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More Xtreme wideangle birding
Lens: 15mm Camera: 1Ds II 
Posted By: pingflood, 02-18-2010, 10:43 AM



My little girl had a lot of fun too...


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02-18-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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I like the shots , but let me see you do that with something more unique than a ringbilled gull (about 6% of the entire world's population live in and around toronto)

I just can't get that close to an eagle, osprey or hawk (although I did manage a good shot with a 28-105 but that does not count since the hawk was eating a mouse at the time, and therefore not interested in or concerned about me)
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Yeah, I know gulls are easy targets. I use my 400/5.6 for normal birding. It's still fun to "goof off" a little at times...
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I wouldn't call these shots goofing off. The second is great as is with the girls face coming in the bottom. The first has a fantastic look to the top bird but you might consider cropping out the bottom as it distracts from the upper 2/3's. No, I wish I could goof off like sometime. Good pics Ping!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
Yeah, I know gulls are easy targets. I use my 400/5.6 for normal birding. It's still fun to "goof off" a little at times...
reminds me of a post somewhere where a new member asked what the ideal lens was for birding.

I think I responded what ever you have on the camera at the time.
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ping - great job!

i was attracted by your title - not the normal lens, etc.

I once spent a day shooting seagulls mostly at Cannon Beach OR, practicing panning skills with a PS, but none of them got as close as yours. Were you feeding them by any chance?

What i liked about your choice of lens, is the context scenery that was included in the shot. Well done, especially including your daughter in the last shot.
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Yeah, we go down there and toss some bread at them at times -- my daughter loves it when they come up real close. Had the camera on me so just pre-set the focus at 50cm or so and fired.
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These are great, my friend. I never thought of doing such a thing with wide angle; now I'll have to shamelessly copy your approach.

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These are great, my friend. I never thought of doing such a thing with wide angle; now I'll have to shamelessly copy your approach.

Jer
Thanks. It's actually surprisingly easy to do since the ultra wide angle lenses have so much depth of field. I just stopped down to f/8-11 or so and set the focus at 2 feet...
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very nice pictures. what lense you used by the way. seems pretty sharp?
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Sigma 15-30 -- probably the most underrated ultrawide lens that's full frame capable. 16-9.net gave it fairly high marks, and I tend to agree.
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The second shot made me smile. Good work.
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Very good! I like the second one most, a realy unique picture!
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Great shots! Stunning angle, love these!
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