Chickadee Fun with D810

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Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
Chickadee Fun with D810
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The last 2 days, I've had some time to take some photos of birdies at our backyard feeders. I probably would not have captured these with the D800, because the bird would probably have flown after the first shot. You really need to view large to see the detail. These are jpg's, straight out of the camera (cropped). I need to get to processing the RAW's, but wanted to upload some. So...here ya go

Never saw a chickadee's tongue before

This one I think I did from RAW, because I lightened his face a bit cause it was in so much shadow.

Did I mention I LOVE my new camera! I would have never thought I could take photos like these.

Nikon D810
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Tilnak New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Chickadee Fun with D810

No problem with D800 also...

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
Re: Chickadee Fun with D810

Tilnak wrote:

No problem with D800 also...

Beautiful. Is it a Purple Finch?...so dark, perhaps it's a baby?

MF

John_I Veteran Member • Posts: 6,316
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Many Feathers wrote:

The last 2 days, I've had some time to take some photos of birdies at our backyard feeders. I probably would not have captured these with the D800, because the bird would probably have flown after the first shot. You really need to view large to see the detail. These are jpg's, straight out of the camera (cropped). I need to get to processing the RAW's, but wanted to upload some. So...here ya go :-)Did I mention I LOVE my new camera! I would have never thought I could take photos like these.

Chickadees are lots of fun to photograph as you have shown. Thanks for sharing your photos with the D810.

That said, I don't think the results speak to anything about the D810 per se nor even about the lens used. Here are some samples of chickadees with the ancient Nikon P&S CP8800, D40x, D200, D300 and D700.

Keep on shooting as birds are always willing performers ! ... and they do challenge our skills as photographers!

http://jbipix.com/?s=chickadee

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
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Chickadees are lots of fun to photograph as you have shown. Thanks for sharing your photos with the D810.

That said, I don't think the results speak to anything about the D810 per se nor even about the lens used. Here are some samples of chickadees with the ancient Nikon P&S CP8800, D40x, D200, D300 and D700.

Keep on shooting as birds are always willing performers ! ... and they do challenge our skills as photographers!

http://jbipix.com/?s=chickadee

Wow John! Those are some incredible photos! I love the one where he's on someone's hand with a big peanut! Ha! And the ones with wings out...love love love it!

I would love to see you shoot with the D810! I don't know if you looked at my photos at 100% (I actually think some of them are larger than 100% here...don't know what dpreview does to the crop when it uploads it). You can actually see the vanes and barbs in the feathers. If you look at them small, you just don't get the same affect. I tried to zoom in on yours and couldn't. My bet is that although they are MUCH better than mine in many ways, they don't hold near the detail. I could be wrong and you have smaller files on your website. Either way, your photos are fantastic and gave me a good smile and encouragement for further improvement

If you haven't, click on my photos and then click on 100%. Let me know what ya think.

MF

Tilnak New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Chickadee Fun with D810

Thank You. It is a blackbird (female). Shot was taken on a late afternoon, so light is warm...

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Reilly Diefenbach
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The technical side is taken care of, now move away from that ugly bird feeder and get them on a branch, which is no great trick with chickadees.

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
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Tilnak wrote:

Thank You. It is a blackbird (female). Shot was taken on a late afternoon, so light is warm...

Love it...thanks!

MF

OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
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Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

The technical side is taken care of, now move away from that ugly bird feeder and get them on a branch, which is no great trick with chickadees.

I know... sometimes I'm tempted to do that. But...

For many years, I have had pet parrots. I've tried so hard to take photos of them on branches and make it look like they were in the wild. One day, I set up a tripod and took some photos of them with me...closeups of them perched on my hands. Then, they looked right. It was an "aha moment" for me and caught me totally by surprise. Because that's how I see them... perched with me or in their "houses".

I think, for me, it's kind of the same thing with my outside birdies. I spend lots of $ feeding them, lots of time. I LOVE seeing them on our feeders. I love sitting in my backyard, just watching them eat. It's so relaxing and gives me joy. So, that's what I like to photograph. That's what looks "natural" to me.

My older brother once said to me, "Why do you take all those photos of family? No one's gonna care about that in 100 years from now. Take some photos of things that are beautiful or that mean something to lots of people." And he's right. But...I guess I realized that I don't photograph for other people, I photograph for me

Oh well...perhaps I shouldn't post them then. I just was having so much fun

MF

John_I Veteran Member • Posts: 6,316
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Many Feathers wrote:

Chickadees are lots of fun to photograph as you have shown. Thanks for sharing your photos with the D810.

That said, I don't think the results speak to anything about the D810 per se nor even about the lens used. Here are some samples of chickadees with the ancient Nikon P&S CP8800, D40x, D200, D300 and D700.

Keep on shooting as birds are always willing performers ! ... and they do challenge our skills as photographers!

http://jbipix.com/?s=chickadee

Wow John! Those are some incredible photos! I love the one where he's on someone's hand with a big peanut! Ha! And the ones with wings out...love love love it!

I would love to see you shoot with the D810! I don't know if you looked at my photos at 100% (I actually think some of them are larger than 100% here...don't know what dpreview does to the crop when it uploads it). You can actually see the vanes and barbs in the feathers. If you look at them small, you just don't get the same affect. I tried to zoom in on yours and couldn't. My bet is that although they are MUCH better than mine in many ways, they don't hold near the detail. I could be wrong and you have smaller files on your website. Either way, your photos are fantastic and gave me a good smile and encouragement for further improvement

If you haven't, click on my photos and then click on 100%. Let me know what ya think.

Hey MF. Thanks for the kind comments. I do shoot with a D800e as well, so do appreciate the resolution and detail of the 800 series. Yes. Did look at yours at 100% and see the resolution. From what I have read, the D810 is better for birding (acquisition, focus and tracking) than even the D800e that I use. No question about the 800 series being the best we have ever seen.

Yes. I post only at my blog at reduced sizes as I prefer to try and get out to shoot as often as I can rather than spend too much time on web site. Less often this summer as I deal with some health issues ... and cool inclement weather as well. Many cameras do give reasonable resolution for web and printing up to 8x10 as that is all I do.

Do keep on shooting ... and sharing. All results do help in decision making for the ever evolving technical advances. I must say I am tempted by the D810 but don't like that Nikon has discontinued support for NX2 that I use with filters and spot adjustment although I also use ViewNX2 for post processing and conversion. Hope Nikon keeps it as I prefer it to NX-D.

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ZionImage Regular Member • Posts: 330
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Love the crisp shape images.  What lens do you have there?  It shows that it is 420mm?

Many Feathers wrote:

The last 2 days, I've had some time to take some photos of birdies at our backyard feeders. I probably would not have captured these with the D800, because the bird would probably have flown after the first shot. You really need to view large to see the detail. These are jpg's, straight out of the camera (cropped). I need to get to processing the RAW's, but wanted to upload some. So...here ya go

Never saw a chickadee's tongue before

This one I think I did from RAW, because I lightened his face a bit cause it was in so much shadow.

Did I mention I LOVE my new camera! I would have never thought I could take photos like these.

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Just trying to improve my draft one image at a time
You could check our more of my photos at http://www.joshuaphotographystudio.com

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
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ZionImage wrote:

Love the crisp shape images. What lens do you have there? It shows that it is 420mm?

Hi ZionImage. Thanks for your comments  

The lens is the 300mm f/4 with a 1.4 TC.

MF

ZionImage Regular Member • Posts: 330
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Many Feathers wrote:

ZionImage wrote:

Love the crisp shape images. What lens do you have there? It shows that it is 420mm?

Hi ZionImage. Thanks for your comments

The lens is the 300mm f/4 with a 1.4 TC.

MF

That makes sense with the odd numbers.  I'm picking up mine D810 Friday.  Can't wait.

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
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. I'm picking up mine D810 Friday. Can't wait.

You're gonna love it...be sure to post

MF

ZionImage Regular Member • Posts: 330
Thought my D810 was a lemon

Many Feathers wrote:

. I'm picking up mine D810 Friday. Can't wait.

You're gonna love it...be sure to post

MF

I picked up mine late afternoon yesterday. Then I had to run to a shoot away and don't feel comfortable risking missing those shoots. And I'm not sure if I need any AF fine tuning with my lens. I'll sure post up once I have chance to give it a run.

So I got to share this story tho: With the D800 AF problem, I want to make sure I don't buy an upgrade with the same problem. I was I bit concerned around that and very cautious not getting a lemon. When I test my camera at the shop, I pointed it to different distances but the camera AF didn't move or do anything. While this was the first time I picked up the camera, I knew AF menu and buttons weren't much differences from my D800.  After I did all the checking, it still didn't move all. I was freaking out a bit (as I already sold my D800) and then I finally realized that they put a 24mm on the body. D810 didn't even need to move the AF motor to know it is already in focus for anything a couple feet away. Then they put on a 50mm and it just worked smooth and quick. I was so used to the D800 oddity that having that fixed almost caused me an heart attack.  Other than like, I am really liking the faster and more confident response of the AF.

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OP Many Feathers Senior Member • Posts: 1,827
Re: Thought my D810 was a lemon

I picked up mine late afternoon yesterday. Then I had to run to a shoot away and don't feel comfortable risking missing those shoots. And I'm not sure if I need any AF fine tuning with my lens. I'll sure post up once I have chance to give it a run.

So I got to share this story tho: With the D800 AF problem, I want to make sure I don't buy an upgrade with the same problem. I was I bit concerned around that and very cautious not getting a lemon. When I test my camera at the shop, I pointed it to different distances but the camera AF didn't move or do anything. While this was the first time I picked up the camera, I knew AF menu and buttons weren't much differences from my D800. After I did all the checking, it still didn't move all. I was freaking out a bit (as I already sold my D800) and then I finally realized that they put a 24mm on the body. D810 didn't even need to move the AF motor to know it is already in focus for anything a couple feet away. Then they put on a 50mm and it just worked smooth and quick. I was so used to the D800 oddity that having that fixed almost caused me an heart attack. Other than like, I am really liking the faster and more confident response of the AF.

Enjoy Nothing like a new camera and nothing like the D810

MF

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