*WARNING* Hunter & the Hunted

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RAL Veteran Member • Posts: 6,377
I nominate you for president of the respect the D40 club

Great shots - I almost headed this post with - People, it's the camera, it ain't the photographer, but was afraid many here would not see the humour in it, so stopped short. I believe you are doing more to debunk the myths of the D40 haters than anyone around here - keep up the good work. Apparently you are almost as surprised and elated at what the D40 can do as I am. I originally bought mine only for the size, not intending to take the place of any of my other nikon dslr's. But it didn't take long before the others just became paperweights, I love the D40 and its output so much I just can't force myself to use my D70 or D100 any more.

OP Tech1961 Senior Member • Posts: 2,601
Re: I nominate you for president of the respect the D40 club

RAL wrote:

Great shots - I almost headed this post with - People, it's the
camera, it ain't the photographer, but was afraid many here would not
see the humour in it, so stopped short. I believe you are doing more
to debunk the myths of the D40 haters than anyone around here - keep
up the good work. Apparently you are almost as surprised and elated
at what the D40 can do as I am. I originally bought mine only for the
size, not intending to take the place of any of my other nikon
dslr's. But it didn't take long before the others just became
paperweights, I love the D40 and its output so much I just can't
force myself to use my D70 or D100 any more.

I absolutely love everything about this camera.

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jon.oman Senior Member • Posts: 1,609
Very cool shots! Great job! (nt)

Tech1961 wrote:

All taken with my new D40 this morning.

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rufusm
rufusm Veteran Member • Posts: 3,046
Re: *WARNING* Hunter & the Hunted

Great story with the pics, #3 is an awesome capture!

Tech1961 wrote:

All taken with my new D40 this morning.

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RAL Veteran Member • Posts: 6,377
Re: I nominate you for president of the respect the D40 club

I've been trying to tell everyone how good it is for months, but I haven't been very well received here for that. I have tried to tell them that I initially only bought it for its size, as that was the one thing missing from my battery of D70, D100 and D1H - a small carryeverywhere camera that would allow me to use all my lenses (some as manual focus only) if I wanted to. I quickly became somewhat overwhelmed by the quality of the images straight out of the camera compared to the others and the ease of post process techniques if needed - they just don't take much and it seems much less of a hassle. Couple that with the size which is ideal for me and I'm sold. I'm sure others get good results out of what ever camera they have and I don't intend to run anybody's camera down, but really hate it when so many try to run down the D40 and peg it as a beginners only, socceer moms camera when it is capable of so much more and your posted photos show that well.

Here are a couple of birds in flight from mine.

OP Tech1961 Senior Member • Posts: 2,601
Re: I nominate you for president of the respect the D40 club

RAL wrote:

I've been trying to tell everyone how good it is for months, but I
haven't been very well received here for that. I have tried to tell
them that I initially only bought it for its size, as that was the
one thing missing from my battery of D70, D100 and D1H - a small
carryeverywhere camera that would allow me to use all my lenses (some
as manual focus only) if I wanted to. I quickly became somewhat
overwhelmed by the quality of the images straight out of the camera
compared to the others and the ease of post process techniques if
needed - they just don't take much and it seems much less of a
hassle. Couple that with the size which is ideal for me and I'm sold.
I'm sure others get good results out of what ever camera they have
and I don't intend to run anybody's camera down, but really hate it
when so many try to run down the D40 and peg it as a beginners only,
socceer moms camera when it is capable of so much more and your
posted photos show that well.

Here are a couple of birds in flight from mine.

Beautiful Shots. I have to say this would be a great beginners camera coming into dslr. But for anyone with experience this thing is an absolute joy to use. I say let the pictures speak for themselves. I had a member tell me that getting bird shots like mine are extremely easy to do because of the time of day that I am shooting them. I have shot birds from sun up til sun down with my D50 and never had problems. I just don't think birding at night is in the cards for me. Don't listen to people that bash equipment, most of them have bought something else and god for bid your camera takes just as good of pictures as theirs. Shut them up by posting your pictures. Enjoy the camera and Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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David Nall
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These are great Tech. You must live by a bird sanctuary. Dave
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NoFunBen Contributing Member • Posts: 579
WOW

wow

after seeing your gallery i have to say you had the birds in the park thing down. dozens of flawless photos.

LeeR Senior Member • Posts: 1,518
Bird Types

Amazing photos. And let me ask: The hunter is a Night Heron, I believe from reading this thread. And what kind of fowl is the other bird?

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gerryd04 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,123
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Had to wait till I got home to view these, my work server blocks flickr and a few other sites. Stunning shots and I agree with others that you should enter the last two in particular in competitions.

As to the other comments in the thread, my wife and daughters (12 & 9) all understood that nature can be cruel at times and that the pics were amazing, though they did have a preference for the last
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FujicaMan Regular Member • Posts: 127
Re: missing D40 negative posts

That's stange whenever D40's are mentioned some prat goes on about it not having an in body focus motor and Nikon made a major mistake and blah blah blah.

MC Contributing Member • Posts: 587
Re: *WARNING* Hunter & the Hunted

Very nice pictures.

Indeed it is an ugly part of wild life, still it's worth shooting. I've heard/seen worse stories where photographers or filmmakeres follwoing a mom cheetaah with cubs who dies and then they even don't do a thing to help the cubs survive hunger. In the end nature keeps its balance much better without human intervention. I'm sure there was nothing you could have done to change this in the first place. It's a shame that some posts have taken away from the success of your pics.

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OP Tech1961 Senior Member • Posts: 2,601
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LeeR wrote:

Amazing photos. And let me ask: The hunter is a Night Heron, I
believe from reading this thread. And what kind of fowl is the other
bird?

These are called Muscovy's

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Thanks for the nice replies
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FujicaMan Regular Member • Posts: 127
*WARNING* missing AF motor

That's stange whenever D40's are mentioned some prat goes on and on about it not having an in body focus motor and Nikon making a major mistake blah blah blah.

great photo's by the way

p.s. I posted this message earlier by mistake

eggman52 Contributing Member • Posts: 793
Worth all the praise they're getting

Only someone who has attempted to shoot birds would understand how difficult it is to get captures like these.

I'm sorry you got caught up in the mudslinging. Some comments you just have to ignore.

I once witnessed a hawk snatch a bird out of the air ten feet in front of my eyes. I didn't have a camera with me, but even if I did, it happened so quickly I would never have captured it.
Congratulations!
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Nurgles:P Senior Member • Posts: 1,408
one less evil duck in the world

one less evil duck in the world.

http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/story/0,9865,1432991,00.html

excellent captures, number 3 is absolutely brilliant.

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albsure Regular Member • Posts: 295
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Hello Tech1961
Great shot series... I must say you have great talent.

I'm from Houston and have long admired your work. Where were you when you captured the Heron stealing the chick?

I have been looking around Houston for some sites for bird pictures but I'm hard press to find some good spots. I went to Brazos Bend State Park but only got a couple keepers.

you can email me @ albailey56@hotmail.com with some sites if you don't mind.

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buildman Contributing Member • Posts: 908
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Absolutely stunning set of photographs, you were at the right place at the right time to capture this moment in time. I sit in a blind for hours trying to get wildlife shots like these and till this day I have nothing to compare.

BTW: I looked at your gallery, but I just didn't see the lens you were using to make this capture, mind sharing.

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OP Tech1961 Senior Member • Posts: 2,601
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buildman wrote:

Absolutely stunning set of photographs, you were at the right place
at the right time to capture this moment in time. I sit in a blind
for hours trying to get wildlife shots like these and till this day I
have nothing to compare.

BTW: I looked at your gallery, but I just didn't see the lens you
were using to make this capture, mind sharing.

Thanks for the nice comments. I used the 70-300vr

James

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