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09-06-2017, 06:22 AM - 6 Likes   #26446
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kevriano Quote
Love the Terrapin shot
Thanks Kev. I was able to get a bit closer to the adult.

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K 3 + Smc PENTAX-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED

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A few pics from another trip out in the car.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Three shots from a recent trip out in the car.

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Hi Gary

Your images are amazing. Well done again.

Cheers
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Hi Gary

Your images are amazing. Well done again.

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Cheers Frank ,the cheque is in the post
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Today was the last day of my vacation and here at least it was absolutely gorgeous. I decided I felt good enough to take the Bigma out for a shoot since it has been about a year since I done any real wildlife. So I went to my favorite spot about 30 miles away. Of course I left my gimbal head at home . One thing I did figure out was I am sure out of practice.

I noticed this right away and just as I got the tripod setup he flew away . I managed to get a few test shots with high ISO.


I noticed these two and had to shoot through the branches. The lighting was terrible.


I was able to photograph this one from the foot bridge.





I saw this Egret while walking out and he was still then when I was heading back to the car. Waaaaaaaaaaaay beyond the limits of the Bigma even on the K3. This pretty much a %100 crop.



I really need to do this more often. It has been quite awhile since I have had this much fun with my camera gear. Someday I am going to get that 150-450.
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Today was the last day of my vacation and here at least it was absolutely gorgeous. I decided I felt good enough to take the Bigma out for a shoot since it has been about a year since I done any real wildlife. So I went to my favorite spot about 30 miles away. Of course I left my gimbal head at home . One thing I did figure out was I am sure out of practice.

I noticed this right away and just as I got the tripod setup he flew away . I managed to get a few test shots with high ISO.


I noticed these two and had to shoot through the branches. The lighting was terrible.


I was able to photograph this one from the foot bridge.





I saw this Egret while walking out and he was still then when I was heading back to the car. Waaaaaaaaaaaay beyond the limits of the Bigma even on the K3. This pretty much a %100 crop.



I really need to do this more often. It has been quite awhile since I have had this much fun with my camera gear. Someday I am going to get that 150-450.
You don't need the lowest ISO in bird photography, ISO 800 - 3200 is perfectly fine as it helps keeping your shutterspeed above 1/1000.
In your "high ISO test shot" with the great blue heron I can clearly see the feather details, as well with the others, bad lighting or not. Newer sensor technology gives us ISO invariance which helps the most keeping noise in control, even a little graininess is not a problem.
Keep up the good work, keep your shutter speed up and don't be afraid of higher ISO.

About that 150-450, it only adds weather sealing, sharpness and image quality is marginal improvement at best. Plus the Sigma HSM is more reliable than Pentax SDM and DC drive.
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. . . Someday I am going to get that 150-450.
admittedly I am no expert

I only know what I like and I like my DFA 150 - 450

does it have faults, so some say

is it big and heavy - that I can cofirm

I, like others, seem to be able to use it hand held, others say only on a tripod

my suggestion, check out what it can do, look at the thread dedicated to it here on the forum

rent one and try it out.

I did, using LensRental.com

then I went looking for a bargain

I found one getting a like new " experienced " model

good luck

here is a juvenile yellow crowned night heron hunting - slight crop and pp isolating the bird

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sterby Quote
You don't need the lowest ISO in bird photography, ISO 800 - 3200 is perfectly fine as it helps keeping your shutterspeed above 1/1000.
In your "high ISO test shot" with the great blue heron I can clearly see the feather details, as well with the others, bad lighting or not. Newer sensor technology gives us ISO invariance which helps the most keeping noise in control, even a little graininess is not a problem.
Keep up the good work, keep your shutter speed up and don't be afraid of higher ISO.

About that 150-450, it only adds weather sealing, sharpness and image quality is marginal improvement at best. Plus the Sigma HSM is more reliable than Pentax SDM and DC drive.
I set the K3 for Auto ISO 100-3200. I have a User Setting just for birding. The darn heron flew off right after I set my tripod up. I managed 4 test shots for exposure and that was it. I tried to salvage what I had. The problem with the 50-500 is that the 500 end is not the best. Up to about 400-425 it is really good. I normally keep my shutter speed above 1/1000s.
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admittedly I am no expert

I only know what I like and I like my DFA 150 - 450

does it have faults, so some say

is it big and heavy - that I can cofirm

I, like others, seem to be able to use it hand held, others say only on a tripod

my suggestion, check out what it can do, look at the thread dedicated to it here on the forum

rent one and try it out.

I did, using LensRental.com

then I went looking for a bargain

I found one getting a like new " experienced " model

good luck

here is a juvenile yellow crowned night heron hunting - slight crop and pp isolating the bird
The 50-500 is called the Bigma for a good reason. It is heavy. It has its faults but it has been a good lens to me. The major downside is you really need to stop down to around f10-f11 to get decent IQ. The 150-450 has a focus limiter which would be really handy. The two lenses weigh about the same. I have found Sigma lenses just lack the contrast of Pentax lenses but that is just me. I'm old school Pentax shooter. Maybe someday I will rent thec150-450, I never rented a lens before. Right now I'm fine with my 50-500.
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A few shots (mostly re-posts) taken on Sanibel Island, Florida over the last couple of years. I'm not sure whether there will be much left of the place after Irma and Jose have moved through. Other, less prosperous places will fare even worse but this is somewhere we know. It will take a long time for the place to recover and I feel sorry for the folks who make their livelihood there.









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Nice series Jacamar. Up here in the Rockies we feel your pain over the hurricanes. Our pain is the forest fires that are devastating the whole North West of the continent ....
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Just stunning Ken
Thanks Kevriano.

Pied Kingfisher shot with K3 + Sigma 500 F4.5 + Pentax 1.4x TC
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A few shots (mostly re-posts) taken on Sanibel Island, Florida over the last couple of years. I'm not sure whether there will be much left of the place after Irma and Jose have moved through.
One thing about natural areas such as Sanibel, chances are they've survived events such as Irma many times before humans knew it was there. Coastal ecosystems tend to have fairly low resistance but high resilience = they damage easily but tend to recover quickly. "Quickly" however, may not seem so to humans accustomed to getting their burger in seconds.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
A few shots (mostly re-posts) taken on Sanibel Island, Florida over the last couple of years. I'm not sure whether there will be much left of the place after Irma and Jose have moved through. Other, less prosperous places will fare even worse but this is somewhere we know. It will take a long time for the place to recover and I feel sorry for the folks who make their livelihood there.









Hope you can stay safe
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