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No rust today...just a burst of shots of a pair of swallows that sat still near my window Smile

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D60 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Aug 2012 - 9:23 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Swallows and ..
Username:cats_123 cats_123
Uploaded:23 Aug 2012 - 9:15 AM
Tags:Swallow, Wildlife / nature
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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 10:22 AM

well done for getting such a close-up of one of these, your images are pleasant but i would however suggest that you consider the rule or guidance of reciprocity and also the use of a little exposure compensaton.

if you are not familiar with the term, reciprocity of course comes from the mathematical term reciprocal, and states that your shutter speed should be at least as fast as '1' over your focal length.

So here, it should be '1' / (300 (your lens) x 1.5 (your D60's crop factor)) = 1/450 sec. Anything less is likely to produce camera blur, even (but less likely) when using a pod.

Hopefully you will concur that V1 and V2 (whilst pleasant enough images) are suffering a little from the whites being over-exposed or 'blown'. The easiest way to take control of this is by use of your Exposure Compensation - generally noted by a square divided into a black and a white triangle with '+' and '-' symbols.
Here you can tell your camera to shoot a littel lighter/darker to accomodate shadows/highlights and, if continuing with Program mode, it will make the neccessary adjustments for you.

if you require more specific guidance then drop me an email and i will be happy to oblige.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 10:35 AM

thanks Phil...must admit i didn't give the setup too much thought...was so surprised to see them so close...thanks for the formula, that's useful to note...Smile

I started off in manual mode, but couldn't get the right exposure, so switched to P in the hope it would cope Smile

Last Modified By cats_123 at 23 Aug 2012 - 10:36 AM

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KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 8329 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 10:36 AM

These are good close-ups, Jeff. I hear what Phil is saying, but I have to confess that where the speed of capture is a priority I just usually point the damned thing and hope for the best - and try to sort out any problems in ACR. I expect you've got even more flexibility in Lightroom. Not the most scientific approach, perhaps, but I find in high contrast situations that if I expose for the highlights, I usually lose shadow detail - and vice versa. Ideally, one should aim for the optimum exposure at the time of capture but I could easiliy understand that in this particular case you might have got lost in the moment. Let's face it: the little buggers weren't going to be likely to hang around all day while you twiddled your knobs. Wink

Regards.

Bob

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 10:39 AM

exactly, Bob....but nice to be able to understand how others get those `stand out' shots Smile


There are loads of the swallows flying around near here, but they rarely perch for long enough Wink

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 11:18 AM

You will know you won't get any techie stuff from me.
I just want to know what you were doing at the window
to get that look in V2 !!
Mick.

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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 11:52 AM

comments noted as above - the thing is that when you get used to semi-manual modes (personally Aperture) it all becomes intuitive and exposure / speed etc can all be accomodated very quickly - normally without even taking your eye from the viewfinder!

no matter what software you use for processing, a blown image is a blown image - i will forward my 'idiot guise' (so called as an idiot wrote it) Wink

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
23 Aug 2012 - 1:50 PM

lovely set nice close ups great photos.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 2:34 PM


Quote: You will know you won't get any techie stuff from me.
I just want to know what you were doing at the window
to get that look in V2 !!
Mick.

I think he spotted me...for a split second the beak opened full, but I was too late SmileSad

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 4:59 PM

Beautiful.

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 278 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 8:45 PM

Wonderful set of variants, luv v3, well done a great capture.
Darryl.x SmileSmileSmile

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