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02-27-2015, 06:48 AM - 14 Likes   #15646
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Was aiming to shoot the sandpiper on the ground then suddenly this Buffy Fish Owl landed and chased the sandpiper away.
A lucky catch for me as owl to me is hard to find, not to mention exposed in the open with wings spread wide open.

Shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5 + HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter, 90% cropped (for composition)

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02-27-2015, 07:31 AM   #15647
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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Was aiming to shoot the sandpiper on the ground then suddenly this Puffy Fish Owl landed and chased the sandpiper away.
A lucky catch for me as owl to me is hard to find, not to mention exposed in the open with wings spread wide open.

Shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5 + HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter, 90% cropped (for composition)


Crumpets!!!!!!


That's an excellent capture, Beautiful as always Ken.


thanks for sharing


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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
Was aiming to shoot the sandpiper on the ground then suddenly this Puffy Fish Owl landed and chased the sandpiper away.
A lucky catch for me as owl to me is hard to find, not to mention exposed in the open with wings spread wide open.

Shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5 + HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter, 90% cropped (for composition)
Very nice. To have one land close like that is special.
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Here are another 3 shots from the car. This is the first time I have seen a Redpoll in the garden All taken with my Pentax K-5/Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG/Kirk window mount






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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Here are another 3 shots from the car. This is the first time I have seen a Redpoll in the garden All taken with my Pentax K-5/Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG/Kirk window mount





Indeed...It's nice to have the 500mm+ reach..

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QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
A lucky catch for me as owl to me is hard to find
I've never encountered one (yet)

QuoteOriginally posted by kengoh Quote
not to mention exposed in the open with wings spread wide open.
Now that's super luck--and you certainly took full advantage of the opportunity.
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In some cities with a comparatively mild clima in winter, such as Düsseldorf, there are some real "jailbreakers"!
Ring-necked parakeets, living in high old plane trees of the city parks. Since the early eighties there lives a growing population of them.


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Since the early eighties there lives a growing population of them.
Fascinating how those birds can survive in an environment so different from their home territory.

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Fading light this evening.
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Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG
Changing it up a bit?
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Here are another 3 shots from the car. This is the first time I have seen a Redpoll in the garden All taken with my Pentax K-5/Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG/Kirk window mount
Between the 500mm f4.5 and the 300mm f2.8, in terms of pure IQ, which one do you like best?
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I just can't get enough of these female cardinals! It's so great to be able to shoot indoors with the F*600--sure beats cabin fever! It's also been a good exercise in shooting, culling & processing. For no particular reason, I've been shooting with the K-5IIs and haven't felt any need to switch to the K-3--especially since I'm close enough to avoid the need for drastic cropping.

I've been wrestling a bit with exposure. The blanket of snow really creates some interesting light effects but it's a challenge for me when there's a bunch of it in the shot. I've tended to underexpose and then try to balance things out in post but I'm not entirely happy with the results taking that approach: the snow just looks flat (I think layers may be the solution--I need to learn that. ) Also, while I kind of like the dreamy effect I've been getting, I seem to be losing more detail to NR than I'd like--even with fairly low ISOs.







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Great shots, Dave. With a whole bunch of snow out there, I tend to switch to manual exposure and either spot meter the snow and add 2 stops of exposure in manual, or Spot meter the target. The target, being small birds, usually don't stay still long enough for method 2.

The spot meter the snow and add 2 is a warp on the zone system. Meter what you just barely want to keep the detail in. The inverse is to meter the darkest thing you want to keep from disappearing and subtract 2 stops.

This works fairly well. You might find that you need 1 2/3 stops or 2 1/3 or ... adjust to your preferences.
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
Changing it up a bit?
Where I park the car in my garden is quite close to where the birds come to feed so I thought I would give my 300mm a whirl

QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
Between the 500mm f4.5 and the 300mm f2.8, in terms of pure IQ, which one do you like best?
I think the 300mm f2.8 has a very slight edge
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Thanks, Albert--I'll give that a try.
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