40D gets rare kingfisher in near darkness

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liquidstone
liquidstone Veteran Member • Posts: 9,961
40D gets rare kingfisher in near darkness

I had to wait 7 hours and endure pesky mosquitoes yesterday before this Philippine endemic showed up and allowed me a few shots in my last birding sortie of 2007.

Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopecta, male)
Tiaong, Quezon province, Philippines

40D + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, manual focus via Live View, f/7.1, ISO 320, 0.5 sec shutter speed, manual exposure in available understory light, 475B/3421 support:

Regards,

Romy

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LenZen Regular Member • Posts: 245
WOW!

Hi Romy,

That's an incredible image. I can never get any subject to stay still for .5 sec. LOL
I would say your patience was well rewarded.

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deepak rao Veteran Member • Posts: 6,572
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Mazingly well done Romy. Have a great year of birding in 2008 - we will all enjoy seeing your results.
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BigAlSA Contributing Member • Posts: 565
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That is an amazing shot Romy!

darlenea Regular Member • Posts: 292
Double WOW

What a great crisp image. Darlene

MediumFormat Regular Member • Posts: 121
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Wow!!!!!!!!!

Just incredible!

John down under Veteran Member • Posts: 8,236
great; live view for manual focus

Fantastic result Romy. Your patience and technique worked very well.

How are you finding the use of live view for manual focusing? Was that at 10X mag? Did you focus and then recompose as your subject is obviously off centre and at 10X mag you wouldn't see much of the frame in live view.

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Glen Sansoucie Contributing Member • Posts: 722
Double Wow

A 1/2 sec shutter speed?

I have to ask, do you get this shot without live view?

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snappey Senior Member • Posts: 1,050
Holy Moly! That's amazing! Both the shot and the settings.

liquidstone wrote:

I had to wait 7 hours and endure pesky mosquitoes yesterday before
this Philippine endemic showed up and allowed me a few shots in my
last birding sortie of 2007.

Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopecta, male)
Tiaong, Quezon province, Philippines

40D + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, manual focus via Live View, f/7.1,
ISO 320, 0.5 sec shutter speed, manual exposure in available
understory light, 475B/3421 support:

Regards,

Romy

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Robert D. McGee1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,157
Brilliant!

The 40D was only the instrument. Romy did the job!!

Thanks for sharing a VERY nice image!
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mcscnc New Member • Posts: 17
amazing

the bird and the shot.

mark dimo Senior Member • Posts: 1,962
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brilliant photo romy!

well done mate. glad to see a fellow countryman getting the most out of his skill.

cheers,

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liquidstone
liquidstone OP Veteran Member • Posts: 9,961
Yes, possible even without Live View

Thanks, Glen. Here's a shot of the same species I got two years ago - 350D + Sigmonster, 800 mm, f/10, ISO 200, 0.8 sec (!), MLU, 475B/3421 support. After focusing and MLU, I had to monitor the bird's pose with my binocular on my left hand, while my right hand holds the remote switch, ready to fire.

However, Live View just makes things simpler and easier - I can monitor the pose via the LCD (while the mirror is up to minimize slap), and the 10x zoom allows me to place critical focus on the exact place I want it to be.

Romy

Glen Sansoucie wrote:

A 1/2 sec shutter speed?

I have to ask, do you get this shot without live view?

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bogongbreeze Contributing Member • Posts: 800
Fabulous

Thanks for showing another wonderful shot, Romy. You are forever an inspiration.

Glen Sansoucie Contributing Member • Posts: 722
Re: Yes, possible even without Live View

Romy,

Thanks for the reply and the shot with the XT.

Once the kids are a little older, I will have a bit more patience, right now, a shutter speed of 1/2 second would result in an over-exposed blur

I have to admit, I am not into birding, however, it is great to hear about your approach and your successes. This is what I like about this forum, I can see what works for others, then give it a try.

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liquidstone OP Veteran Member • Posts: 9,961
Re: great; live view for manual focus

John down under wrote:

Fantastic result Romy. Your patience and technique worked very well.

Thanks, John!

How are you finding the use of live view for manual focusing?

LV helps a lot in very accurate manual focus.

Was that at 10X mag?

Yes, that was at 10x LV zoom.

Did you focus and then recompose as your subject is obviously off centre and at > 10X mag you wouldn't see much of the frame in live view.

Upon turning on LV, I immediately frame the subject to my desired composition, move the focus rectangle to the bird's eye, then do my MF at 10x zoom. After precisely focusing, I back off to 5x zoom to monitor the bird's pose, and the dissipation of camera shake (readily noticeable even at 5x). Once the bird's pose is right, and the bird/scene are no longer shaking in the LCD, I trip the shutter via remote switch.

Romy

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mmullen Veteran Member • Posts: 4,279
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Fantastic shot Romy! I love the bright orange legs, the composition, the light and the clarity.

Cheers!

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BigAlSA Contributing Member • Posts: 565
Re: Yes, possible even without Live View

This shot is just as amazing as the other! 0.8s - I'm amazed that the bird didn't move in that time frame!

I'm bookmarking this post just to show folks what can be done with the 350d.

Starbuck22 Forum Member • Posts: 77
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awesome cute bird ,,, quality is great too,,, thanks for sharing.

John down under Veteran Member • Posts: 8,236
thanks for the focus explanation

liquidstone wrote:

John down under wrote:

Fantastic result Romy. Your patience and technique worked very well.

Thanks, John!

How are you finding the use of live view for manual focusing?

LV helps a lot in very accurate manual focus.

Was that at 10X mag?

Yes, that was at 10x LV zoom.

Did you focus and then recompose as your subject is obviously off centre and at > 10X mag you wouldn't see much of the frame in live view.

Upon turning on LV, I immediately frame the subject to my desired
composition, move the focus rectangle to the bird's eye, then do my
MF at 10x zoom. After precisely focusing, I back off to 5x zoom to
monitor the bird's pose, and the dissipation of camera shake (readily
noticeable even at 5x). Once the bird's pose is right, and the
bird/scene are no longer shaking in the LCD, I trip the shutter via
remote switch.

Romy

Sounds good Romy. I'm sure you're well practised with this method of focusing, steadying and shooting quickly enough to capture birds often enough without them moving too much and destroying your opportunities.

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