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Featured Forum Thread: NZ Sacred Kingfisher Dive Series by macro

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by macro, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    About the size of a Sparrow and I simply call them flying bullets. So a small dive series. In this case it came up with a small crab which is generally what they go for at the estuary.

    NEX-7, Canon FD 500 F/4.5L, 1/2500, F/4.5, ISO 200

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    All the best folks.

    Danny.
     
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    In... Credible! :hail:
     
  3. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    Howdy Dave, didn't realise it was you mate ;) So what's with the WoodWorks ?? Joiner, cabinetmaker or at home woodworker ??
     
  4. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry

    What he said!! :bravo-009:
     
  5. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Awesome series of shots Danny.
     
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Well, I do mess around with woodworking tools a bit (small sailboats, and such), but my avatar name is just a play on my last name: Wood. I know, lame. :rolleyes:
     
  7. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Very cool! I'd be interested to know how you shot this as far as your technique for catching the sequence.
     
  8. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    This is around 15-20 meters away, so with the 500mm its hard to nail them on the move, but it goes like this......

    They sit in tall trees generally behind us or on a few perches in the water and I watch for the movements they make before they dive. They spot a prey in the water, dive off the trees or perch and the trick is that you have around 1/2 - 1 second to focus on them as they hover above the prey before they hit the water. Absolutely love focus peaking !!

    On the dive and hovering off a perch this one. When they jump off a perch its a waste of time pre focusing on the perch because focus does change when they launch and DOF is very little to play with

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    Not so great this shot, but its there anyway as an example

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    You need to know your lenses and how the focus ring direction works (always internal focus lenses), that comes with time and becomes automatic after a while. Shoot with both eyes open and turn the focus ring in the right direction as it comes out of the water.

    I shoot with others using FF Canon's with 500mm F/4's and 400 F/2.8's and even they have trouble locking focus with AF. Boney now uses MF on his FF Canon after watching how I do it with MF lenses. Steve still uses AF and does nail them now and again, in fact Steve is amazing. Chris is also using MF on his 400 F/2.8L. They are darn fast ;)

    All the best and thanks for that. Appreciated.

    Danny.
     
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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Always great shots from ya. Nice work.
     
  10. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    Heck, there's a few I know on here, how are ya Dave and thanks mate :)
     
  11. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Grreat description of how it's done. Thanks for posting this up. :)
     
  12. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Amazing!!!
     
  13. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    ^^^I'll echo that. I was just trying to get some shots of little finches flitting about our front window in the rain, and didn't get a single keeper. I was just using a 70mm zoom. Doing what you do with a 300mm lens is impressive.

    Tony
     
  14. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    The other way to control that Tony is with bird feeders and I see a few doing this. Its great for practise and just pre focus on the bird feeder and fire off a burst as it comes in or takes off. I would move the camera slightly off so the bird feeder wasn't in focus though mate.

    For practise in shutter speeds and timing I do this on our lemon tree, I know they love the lemon tree so I just set up and wait. Where is one .....

    NEX-7 and the Canon FD 500 F/4.5L and a pre focused technique on a Sparrow

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    All the best Tony.

    Danny.
     
  15. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Wow, very nice Danny.

    Tony
     
  16. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2011
    Rockin' series all around! - "Congrats" on the front page...:cool:
     
  17. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC
    Well done, beautiful shots.
     
  18. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Hard to come up with superlatives for your work Danny. I'm envious of your patience and skill. I can't imagine these shots being any better.
     
  19. Jethro10

    Jethro10 TalkEmount Regular

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    May 28, 2013
    Not only are they amazing, it makes me want to come visit you to see them in real life!

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  20. jinju32

    jinju32 New to TalkEmount

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    Jun 8, 2013
    what a great shot!
    I love these pictures.