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well, 3 days now with no proper light (annoying as 3 GSW on feeders last 2 days) i have resorted to posting a few less-than-perfect Tiger Cub images.... more notes in a mo when i have uploaded variants but please see exif

notes for the less experienced - (i mean not to insult, experienced folk look away now)

taken on a somewhat grey and overcast November day, ISO even at 1000 was borderline fast enough - any higher and the noise would really have started to become an issue so first element of compromise there

then trying to balance depth of field requirements vs. reciprocity - whilst it is possible in some situations to use a pod for wildlife it is not always a given, here i would have been lying flat out on the floor (in order to achieve subject eye-level) and balancing the camera/lens on the camera bag.

any smaller aperture / greater depth would have slowed shutter too much - and largest aperture would have further reduced depth (which would have mattered on some images more than others)

aha! you may say but pray tell why negative exposure compensation on a day so overcast that blown highlights would have been a miracle?

for any given ISO and aperture combination your camera will offer up the shutter speed for what it believe is your required exposure - so, if i shift my EC (here to - 1 1/3) then the camera gives a considerably faster shutter in order to deliver the darker than average image.

i have a personal preference to shoot marginally darker than most - but here, the settign would have been in order to gain a sharper (relative statement) image.

my own mentor John Wright taught me that, essentially, a dark image can be lightened (to some extent) whereas a blurred image is a blurred image.. similarly noise is better than blur and as such i should have perhaps also tried 1250 ISO

Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Lens:300.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Nov 2011 - 4:05 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-4/3
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:A bevy of cubs
Username:philhomer philhomer
Uploaded:23 Feb 2013 - 1:24 PM
Tags:Cubs, Pets / captive animals, Tiger, Tiger cubs, Whf, Wildlife / nature
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philhomer  558 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 1:39 PM

for those with subject-specific interests i have been tidying my epz galleries and now have various albums for Big Cats, Owls & Raptors, Garden Birds and such - please do take a look and let me know whether this is worthwhile

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