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1st KINGFISHER

By steve_eb    
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

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Comments


20 Dec 2009 5:02PM
Lovely set of images - well captured

Chris

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Imo no2 is the one i like best,a nice capture of a female KF,i love KFs,thank you.
john
20 Dec 2009 5:57PM
Great shots! Mabelle
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
20 Dec 2009 11:39PM
Wow, these are beautiful.
Joan.
Overread 8 4.1k 19 England
21 Dec 2009 2:19PM
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)
steve_eb Plus
8 353 8 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2009 3:50PM

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
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2009 3:23PM
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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