Primates with D800 and 500VR

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gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Primates with D800 and 500VR
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I visited the Brookfield Zoo yesterday with my D800 and 500VR. The indoor exhibit was not well lit, so I shot at very low shutter speeds, activated VR, secured the lens to a gimbal head and added some fill flash with the SB900 and Better Beamer! Here are the images:

1

Black and white colobus monkey (male)

2

Western lowland gorilla (female)

3

Red-capped mangabey

4

Colobus monkey with three week old baby

5

Male orangutan

6

Red-tailed mangabey

7

Red-tailed mangabey

Thanks for looking...

Glenn

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fpessolano Senior Member • Posts: 1,130
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

Nice!!!

tsitalon1 Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

These are outstanding!

I might have to invest in a beamer myself. Always was curious if they really work or not.

ad800 Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

Very nice! Love these

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

fpessolano wrote:

Nice!!!

Thanks!

Glenn

gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

tsitalon1 wrote:

These are outstanding!

I might have to invest in a beamer myself. Always was curious if they really work or not.

Thank you.  The Better Beamer definitely works.  My only challenge with it is remembering to bring it along with me!

Glenn

gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

ad800 wrote:

Very nice! Love these

Thanks very much...

Glenn

KevL
KevL Regular Member • Posts: 131
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really really nice... thanks for posting.

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
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KevL wrote:

really really nice... thanks for posting.

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Kevin

Thanks Kevin...much appreciated!

Glenn

RBFresno
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Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

gnagel wrote:

I visited the Brookfield Zoo yesterday with my D800 and 500VR. The indoor exhibit was not well lit, so I shot at very low shutter speeds, activated VR, secured the lens to a gimbal head and added some fill flash with the SB900 and Better Beamer! Here are the images:

1

Black and white colobus monkey (male)

2

Western lowland gorilla (female)

3

Red-capped mangabey

4

Colobus monkey with three week old baby

5

Male orangutan

6

Red-tailed mangabey

7

Red-tailed mangabey

Thanks for looking...

Glenn

HI!

Masterful as usual!!!!

Your 500VR pictures (as well as those of others) were part of the reason I got the 500VR. I've been very happy with it!

I keep forgetting to buy a Better Beamer.

Last year I was in Tanzania and there was a leopard buried deep in the shadows of a tree with a porcupine kill about over a hundred feet away.

Had to raise the ISO on the D4 a fair bit, and the SB-900 at full power was just barely able to get enough light on the subject for me to get by...

Here's the link (I didn't want to post the picture and "hijack" the thread   )

Leopard

One of the other folks in this forum mentioned that if I got a Better Beamer, that  I should be careful not to inadvertently point it at the sun while  mounted on the flash. He had seen someone fry their flash that way!

Best Regards,

Bob

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

RBFresno wrote:

Masterful as usual!!!!

Your 500VR pictures (as well as those of others) were part of the reason I got the 500VR. I've been very happy with it!

I keep forgetting to buy a Better Beamer.

Last year I was in Tanzania and there was a leopard buried deep in the shadows of a tree with a porcupine kill about over a hundred feet away.

Had to raise the ISO on the D4 a fair bit, and the SB-900 at full power was just barely able to get enough light on the subject for me to get by...

Here's the link (I didn't want to post the picture and "hijack" the thread   )

Leopard

One of the other folks in this forum mentioned that if I got a Better Beamer, that  I should be careful not to inadvertently point it at the sun while  mounted on the flash. He had seen someone fry their flash that way!

Best Regards,

Bob

Thanks Bob...your leopard photograph is excellent!  And, it is more rewarding seeing these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.  Unfortunately, most of the time I have to settle for the zoo.

I have the Better Beamer, but forget to bring it with me most of the time.  I'm carrying so many gear components that it is almost impossible to have everything available for every shoot.

Glenn

lanefAU
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Looks like they were posing for you, good capture, thanks for sharing.

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
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lanefAU wrote:

Looks like they were posing for you, good capture, thanks for sharing.

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Thanks...it takes a little patience as I just wait until they finally look into the lens.

Glenn

sunhorse Senior Member • Posts: 1,532
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Excellent work. The flash lighting is subtle and very well balanced. I love the series.

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Testing123 Regular Member • Posts: 487
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Hi Glenn, as always, thanks for sharing your outstanding work with us.

I noticed that most of the captures were done with a relatively slow shutter speed 1/30, 1/40, etc., with only the red-capped mangabey being at 1/100. I find this interesting (especially with moving subjects) as I have struggled with getting stationary subjects as sharp as you have done here even while using faster shutter speeds. My D800 is now back from Nikon service. I should be able to test in the next day or two.

Regards,

Allen

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

sunhorse wrote:

Excellent work. The flash lighting is subtle and very well balanced. I love the series.

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Ramesh

Thanks Ramesh...Nikon's TTL flash technology makes using fill flash so much easier.

Glenn

gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
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Testing123 wrote:

Hi Glenn, as always, thanks for sharing your outstanding work with us.

I noticed that most of the captures were done with a relatively slow shutter speed 1/30, 1/40, etc., with only the red-capped mangabey being at 1/100. I find this interesting (especially with moving subjects) as I have struggled with getting stationary subjects as sharp as you have done here even while using faster shutter speeds. My D800 is now back from Nikon service. I should be able to test in the next day or two.

Regards,

Allen

Thanks for the kind words, Allen.  Coincidentally, I am just now drafting a blog entry about maintaining sharp images with relatively show shutter speeds.  For the images in this thread, all were taken with the camera/lens secured to a stable tripod and gimbal head, all used the lens with VR activated, fill flash helps freeze any action a bit and taking several exposures helps improve the odds of getting a sharp one as part of the series.

Best of luck with your D800...

Glenn

Hansa Yindee
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Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

You have some very nice photos posted here Glenn.

The follow ups about how and where  it was done

is a big bonus for us all.

The word "Primates" in the title caught my attention

as I too shoot primates in the wild just down the road.

Hand held D300, 70-300VR an on occasion a 17-55 2.8

Nikkor. Once again beautiful photos, hope to see more ..;-)

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

Hansa Yindee wrote:

You have some very nice photos posted here Glenn.

The follow ups about how and where  it was done

is a big bonus for us all.

The word "Primates" in the title caught my attention

as I too shoot primates in the wild just down the road.

Hand held D300, 70-300VR an on occasion a 17-55 2.8

Nikkor. Once again beautiful photos, hope to see more ..;-)

.

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Jon in Thailand
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Thanks Jon...you arbike lesser to see these magnificent animals in the wild!

Glenn

gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 7,012
Re: Primates with D800 and 500VR

gnagel wrote:

Hansa Yindee wrote:

You have some very nice photos posted here Glenn.

The follow ups about how and where  it was done

is a big bonus for us all.

The word "Primates" in the title caught my attention

as I too shoot primates in the wild just down the road.

Hand held D300, 70-300VR an on occasion a 17-55 2.8

Nikkor. Once again beautiful photos, hope to see more ..;-)

.

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Jon in Thailand
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Thanks Jon...you arbike lesser to see these magnificent animals in the wild!

Glenn

Darn autocorrect!  I meant to type..you are lucky to see these magnificent animals in the wild!

Glenn

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