Very nice. I love how you zeroed in on the Owl's eyes.
Great Capture! 1st and 2nd place is quite an accomplishment.
Please be aware that in the case of birds nesting you run the possibility of either driving off the parents or tipping off the nest to predators. I prefer to get shots of parents feeding the babies after they have fledged. They do this for quite some time until they gradually wean them.
When it comes to photographing wildlife "First do no Harm".
cheetah43: What a hideous piece of a camera! Apart from that, with all the round bodywork how does it stay secure being held? Sony, Sony!
I don't get this comment about the grip on this camera. I can grip this camera without any problem and it feels very secure in my hands. I haven't even put the strap on yet, and only use it with a large zoom, Tamron 150-600 lens.
Thank you Ruth. The hummingbirds really go for cape honeysuckle.
RuthC: Congratulations, cmantx, on coming fourth in 'The Pollinators' challenge, with your attractive native bee just leaving the flower, with VERY loaded 'saddlebags' of pollen. Yet another example of the amazing ability of insects to achieve the almost impossible, in this instance, to carry such heavy and awkward loads while flying and manoeuvring around. Beautiful colours and action in the whole picture. Ruth :-)
Thank You Ruth. I remember how surprised I was when I reviewed the shots and saw just how much pollen this bee had on his legs.
PERCY2: I wonder how he manage to collect all these pollens, It's amazing Congratulations Carmen. this was my personal favorite also for the Pollinators challenge
Thanks Percy I'm glad you like it.
Great shot Percy. Amazing detail and I like how the frame is filled with the red from the flower.
cmantx: It looks like Samsung put a lot of effort in this camera. The fly in the ointment would seem to be lack of lenses. For instance it has a weather sealed alloy body, 15 fps, and good low light performance. All those are good qualities for wildlife photography, but no lens above 300 mm. That is really limiting for bird photography. Is there an adapter? If not they better develop one soon, and it has to not degrade IQ or limit features if they hope to capture photographers that want a camera that can do everything well. This should have been mentioned in the "Not Good For" section.
I'm specifically talking about birding lenses. I usually have to get a 3rd party lens like a Tamron or Sigma. I can't afford the Sony lenses. Birding lenses need to be focal lengths of 500mm +. That's with APC, FF 600 +.
Tamron and Sigma usually only make their lenses for Nikon, Canon, and often Sony. Pentax and Olympus have more of a Lens Legacy. Samsung is just starting out and needs to play catch-up. It seems that an adapter could really open it up for users of their cameras. Until they can develop more lenses.
I'ts just this one type of photography that would be impossible at this time. By almost all accounts this is an outstanding camera. My point is Samsung needs to develop an adapter so owners or prospective owners can use the impressive 15 FPS for bird photography.
TxDad25: We've been using the SLT A57 since early 2013. We use it primarily to take photos of my son's basketball games. While we're generally happy, it does have some minor issues. That said, I'm pretty heavily invested into a-type lenses.
I'm ready (I think) to move to something more current. I'm curious if it makes sense to upgrade to something like the A77II, or to divest myself of the a mounts and move on to mirrorless. If I should upgrade in the DSLR space, is the A77II a significant enough improvement on the A57 to justify the cost? I've also considered jumping to Nikon, though I'm not sure if I'd gain anything there.
All thoughts or opinions are appreciated.
I moved from A 57, and I really liked the A 57. I have really gotten my money's worth from it.
I shoot wildlife/birds, and was interested in the more sophisticated AF modes. It is more of a learning curve from the A 57. It's a slight improvement in Low light ISO. I like that I can up ISO in many more increments than I could with the A 57. FPS is a little faster. It's a better build IMO.Of course it may depend on what type of photography you like, but for birds it's an improvement over the A 57. I think the A 77 II is a great value just as the A 57. Should you be bothered that the A 57 is a "Gold" and A 77 II a "Silver" I'd disregard that. The A 77 II is a step up.
cmantx: I don't think the .jpeg images look very good either, plus I'm getting much better low light performance with my camera than I've seen in the examples. I wouldn't recommend shooting .jpeg in low light with this camera. I always shoot RAW no matter the light.
I have to note that shooting hummingbirds it has helped me that it was noted that Lock On AF hunts, and the reviewer turned it off. That has been my experience but I wasn't sure if it was the camera or the Lens. After reading the review I went out this morning even in cloudy conditions and there is a marked improvement with obtaining focus on hummingbirds with Lock On AF off. So the review has helped me. I'm not so bothered by the "Silver Award" now.
I started out with the A 200. There has been a steady progression of improved low light performance in the cameras I had A 200-A 500-A 57-A 77 II. Shooting Raw I can push to ISO 2000 for wildlife shots. I rarely could go to ISO 800 with the A 200. I'd be hard pressed to find a ISO 800 shot I saved with the A 200.
It looks like Samsung put a lot of effort in this camera. The fly in the ointment would seem to be lack of lenses. For instance it has a weather sealed alloy body, 15 fps, and good low light performance. All those are good qualities for wildlife photography, but no lens above 300 mm. That is really limiting for bird photography. Is there an adapter? If not they better develop one soon, and it has to not degrade IQ or limit features if they hope to capture photographers that want a camera that can do everything well. This should have been mentioned in the "Not Good For" section.
I don't think the .jpeg images look very good either, plus I'm getting much better low light performance with my camera than I've seen in the examples. I wouldn't recommend shooting .jpeg in low light with this camera. I always shoot RAW no matter the light.
Great shot! This dog is hilarious. I'd be happy to pet sit him free of charge anytime. :)
Really cool shot!
Nice capture, Good job in spreading out the light evenly. The colors in the bird and the desert willow flower stand out nicely. All the hummingbird shots in the challenge received a large amount of low votes. I think a certain number of voters felt that hummingbird shots aren't the type of high speed photography they prefer. Had I realized this before I probably wouldn't have entered mine. I hope you can use your shot in another challenge.
cmantx: Is there going to be a Sony vs. Pentax vs. Olympus vs. Fuji vs. Samsung.....
Don't bother, it was sarcasm.
That's an amazing shot, and looks like it took much effort to set up.
Great Capture. Getting a Butterfly-In-Flight shot this sharp is very difficult and you really nailed it.
I suspect there was a mix of voters that were sandbagging and others that felt this challenge was more suited to droplets or things exploding at moment of impact. That's OK I just hope that the great high speed nature shots in the challenge can be used again for a different challenge.
Is there going to be a Sony vs. Pentax vs. Olympus vs. Fuji vs. Samsung.....