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Follow on from yesterdays post of the Heron spotted on my way back from Leicester, this is my FIRST ever shot of a Kingfisher which joined us as I shot the Heron woo hoo,!

As you can see from shot 4 the Kingfisher perched itself just inside the 150 end of my lens, Heron one side Kingfisher the other.

The shots are hand held (no tripod with me) so a bit soft...
200 ISO
from 100/sec to 160/sec
f8 - f5.6

Comments welcome especially on how to do these better.... thanks Steve

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:sigama 150-500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:1st KINGFISHER
Username:steve_eb steve_eb
Uploaded:20 Dec 2009 - 4:45 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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Imagephotographics

Lovely set of images - well captured

Chris

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kingfisherblue
kingfisherblue e2 Member 5kingfisherblue vcard United Kingdom
20 Dec 2009 - 5:37 PM

Imo no2 is the one i like best,a nice capture of a female KF,i love KFs,thank you.
john

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Scabaida
Scabaida  8 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2009 - 5:57 PM

Great shots! Mabelle

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2009 - 11:39 PM

Wow, these are beautiful.
Joan.

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Overread
Overread  63806 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2009 - 2:19 PM

Lovely series of shots and a great chance to capture shots of both subjects - one could not ask for more. The 3rd appears the sharpest kinfisher shot though I prefer the looks of the first shot overall.

Out of interest have you considered (or were able) to use a beanbag when you don't have space/time for the tripod? Even with the OS of the 150-500mm 1/160sec is probably really pushing your handholding at the long end (and whilst ISO 400 would have been usable I well understand the reluctance to rise ISO and lose finer details and have noise in a shot)

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steve_eb
steve_eb  6345 forum posts United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2009 - 3:50 PM


Quote: Lovely series of shots and a great chance to capture shots of both subjects - one could not ask for more. The 3rd appears the sharpest kinfisher shot though I prefer the looks of the first shot overall.

Out of interest have you considered (or were able) to use a beanbag when you don't have space/time for the tripod? Even with the OS of the 150-500mm 1/160sec is probably really pushing your handholding at the long end (and whilst ISO 400 would have been usable I well understand the reluctance to rise ISO and lose finer details and have noise in a shot)

Thanks for comments.

I do use a beanbag when able, this wasn't possible as I was under the canopy of a Weeping Cherry tree for cover and a low chain link fence would have prevented use of the bean bag anyway. Also had I broken cover to use a nearby post it would have spooked the subjects as the river is narrow at that point.

Thanks again Steve

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2009 - 3:23 PM

shame they were both a little distant but non the less a good catch in V3 - V2 is very good for detail

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