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Forum: Pentax K-5 03-30-2014, 02:05 PM  
Need longer lens for birding - K5 body
Posted By lowcountrybird
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After carrying the 150-500 around this weekend, I'm starting to think a DA *300 with a 1.4x teleconverter seems more palatable. I'm having trouble typing this update now due to tired forearms. ;)

I am more like the boriscleto above - a guerrilla nature photographer crawling around and trying to sneak up on creatures. However, it is true that with the 500mm you don't have to crawl so close.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-30-2014, 01:32 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By lowcountrybird
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Hi Ken - what equipment was this heron shot taken with?
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-30-2014, 12:49 PM  
Need longer lens for birding - K5 body
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 18
Views: 2,724
Thank you for these great suggestions for my current kit. I will definitely give them a try.

---------- Post added 03-30-2014 at 04:13 PM ----------


Also, I have Aperture 3, and I know I have only scratched the surface of its capabilities. So I will start in earnest training myself to make the most of it. Just by chance I tried changing the tint of a photo of a pair of eagles. It made all the difference because it took the harshness out of the sky background.

---------- Post added 03-30-2014 at 04:21 PM ----------


Thank you for the tip on the 300+ club. Nice thread for me to follow.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-29-2014, 02:17 PM  
Need longer lens for birding - K5 body
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 18
Views: 2,724
I have a K5 and typically use a DA 55-300mm lens for my wildlife photography hobby. I'm particularly interested in photographing birds.

I rented a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM this weekend and am giving it a test drive.

What is the best technically competent yet economically feasible lens for the K5 for birding to get me beyond the limitations of my DA 55-300. I'm just too far away from the birds too many times for me to be truly happy. :)

By the way, I do find this lens that I'm testing out to be heavy, but I believe it's usable with a good monopod. So I'm ok with this lens' weight.

And I would be willing to pay the $899 for this Sigma if it gives me good results this weekend.

Update: My budget would allow me to buy the DA * 300mm and might also stretch to the new Pentax HD teleconverter.

Thanks in advance for any advice on this or other alternatives.

Regards,
Andrea
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-04-2010, 09:16 AM  
Snowy Egret Fishing
Posted By lowcountrybird
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Snowy Egret fishing in the Ashley River, Charleston, SC.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-03-2009, 05:58 PM  
Seeing Eye to Eye
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 1
Views: 1,124
Here's my submission taken in St Augustine, Florida at Anastasia State Park. This great egret was having much more success than his fellow human fisherman.

Title: Seeing Eye to Eye
Forum: Photo Critique 04-07-2009, 04:03 AM  
Great Blue Heron - Crop Opinion Please
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Thanks, Brian. After I got it printed, I did notice a few things like that, which could be touched up. Thanks for the complement as well!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-05-2009, 06:50 AM  
Great Blue Heron - Crop Opinion Please
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Thanks, axl.

I decided to lighten my original crop up and get a print made via mpix. I used their metallic paper option (Kodak Endura paper). That really makes the green color pop. I like it so much I am actually going to hang the print in my kitchen. I think the lightening up suggestion works well.

I also tend to like the vegetation showing as Damn Brit mentioned (I am married to a damn Brit, by the way).

Thanks to all for your feedback. I think I could easily make three versions of this single picture and appeal to a number of people. A neat lesson learned if I decide to do photography as more than a hobby.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-25-2009, 05:37 PM  
Great Blue Heron - Crop Opinion Please
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Thanks, Kevin!
Forum: Photo Critique 03-25-2009, 02:04 PM  
Great Blue Heron - Crop Opinion Please
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Here is the original photo un-cropped.

The green background is duckweed on top of the swamp water. This was taken at the Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC.

Thanks for the feedback. I will be very interested in hearing what you think the crop should be on the original.

I was, indeed, trying to keep the dry, grassy plant on the left in the picture, which is why I hesitated to crop more off of the top, but I might play around with that more.

Thanks!
Forum: Photo Critique 03-25-2009, 12:53 PM  
Great Blue Heron - Crop Opinion Please
Posted By lowcountrybird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Hello, PentaxForums. This is my first of what I hope will be many posts here.

I have been asked to donate a couple of prints to a charitable auction. This will be my first time donating prints of any of my photos, so I would appreciate some critique on this one of a Great Blue Heron. I'd like advice on cropping in particular and also any other advice regarding recommended post-processing. I've already cropped it once in this version, so if anyone wants to see the original, please let me know, and I will post that as well. Thanks in advance!

P.S., you can look at a higher resolution version out on my website at http://lowcountrybird.zenfolio.com/p499050894/h2f44ace3#h338c3cf8.
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