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Osprey Obsession

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:11 am
by SuzanneR
I'm really kind of obsessed with ALL raptors, truth be known :)
The challenge is to get them to fly within reasonable distance of my lens!
Here's a shot from today, taken in Henderson, NV. f6.3 500mm, 1/1600s, ISO400 NIkon D7100 Sigma 150-500mm lens.
I'm still working on nailing the shots where the bird came out of nowhere, I was still in AF-S (single servo) when this guy showed up!

Image

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:27 am
by tsilva
Nice shot Suzanne :)

Thanks for posting!

Tony

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:48 am
by TomCofer
Nice shot. It seems to be eyeing you up and deciding if you are food. :)

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:21 pm
by Bobby Deal
Beautiful bird and nicely photographed

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:22 pm
by Onslow
Nice image. I'm hopeless at catching birds in flight so I appreciate the skill to get this. :)

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:44 am
by SuzanneR
Oh, it's taken tons of practice, trust me! Plus knowing to not bother even taking a shot unless the bird fills your viewfinder at least 1/9 (general rule of thumb), or when you crop in, you will have lousy detail. I was very lucky with this osprey, it flew right over me and that shot is barely cropped. That doesn't happen very often!!!!

Tips for BIF shots ~ Good light = good shutter speed: 1/1250sec is usually good for BIFs (but for herons/egrets and other slow flyers, you can get away with a bit less). Good shutter speed is very important, and nice illumination on the front or side of the bird is another - (don't backlight, in other words). And "shoot to the right" of the histogram so you don't have to pull shadows up too much in post -- use up to +3EV for a dark bird against a bright sky, if necessary.

And that's what I've learned in the last year. Before I was doing all that, my shots were not very good. :lol:

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:47 am
by TomCofer
Thanks for the BIF shooting tips! :)

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:41 pm
by Coral
Wow! Really beautiful!

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:50 am
by SuzanneR
Coral wrote:Wow! Really beautiful!


Thank you, Coral!

Re: Osprey Obsession

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:49 am
by Shine Gonzalvez
Thanks for info.... Fantastical shot ... What focusing method did you use?.. Backbutton, shutter half down or manual ?