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Postby Ceropegia » Sun May 21, 2017 3:26 pm

At the James D. Martin Wildlife Park, a Gadsden, Alabama city park that is a wetland backwater of the Coosa River formed at the mouth of Black Creek from the impoundment of the Coosa by an Alabama Power Company Dam. I was very surprised this shot turned out. I did not realize the camera was set on macro. Seems like the camera somehow ignores the macro setting when zooming at far away things. Lucky for me because I took many shots that day before I realized the camera was set to macro.
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Postby Charles Haacker » Sun May 21, 2017 4:06 pm

Ceropegia wrote: ... I was very surprised this shot turned out. I did not realize the camera was set on macro. Seems like the camera somehow ignores the macro setting when zooming at far away things. Lucky for me because I took many shots that day before I realized the camera was set to macro.

It's a beautiful shot, well composed, and the setting really makes it. I've noticed that macro thing on other cameras, and I think you're right, it doesn't seem to matter. I discovered early that I could put any of my compact cameras in macro and zoom to longer focal lengths for better perspective. You can't get as close but you get better perspective and bokeh. I'm not even sure why some of them have a macro setting. My Sony RX-10 does not have one. It's just in "macro" all the time, at any focal length. It is SO irritating that there are settings on cameras that can mess up a shot, but fortunately this seems not to be one of them.
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Re: Great Egret

Postby LindaShorey » Sun May 21, 2017 4:22 pm

It's possible you could have gotten a bit sharper focus in normal mode, but it's certainly nice the day wasn't lost. My new mirrorless cameras seem especially prone to my inadvertently hitting the wheels for aperture and shutter speed, so I try to remember to check every few minutes :)

Your egret shot is a lovely contrast between delicate beauty and rough environment. And a study in concentration as well!
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Postby Didereaux » Sun May 21, 2017 5:46 pm

Well done. That is how I like to take the brd & critter shots....with a good view of the environment that they are in.
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Re: Great Egret

Postby St3v3M » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:13 am

Ceropegia wrote:At the James D. Martin Wildlife Park, a Gadsden, Alabama city park that is a wetland backwater of the Coosa River formed at the mouth of Black Creek from the impoundment of the Coosa by an Alabama Power Company Dam. I was very surprised this shot turned out. I did not realize the camera was set on macro. Seems like the camera somehow ignores the macro setting when zooming at far away things. Lucky for me because I took many shots that day before I realized the camera was set to macro.

This was an amazing save and it looks like you were there for the action. Thank you for sharing this with us! S-
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