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08-12-2014, 06:22 AM   #1
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Birding Day
Lens: Sigma 300mm 2.8 EX DG Camera: Pentax K-3 Photo Location: San Diego Zoo 

After getting this new Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG, I wanted to really test it on some birds. So yesterday from sunrise to sunset, that is exactly what I did. Most are taken within the Aviary's inside the San Diego Zoo. Some hummingbird shots are taken at some feeders nearby. I really don't have much experience shooting birds, so let me know what you think of these. Really looks like the quality of the image is determined by the lighting in a given situation. I think on some of the higher ISO images, it would be really nice to noise reduce the bokeh while maintaining the sharpness of the Bird. I might have to learn to adjust that in Photoshop, as I think it would really help those images out?

---------- Post added 08-12-14 at 06:23 AM ----------

Forgot to mention, that most of the hummingbird shots have the Pentax 1.4x TC attached as well.

08-12-2014, 08:19 AM   #2

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QuoteOriginally posted by MajorLeaguePentax Quote
... Really looks like the quality of the image is determined by the lighting in a given situation...
That's why almost every serious birder I know has some form of "beamer" flash extender. Google "Better Beamer" or "Flash Extender" and you'll find out, bird photogs don't leave lighting to Mother Nature, they take matters into their own hands with some really elaborate contraptions!

I haven't succumbed yet to the urge,, but it's crossed my mind a few times recently when some great bird shots ended up in the Recycle Bin because the lighting was just horrible.

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