical - the frog actually has an expression on it's face...

Suggestions to help you out in the future/going forward:
  1. Drop the aperture a wee bit to make the grass in the background a little more OOF. Right now it's at F/5 - try F/4 -ish... that will help your shutter speed go up a tad from 1/100 sec., which never hurts.
  2. Do you have your K10D setup to 1/3 EV stops? If so, you may be able to bump the ISO up a tad to 500 or 640. I'm not comfortable going past that with the K10D CCD sensor in dimmer conditions. It's obviously an overcast day, so that's why I suggest this.
What is your support method for the lens while in the vehicle?

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Wow, super shot Jim!
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Hey Jim, nice to see some feeding time shots - great timing and patience!

This series reminds me about the Great Egret images I've not posted anywhere. It's rather comical - the frog actually has an expression on it's face...

Suggestions to help you out in the future/going forward:

Drop the aperture a wee bit to make the grass in the background a little more OOF. Right now it's at F/5 - try F/4 -ish... that will help your shutter speed go up a tad from 1/100 sec., which never hurts.
Do you have your K10D setup to 1/3 EV stops? If so, you may be able to bump the ISO up a tad to 500 or 640. I'm not comfortable going past that with the K10D CCD sensor in dimmer conditions. It's obviously an overcast day, so that's why I suggest this.
What is your support method for the lens while in the vehicle?

Regards,
Marc
Thanks Marc. Great suggestions here. Yes I do have 1/3 EV stops set up. This was, I believe + 0.7 with a 360-400 ISO @ 100 sutter speed. I would have like to be in the 1/400 sec but now possible for the lighting. 500-640 is about as high a ISO I would go with this type of shot on my K10. The K20 1000-1250 ISO gives about the same results, from what I can tell. I usually have a bean bag with me for the car window. In this case I was just on the edge of the window hand holding my Sigma 70-200. The Heron was in the shadows and it was almost sunset, so yes the lighting conditions were not prefect. [my life story for my Heron shots.] I do keep notes on your suggestions with me and if I am going after these type of shots I will look back.
I reallu appreciate your feed back and it does help improve my shots each time I used them. JIM

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Wow, super shot Jim!
Thank you Scott though it was not as good as it could have been! Appreciate you commenting. JIM
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Grea ones, Jim! Good catch! You have a good eye on slight difference in colour tones!
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Grea ones, Jim! Good catch! You have a good eye on slight difference in colour tones!
Thanks Georg. I find the AWB is slightly off in in lower light conditions and adjusted in Lightroom. Not much though. I am still learning all this and still have a long ways to go. JIM
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Great shots Jimbo, I sure wish I could get that close to my Herons.

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Great shots Jimbo, I sure wish I could get that close to my Herons.

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Thanks Jim. I don't know what it is, but I have been extremely lucky at getting within 8-10 feet. I spend a lot of time getting there. as long as they are hunting for food, they don't seem to even pay that much attention to me. I have been working on trying to improve my shots of tht Heron's and each time they seem to be getting better. Not a 100% yet, but I think I am getting closer. Cheers JIM
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I agree with you Jimbo you are getting closer.

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