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05-31-2016, 01:34 PM - 11 Likes   #21916
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My birds from today with the DA*200 and HD DA 1.4 TC













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An outing to Waterton Lakes National Park with K-3

Cross posted these two with the K-3 sample shots thread. A Cinnamon Phase Black Bear with twin cubs. This is a very attractive colour. I'm not sure of the percentage of Black Bear that have this colouration, but I like it a lot. This is almost a blond bear. The Black Bear population can have 5% to 25% of lighter colours according to some sites I have visited. She is pretty!

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1/750 @ f/11, ISO 800. Brightened in LR 6.3 almost two stops.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
K1, FF mode, 150~450, deeply cropped. Tree Swallow, VERY, VERY fast, if I anticipate him entering the FOV, with HS sequence I'll catch him once. maybe twice
Looks kinda like a B2 bomber and just about as fast! Well Done!
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Looks kinda like a B2 bomber and just about as fast! Well Done!
I was a little startled by how the wings were drawn in, almost folded against the body. Watching them swoop over the fields, I had the impression they kept their wings well out almost all the time.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Cross posted these two with the K-3 sample shots thread. A Cinnamon Phase Black Bear with twin cubs. This is a very attractive colour. I'm not sure of the percentage of Black Bear that have this colouration, but I like it a lot. This is almost a blond bear. The Black Bear population can have 5% to 25% of lighter colours according to some sites I have visited. She is pretty!


1/750 @ f/11, ISO 800. Brightened in LR 6.3 almost two stops.
Nice capture - first time I've seen this type of bear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Cross posted these two with the K-3 sample shots thread. A Cinnamon Phase Black Bear with twin cubs. This is a very attractive colour. I'm not sure of the percentage of Black Bear that have this colouration, but I like it a lot. This is almost a blond bear. The Black Bear population can have 5% to 25% of lighter colours according to some sites I have visited. She is pretty!
Beautiful shots Albert! I've seen some cinnamon black bears in Yellowstone too.
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Adaptall 200-500mm @ f18/f20, 200-300mm, Rogue safari flash extender. I did a test shot without flash at f20, 1/180th, it was dark basically so I think I have cut out the ambient light. Had to prefocus, use the remote trigger and hope for the best. One shot at a time - had to wait for the flash to recharge. Lots of pics of wing tips and tail feathers . Even more empty pics.
I thought that the flash would be good to freeze the motion but it doesn't seem to be working. I tried adjusting the flash from +1 to -1 power to reduce the duration, not sure if that helped really.

Any suggestions?
Stopping down to ~f20 may gain some DOF but at some loss of IQ because of diffraction. You might be better at about f8 to f11. Not knowing what kind of flash you're using, it's hard to advise on output adjustment. I would go with manual flash, not pTTL and start testing @ about 1/8 power or less. Kick up the ISO rather than boosting the flash output. Run tests before hand, approximate the distance somewhere else and fire off shots to determine what flash output & ISO are correct. The smaller the flash output, the shorter the duration of the flash and the better the motion-stopping will be. At full power, most strobes have a duration of about 1/1000 second. As the power output is reduced the flash duration goes to 1/2000 at half power, 1/4000 at 1/4 power, and so forth. Most modern flash units with a variable manual output will go to at least 1/16,000 second, some to 1/128/000 of a second. With near black conditions, you should get decent reduction of motion blur once the flash output goes to about 1/8 power or less.

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Since the birds are hiding in the Rhododendren and the Raccoons make their stop at 3:30 in the morning, it's berry, Mountain Laurel, and wildflower time with the A/400. Hoping for jam by the end of June.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Cross posted these two with the K-3 sample shots thread. A Cinnamon Phase Black Bear with twin cubs. This is a very attractive colour. I'm not sure of the percentage of Black Bear that have this colouration, but I like it a lot. This is almost a blond bear. The Black Bear population can have 5% to 25% of lighter colours according to some sites I have visited. She is pretty!

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1/250 @ f/11, ISO 800



1/750 @ f/11, ISO 800. Brightened in LR 6.3 almost two stops.
Loved looking at these, we don't get to see cinnamon phase black bears here in NJ. And those cubs are adorable!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RockvilleBob Quote
Nice shooting Noel. How do you like the K1 for wildlife versus the K3? You give up pixels and get better noise characteristics and hopefully better autofocus speed and tracking.
Definitely you get those things that you mention Bob....... overall I find the K-1 quite acceptable for the general photography I do, really only missing the extra "bit of reach" of the K3 once in a while......... but for me...... I don't "have to get" the shot...... mostly I'm just enjoying "being out there"..... so the odd disappointment of a "little bird to far away" is offset by the K-1 advantages...... either way......I miss lots of shots anyway.....but get joy from the good ones and the K-1 is a more pleasing camera to use over all in this regard...... I enjoy the dynamic range latitude over the K3 that was sort of lost from the K5 as well..... especially with wide lenses or sunsets landscapes.

I'm really going to try and draw a line in the camera aquisition sand now.......

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Must be nice to be able to delegate ones personnel hygiene..... the DFA 150-450 on the K-1 works quite well at the Zoo



Generally, most people at the Zoo found me (with the K-1 & DFA 150-450) more weird then the animals.

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I'm posting images of this male tree swallow on several threads. K1 + 150~450 @ 450mm, taken in FF mode but cropped down to substantially less than APS-C frame coverage. The 150~450mm is the best long glass I've owned, SFL or zoom. The only ones that are comparable are the 300mm DA and my ancient Tamron 400mm f4, which holds up reasonably well with a 2XL converter, IF I nail the focus.

OOPS! I forgot a lens I had for a few years that was actually better: a Nikon 500mm f4 P. Even with a 2X Nikon TC the IQ was really outstanding.
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This Carolina Wren has a nest in the awning over my deck. She lets me know when I am too close to the nest by screaming at me with a loud "BZZZZZZT! BZZZZZZZT! BZZZZZZT!" sound. As long as I don't get too close to the nest, she's pretty comfortable with me being in the yard near her.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
I'm posting images of this male tree swallow on several threads. K1 + 150~450 @ 450mm, taken in FF mode but cropped down to substantially less than APS-C frame coverage. The 150~450mm is the best long glass I've owned, SFL or zoom. The only ones that are comparable are the 300mm DA and my ancient Tamron 400mm f4, which holds up reasonably well with a 2XL converter, IF I nail the focus.
The new Pentax 150-450 sounding like a real winner, Do you have a Bigma or 150-500 Sigma and if so is there a noticeable difference ?
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The new Pentax 150-450 sounding like a real winner, Do you have a Bigma or 150-500 Sigma and if so is there a noticeable difference ?
I did have the original 50~500mm Bigma, which as I think everyone knows, was closer to 450mm at the long end. Never did a side-by-side, but I find the 450mm images from the Pentax consistently much (MUCH!) better than any I took with the Bigma at the nominal 500mm setting. I believe that the 150~500 Bigma has a better reputation for IQ at the long end. Some resolution chart tests I did with the 150~450 suggest it holds up very well when paired with the new 1.4X TC, which would provide 630mm with more than acceptable IQ. The crops I've posted are pretty much equivalent to a more minor crop from a 600mm lens. In other words, if the images I've posted are good, then a crop from an image taken with 150~450 without TC is as good as an image from a good (not great) quality 600mm SFL. I would not, however, put the zoom up against a 600 f4 Pentax, as the latter is an outstanding optic.
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Hi Walt, any chance you have used the Sigma 500 4.5 - if so any comparisons? Thanks
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