Marievale - An Enigma (20070320 - More pics added)

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10 years 8 months ago #4172 by Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler replied the topic:
Stunning shots Ian, love the sequence shots of the Malachite King.

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10 years 8 months ago #4198 by ianweatherburn
ianweatherburn replied the topic: Two More
Black-Winged Stilt - Pano


Grey-Headed Gull (imm.) I think - Can I share?

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10 years 7 months ago #4206 by ianweatherburn
ianweatherburn replied the topic: Some more...
Malachite Kingfisher - Juvenile - Portrait


Whiskered Tern - Lumen Angelus (Angel of Light
Something a bit different? :D

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10 years 7 months ago #4207 by Arnold
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Ian
This last one is definitely different ... I like it very much ...

Keep up the excellent work
A

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10 years 7 months ago #4218 by Peregrinedive
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Many thanks Ian (and others) for posting all these pictures, it is very much appreciated.

Regards,
Abe

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10 years 6 months ago #4446 by ianweatherburn
ianweatherburn replied the topic:
Thanks Arnold and Abe. Welcome.

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10 years 6 months ago #4456 by Johan van Rensburg
Johan van Rensburg replied the topic:
Hi Ian! Like the other guys, I also greatly enjoyed your work. Don't you want to share some of your techniques here please. I would like to know what equipment you used (camera, lense, settings) and if you used a flash for fill-in and finally how much post camera processing was done and what you did if that is the case.

Fantastic stuff to enjoy over breakfast. Makes me want to duck out of the office and play hookie somewhere at a waterhole...

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10 years 6 months ago #4466 by ianweatherburn
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Johan, eek a big question; and I'm also embarrassed to admit to the equipment that I do have - I collect and horde! :D

When shooting birds the only equipment that I really use is:
Canon 1D Mark IIn
Canon 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM
Canon 1.4x II Extender
Canon 2x II Extender (only sometimes)
Canon 580EX Flash
Better Beamer Flash Extender (only sometimes)
Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod
Wimberly Gimbal Head (lens are camera are weightless with this amazing invention)

Technique wise, 99.99% of the time I am on Aperture Priority (Av). If shooting birds I try and keep my shutter speed on 1/1500s - 1/2000s to get sharp images and so will adjust aperture and ISO accordingly, but will usually attempt to stop down as much as possible to get the whole bird in the DOF and open up and wide as possible to blur the background. So you can see the contention that goes on constantly.

Focusing for flying birds, 90% of the time I'm on center point focus only, otherwise a static bird I will choose a focus point manually for better composition. This usually means a flying bird shot almost always requires cropping for better composition.

If using flash unless I'm using the Better Beamer I will hold the flash off-camera for better results.

Post-Processing. Eek. I'm a bit anal about this and spend ages per picture. I have very little in-camera sharpening going on and always shoot in RAW, so I start off with a white balance setup, and RAW conversion which often includes some exposure adjustment etc.
In Photoshop I use Photokit for all my sharpening needs and all my pictures need sharpening because I have it turned down low in camera.
I will setup curves for contrast and colour, adjust saturation and most importantly noise removal, as I'm usually shooting at ISO400 sometimes higher (I use NoiseNinja for this).
By and large my post-processing includes about 9-10 steps from start to finish.

Hope that helps. Now can I take tomorrow off and go and take some more pictures! THanks. :D

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10 years 6 months ago #4468 by Doug
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HI Ian.

I have to say that I have only ben using my Pentax for less than a week and I have already discovered the beauty of shutter priority and find it awesome for shots of moving birds.

You mentioned sharpness. Do you actually turn it down from default or leave it on the center position (unchanged so I would imagine).

I think I know where I will start for now on lenses just to get my feet wet. Pentax makes a realy nice 50-200 F4.5 ED lens which, with a multiplier will allow me to at least start doing some sort of playing with bird photography although it will probably need stealth to be able to get anything with a 200!!

Thanks to you and Trevor for infecting me with the photography bug!!!!!!

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10 years 6 months ago #4469 by ianweatherburn
ianweatherburn replied the topic:
Doug, I use Aperture Priority (Av) rather than Shutter Priority (Tv). I know it sounds counter-intuitive for flying birds, but most of the time I'm shooting static birds and I want to be able to control the aperture to be as wide as possible.

This probably didn't come across that clearly in my explanation.

I have the sharpening turned down from the default 2 notches.

Happy shooting with your new equipment.

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