While desperately waiting for the D800 for birding...

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Dileep Kumar
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While desperately waiting for the D800 for birding...
May 2, 2012

Like many, I too have been spending my free time here reading all about D800 for last three months or so. As expected, at the end probably got infected with D800 syndrome.

I ordered mine from B&H during the first hours of pre-order hoping that I can use it for the spring migration and my forthcoming Himalayan trip. As you can expect, it became a big letdown and now I had to abandon my Himalayan trip as well. Now I have 24-70mm f/2.8 and MB-D12 still in the box waiting for their master.

Since it started affecting my day to day life thought of getting out to the deserts & farms here with my D300s & 500mm VR combo.

Here are the ones taken these days with this combo (except one). I know, probably outcome of these trips would have been different if I had D800.

I dedicate these spring migration images to maestro Late Ronnie Gaubert, who left all of us one year ago due to ALS.

It was Ronnie who lured me into the bird photography five years ago. Without his able guidance I'm sure I wouldn't have taken up Birdphotography. He was a unique personality and his legendary works continue to wonder and inspire me.

With prayers for his soul...

Kind regards,
Dileep Anthikad

1) Masked Shrike (1/1000, f/7.1, ISO-400 & Hand-held)

2) White-throated Robin (1/160, f/5.6, ISO-400 & Hand-held)

3) Bluethroat (1/500, f/7.1, ISO-400 & Bean bag)

4) Common Kestrel (1/640, f/7.1, ISO-320 & Hand-held). Found around two dozen thorns on my belly & arms after this shot. But at the end result was highly satisfying.

5) Barred Warbler (1/800, f/7.1, ISO-500 and Hand-held)

6) Quail (1/400, f/5.6, ISO-400 & Hand-held)

7) Woodchat Shrike (1/400, f/7.1, ISO-400 & Bean bag)

8) Isabelline Shrike (1/200, f/5.6, ISO-400 & Hand-held)

9) Willow Warbler (1/640, f/6.3, ISO-400 & Hand-held)

10) Turtle Dove (1/400, f/7.1, ISO-400 & Hand-held) had to scroll a long distance to get close to this bird and unfortunately it's flushed by a bystander before I get into my position

11) Grey Hypocolius (1/800, f.7.1, ISO-400 & Hand-held) Very shy and one of the most wanted birds here. Had cloned out some distracting twigs & darkened the sky a bit)

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Peter in Milton
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Excellent shots. It's hard to imagine how you could have done much better with any other camera.
Peter.

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In reply to Peter in Milton, May 3, 2012

Thanks a lot Peter for your feedback.

I enjoy action shots & was referring to the lost opportunities due to lack of initial focus acquisition and lost low light shots otherwise I would have gone for.

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Dileep

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Excellent shots.  It's hard to imagine how you could have done much better with any other camera.
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BEAUTIFUL!!!

thanks for sharing.... tell me these are not all in the same day!!!

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Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

I agree with you about Ronnie Gaubert ... I often look at his wonderful photos of his beloved Louisana! So sad that he left us early

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Marvelous Pictures mate. Believe me, you do not need a new camera.

However, it would be nice to have a d800, wouldn't it?

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Outstanding captures- I am also a big fan of Ronnie's work- he'd be proud of these- well done.
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Absolutely wonderful images!! You have done very well with these and they are a credit to you!!

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INCREDIBLE photos!!!

What surprised me is your shutter speeds. I have been taking photos of birds in my yard for several years and loved the D700. Don't have that 500mm though! Mostly use the 70-200 with the 2x TCIII. But, I rarely use such a low shutter speed because even when they're still, they're constantly moving....fast. Even with my parrots...those heads turn so fast. So...how do you do it? Are you just waiting for the bird to be still? Or as still as they might be? What is your delete rate because of movement blur? (I would LOVE to use slower shutter speeds

I got the d800 last friday and was finally able to shoot outside yesterday. What is so incredible is the ability to crop and see individual feathers! I love zooming in on the monitor and seeing what I can't see otherwise The reach you're gonna get with your skills and that 500... can't wait to see what you do.

MF

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Nice bird and perch. What is the ID of the bird?

IMHO, ISO-400 or 800 would have helped you to expose for the bird. Hope D800 will help me a lot in similar situations.

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Thanks for your kind feedbacks.

Seeing his posts used to lift my spirit. Yes, it's a huge loss for all of us.

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Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

I agree with you about Ronnie Gaubert ... I often look at his wonderful photos of his beloved Louisana! So sad that he left us early

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Thanks a lot Barry for your kind words.

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Outstanding captures- I am also a big fan of Ronnie's work- he'd be proud of these- well done.
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In reply to Hotsauce, May 3, 2012

Thanks a lot for these encouraging words. Hope B&H won't hear this and cancell my D800 order... LOL!

BTW, there is a good news. B&H is shipping my camera today. I just can't believe it.

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Marvelous Pictures mate. Believe me, you do not need a new camera.

However, it would be nice to have a d800, wouldn't it?

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In reply to Lance B, May 3, 2012

Hi Lance,

Pleased to have your feedback.

Kind regards
Dileep

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Absolutely wonderful images!! You have done very well with these and they are a credit to you!!

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Beautiful birds and beautiful images.
Thanks for sharing these.
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awesome

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Great variety. I do, however, find that most of the eyes aren't as sharp as I myself would like them to be. Still, that's still better than what I could do.

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Thanks a lot for your feedback.

I rarely use such a low shutter speed because even when they're still, they're constantly moving....fast. Even with my parrots...those heads turn so fast. > So...how do you do it? Are you just waiting for the bird to be still?

Yes. In low light conditions, , I patiently wait for the right angle and posture to click. Even the restless birds, while keep moving or flicking their wings or tail, have stop for a second. I mostly get lucky with that.

What is your delete rate because of movement blur? (I would LOVE to use slower shutter speeds

Well, success ratio varies for hand-held shots. For example, at the early hours of trekking, I get close to 100%. But as the day progress and get tired it drops even to 50%.

Light was very poor when spotted this rare bird during an African trip. I had to go with 1/40 and out of four, three came out ok when I looked at the big screen. And forth one showed motion blur. So, sometimes luck is also is a critical factor.

Black-headed Gonolek (1/40, f/5.6, ISO-800 & Hand-held)

I would like to share one observation. Breath control is a very important factor with low shutter speeds.

Many Feathers wrote:

INCREDIBLE photos!!!

What surprised me is your shutter speeds. I have been taking photos of birds in my yard for several years and loved the D700. Don't have that 500mm though! Mostly use the 70-200 with the 2x TCIII. But, I rarely use such a low shutter speed because even when they're still, they're constantly moving....fast. Even with my parrots...those heads turn so fast. So...how do you do it? Are you just waiting for the bird to be still? Or as still as they might be? What is your delete rate because of movement blur? (I would LOVE to use slower shutter speeds

I got the d800 last friday and was finally able to shoot outside yesterday. What is so incredible is the ability to crop and see individual feathers! I love zooming in on the monitor and seeing what I can't see otherwise The reach you're gonna get with your skills and that 500... can't wait to see what you do.

I was bit hesitant when I decided to pre-order D800 because of motion blur this sensor likely to cause. I know that would be end of my hand-held photography. But after reading all these I can't wait to get hold of my D800. I think it should be here within in four days. Wow!!!!

Kind regards,
Dileep Anthikad

MF

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Dileep Kumar
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In reply to donski, May 3, 2012

Thanks a lot for your comments, I value it.

I always try to focus on eyes, but found it difficult to get spot on with hand-held shots. Then I tried settle with the fact that photography is all about compromise.

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Great variety. I do, however, find that most of the eyes aren't as sharp as I myself would like them to be. Still, that's still better than what I could do.

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