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01-04-2016, 01:16 AM - 1 Like   #5416
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I was in Charleston, West Virginia over New Years with my family -- a couple of shots over the Kanawha River with the DA *16-50.



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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
How does Kengoh do that? WONDERFUL images.
I agree! Kengoh is the master of bird photography! Love his shots!
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LeRolls, fantastic portrait!!

Rondec; very nice examples from that *16-50!

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Cross posted in too many places to list.... it's my first sun in quite a while, I've had nothing to post, I'm a little enthusiastic...

DA*60-250 + HD DA 1.4 TC
ISO 1600, ƒ5.6 , AV mode.

The birds show much more interest in the super high energy home made feeder post suet in the cold (-15) weather.

Blue Jay


Chickadees


My first phot of the season of a Red Breasted Nuthatch, I've been wondering where they were.
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Norm, it has been dark for too long as of late!
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I had the opportunity to shoot a bit at a Stylistics concert last month. These are all with the DA 18-135, ISO 3200, 1/125, aperture whatever's wide open for the focal length of the shot. I did a little noise reduction and muted the color in some of them (especially the monochrome one). I always try to be unobtrusive but the guy in the first shot clearly noticed me.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Weldon Berger Quote
I had the opportunity to shoot a bit at a Stylistics concert last month. These are all with the DA 18-135, ISO 3200, 1/125, aperture whatever's wide open for the focal length of the shot. I did a little noise reduction and muted the color in some of them (especially the monochrome one). I always try to be unobtrusive but the guy in the first shot clearly noticed me.


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There are so many threads these are relevant too, the 18-135, the high ISO discussions, you've just done what a pile of people claimed can't be done, both in therms of the lens used and the ISO used. Those are some stereotype busting pictures. There's also a thread for stage shots.

If you are into copy pasting your post and cross posting.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...can-do-50.html

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Visited this part of the zoo several times over the course of the day, and these fellows would not turn to face the camera. The softness is probably my fault for failing to set up the tripod OR forgetting to turn off the shake if I did.

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K-3 with SMC 100/2.8 wdie open at MFD with minor crop ... xpost

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Hi Norm. Nice bird captures. What do you use to clean up the noise when shooting at 1600 ISO, if anything? I'm shooting a K3ii and pick up bothersome noise in shadows when shooting anything much over 800.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Cross posted in too many places to list.... it's my first sun in quite a while, I've had nothing to post, I'm a little enthusiastic...

DA*60-250 + HD DA 1.4 TC
ISO 1600, ƒ5.6 , AV mode.

The birds show much more interest in the super high energy home made feeder post suet in the cold (-15) weather.

Blue Jay


Chickadees


My first phot of the season of a Red Breasted Nuthatch, I've been wondering where they were.
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Hi Norm. Nice bird captures. What do you use to clean up the noise when shooting at 1600 ISO, if anything? I'm shooting a K3ii and pick up bothersome noise in shadows when shooting anything much over 800.

~ John
The key here is understanding reciprocity, when I shoot 1600 ISO, I shoot in bright light to keep my shutter sped up. Reciprocity says shooing at 1600 in bright light with high intensity at say 1/1000s will produce ,much less noise than shooting the same ISO at 1/30s or longer. I've found this to be true even at 1/125s. The other advice is too set up to not shoot shadows. Those of us used to shooting film will do this instinctively , most film was less than 7 EV. I'm sure at 1600, my k-3 is still getting 10 EV or more. SO, I try and stay away from direct light and dark shadows, unless as in these pictures, my light source is quite low. SO essentially, if you're using 1600 to attain shutter speed for birds in bright light, less noise, shooting landscapes with a K-3 or K5, I really don't like to go over 400 ISO because of noise at slow shutter speeds, but also because of loss of Dynamic Range.

Aperture applies a K-3 profile to my images which cleans up quite a bit of noise before I even see them in my software, so I shouldn't say I don't do anything, Aperture does a lot. But for many images I don't apply any noise reduction.

I'd look back through my first K-3 files to show you how much difference the Apple profile makes, but that was 2 years ago, and I can't find those images.

Aperture does it automatically now, I just looked back through my library and found one of my first 800 ISO images that I took with the K-3. Aperture updated the profile right before my eyes. it went from sharp crisp noise to soft almost un-noticeable noise, right before my eyes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Visited this part of the zoo several times over the course of the day, and these fellows would not turn to face the camera. The softness is probably my fault for failing to set up the tripod OR forgetting to turn off the shake if I did.
he looks lost without real trees
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