Finally a BIF with the a-6000

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lightgrabber
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Finally a BIF with the a-6000
4 months ago

Took these at the pond today with my a-6000 and the Canon 100-400mm.

Sorry I cut the tail off the left hand bird in the second one.  I really want to thank nzmacro and zackiedawg for the hints and encouragement they have given me . Still have a long way to go but I think I have definitely been bitten by the birding bug.

Eastern Kingbirds, I think.

The relay, as far as I could see, first bird seemed to transfer the bug to second bird, who fed it to baby.

One more shot, just to up the cuteness factor.

Tiniest duckling I've ever seen on the pond.

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Bang, there ya go. Beautiful shots
In reply to lightgrabber, 4 months ago

lightgrabber wrote:

Took these at the pond today with my a-6000 and the Canon 100-400mm.

Sorry I cut the tail off the left hand bird in the second one. I really want to thank nzmacro and zackiedawg for the hints and encouragement they have given me . Still have a long way to go but I think I have definitely been bitten by the birding bug.

Eastern Kingbirds, I think.

The relay, as far as I could see, first bird seemed to transfer the bug to second bird, who fed it to baby.

One more shot, just to up the cuteness factor.

Tiniest duckling I've ever seen on the pond.

Ha, bang and there it is. There seems to be an invisible line that gets reached and all of a sudden it all starts to make sense with settings and techniques. You are there

Wonderful shots with good timing and action, nice behaviour shots for sure. You nailed it. That last shot is so cute, even Jan is sitting here looking at it over my shoulder. Really sharp and excellent composition. You can even see the fine droplets of water on its head. Sharp as a tack !!

Now if I can be cheeky on the first shot for a second, its the composition I wanted to look at. Its an excellent sharp shot with good fine details, so thought I would take a look at that one with composition in mind. Tried two with cropping, they suit me but might not suit other people. Anyway this is how I would go about it ....

Its a stunning shot, congrats. So that's one way I would look at it and then another way ......

And cropping even close again, man that's a great shot to work with.

Either way, you have nailed these shots, all of them IMO.

All the best and congrats, stubbornness and patience pays off big time :-). Love it.

Danny.

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LG: definitely the way to go - welcome to the "bitten by the bug" club :) !!
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lightgrabber wrote:

The relay, as far as I could see, first bird seemed to transfer the bug to second bird, who fed it to baby.

what a superb frame - just about 50mm less zoom, and it'd be a stunner!! The I-st one is also a paragon of excellence, congratulations (btw. I completely agree with Danny's cropping suggestions, esp. as you had all the 400mm at your fingertips ),

Quercy

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Re: LG: definitely the way to go - welcome to the "bitten by the bug" club :) !!
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A good camera and lens helps but patience and a good eye for detail produce good images and looks like you have all three working for you here.

Good work

Ian

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lightgrabber,

Well that didn't take very long at all!!  Wonderful shots indeed . . .

Now the fun starts.  Going out shooting far more often than you ever thought possible, getting frustrated at missing a shot after waiting for 45 minutes and capturing that one pic that puts a smile on your face for the week.

The opportunity to watch these creatures in the wild is a true treasure . . . welcome and enjoy!

All the best . . .

Jack

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Great captures!

the first one, especially, is excellent! It would make a fine framed picture.

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Thank you all for the kind comments.

I'm certainly learning that patience is one of the biggest attributes needed for this, also may have to take up weight lifting more seriously, in order to develop the arm muscles to hold that 100-400mm lens steady for longer periods.

I missed the final delivery of that second bug to the baby because my arm muscle sort of spasmed just before. Hmm photography as a fitness program?

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Congratulations on your accomplishment! NICE photos.

But I somehow missed something here. Did you use the A6000's renowned CAF here, or predetermined MF?

Steve

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Great shots

which adapter did you use with canon 100-400 ?

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captura wrote:

Congratulations on your accomplishment! NICE photos.

But I somehow missed something here. Did you use the A6000's renowned CAF here, or predetermined MF?

Steve

This Canon lens, on the a6000, with the Metabones adapter technically has AF but in practice as far as I"ve seen it is painfully slow. Don't think I'd ever get a moving bird that way.

I took the shots using MF and focus peaking. It was made easier because the young bird was pretty much staying on the same branch, and the parents coming to him. I had to tweak focus slightly if he hopped around, but no big adjustments.

If I want to use the CAF (or any AF) on a moving object, I think it will have to be with a native lens, like the 55-210.

I took this photo with the 55-210, after having the a-6000 for just a few days. I used AF-S and probably took about 8 shots to get 2 that were borderline useful.

Hovering Dragonfly.

I found the dragonfly easier than BIF's because, even though not as big, they tend to hover a bit more. I have to admit that I was impressed out the whazoo with the speed of the focus. I've never been able to lock on anything like that with my 5D MarkII.

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Amazing pics! I noticed you shot at ISO 2000 - did you have to reduce noise in post processing?

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thamer08 wrote:

Great shots

which adapter did you use with canon 100-400 ?

I've got the Metabones IV. It seems kind of weird and temperamental as far as AF goes. At first I couldn't get it to focus at all, but now after reading a few threads here, I can get it to achieve focus  with this lens but very slowly with much hunting. I tried it briefly on my 100mm Canon macro and had even more trouble with AF.

I need to re-visit that lens and see if it is the adapter, or me doing something wrong. It doesn't help that it comes with no instructions and even the online guide is, to my mind very confusing. I'm wondering if I would have been better to save money and just go for a simple inexpensive adapter but I do like the auto aperture etc function. It's just the AF that seems disappointing.

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gkstar wrote:

Amazing pics! I noticed you shot at ISO 2000 - did you have to reduce noise in post processing?

Oh yes! I normally shot in RAW so I have to do some NR but I had to do quite a bit of post processing here, and some of it at least my own fault.

I just noticed that it doesn't show up in the EXIF, but I was (unintentionally) running a +0.7EV.

I'd been shooting blackbirds against a dark sky and, without a higher exposure, all the detail in the black body seems to disappear. But, when I saw the baby bird I forgot to reset the EV so the SOOC were over exposed and needed more tweaking to pull them back.

I still get excited when I see a potential shot and tend to do stupid things.

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Wonderful Kingbird BIF photos! That first one is one excellent shot. Glad you're having so much success.

Doug

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