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By ringyneck  
I think this is the best I am going to do with my kingfisher quest.
It is SO dark at this place the speeds are up to only 1/50 and despite being only 15 feet away I cannot get any quality into the images.(had to lighten this a lot).
It is now time for a rethink or stop all together.
I have to either find a better place or lay out 10 grand on gear....both would be ideal.

V2 is the full frame shot to show how close he is @400mm.

THANKS TO ALANC1 FOR THE USER AWARD.
It makes the couple of hundred hours it took to get this far almost worth it.


Tags: General Kingfisher Bird Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Ade_Osman, ianrobinson, KBan and 42 more

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Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
23 Jun 2011 9:59AM
Give up on the kingfishers and come over the dark side of butterflying! It's even more infuriating Grin

Ade
ianrobinson 11 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:02AM
I would be happy getting that shot as i have none of King fishers and desperatly want some lovely images like this.
where did you go to find these elusive birds and what time of day did you photograph.

Great image by the way.

Ian.
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
23 Jun 2011 10:05AM
Shame there is no exif data, be very interested to see the ISO. You dont need 10 grand of gear, wind that ISO up and go for it. Shoot in RAW and i'm sure you will get what you want. Keep plugging away at them, never give up. Use this as a benchmark and then say to yourself 'no stupid little bird and weather will get the better of me'
Try at that distance sticking a flash gun on.
Richard
jimpy1 12 England
23 Jun 2011 10:07AM
I would be pleased with this. I agree with Ade close up/macro is equally as infuriating but no lessrewarding. Lovely image though.
Jim
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:21AM

Quote:Give up on the kingfishers and come over the dark side of butterflying! It's even more infuriating Grin

Ade


Thanks ADE.....I have many dark sides...even butterflies...more chasing to do on butterflies.
Keith
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
23 Jun 2011 10:24AM
Never even having seen a kingfisher, I'd have been delighted if this were mine, but I'm sure if you keep plugging away, you'll come up with the goods, Keith.
Ronnie.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:26AM

Quote:I would be happy getting that shot as i have none of King fishers and desperatly want some lovely images like this.
where did you go to find these elusive birds and what time of day did you photograph.

Great image by the way.

Ian.



Thanks IAN....Yes I know what you mean...you see someones pic and you are hooked.

I had a wander around my area for 3 hours before finding this place and this one was at 5pm BUT they show up at ANY time.

If you are interested I have started a diary on the Kingies in MY BLOGon my portfoloio page.
Keith
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:34AM
Well if I could get anything half as good I would be happy !!
Have you seem Sydney2 has writen a book with his images ...
User_Removed 17 386 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:36AM
A beautiful capture, stunning colour & detail.

Lucien.
Graham_P 14 1 19 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:37AM
As Richard says Keith use it as a starting point,
Have you considered a bit of fill in flash, you may only get the one shot but it will add a little more light,
Added a mod which should have lightened him a little more.

Graham.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:39AM

Quote:Shame there is no exif data, be very interested to see the ISO. You dont need 10 grand of gear, wind that ISO up and go for it. Shoot in RAW and i'm sure you will get what you want. Keep plugging away at them, never give up. Use this as a benchmark and then say to yourself 'no stupid little bird and weather will get the better of me'
Try at that distance sticking a flash gun on.
Richard




Thanks RICHARD......the settings are...1/30,f 5.6, iso 200 and -0.7 ExComp. @ 400mm

Now before you say again crank up the ISO ...this IS cranked up!!! The OLY will NOT entertain the silly numbers enjoyed by the Canon and Nikon brigades.....that must be why everyone has Canons and nikons. I know theres NR software but it would not sort out anything over 400/800 ish.

The best Oly at the moment is the E5 @ about 1500 ...good at noise and weather proofed...put this with their biggest lens @ 300mm about 6000.then theres all the other stuff....I will need an Oly macro..a wide angle and then better tripod and not forgetting the off camera flash unit...your right 10 grand is not needed ...more like 12....LOL

plugging away at them, never give up. Use this as a benchmark and then say to yourself 'no stupid little bird and weather will get the better of me'.........LOVE it ..thanks.

Keith

More Kingy facts in MY BLOG
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:43AM

Quote:As Richard says Keith use it as a starting point,
Have you considered a bit of fill in flash, you may only get the one shot but it will add a little more light,
Added a mod which should have lightened him a little more.

Graham.



Thanks GRAHAM....great job......flash has been used by someone on another site and I have been advised to try it...I only have in camera one and they think it might be a bit harsh.
I had done NR on it so it seems you are better at it than me....not hard !!

Keith
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
23 Jun 2011 10:45AM
Wish I had it in my pf, Keith! Carol
Richsr 14 91 223 England
23 Jun 2011 10:57AM
Looks a good starting point to me, having tried and fail toget any thing close to this, keep going.
Regards Richard
Pegon 16 78 1 England
23 Jun 2011 11:17AM
Looks great to me Keith, I wish there was a few more in my neck of the woods.
Pete.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 11:35AM
UPDATE......Richard - this is also the entry level camera with NO image stabilisation.

Keith
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 11:59AM
Beautiful creature! Great pose, a very clear shot with a lovely subject! IB
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
23 Jun 2011 12:14PM
here's another one who wishes it was in their portfolio...nice one !!
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
23 Jun 2011 1:44PM
I've never seen one 'in the flesh', but understand from fellow Camera Club members how difficult it can be to find them and capture them, so very well done here, Keith Smile
Trev Smile
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 3:14PM
Well I think it looks great Keith, and whatever has been done in the Mod..go for that
as what a lot it has added to your already good shot ,
Would really like a Kingfisher shot
Lillian
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
23 Jun 2011 5:48PM

Quote:UPDATE......Richard - this is also the entry level camera with NO image stabilisation.

Keith



Image stabilisation for me Keith is an extra weetabix with my 800mm. Also remember IS on a tripod is no good. Steady hand and a remote a hell of a lot cheaper

I'm sure with dedication you'll get them when the sun comes out. Take a good book and sit it out on a good day, thats what I did for mine and a good flask.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 7:56PM
ON MOBILE....
Thanks everyone.......
B.T.W. this was almost hand held as the monopod is not a lot of help with the long lens.
only remote is wireless and activated from the front.....the flintstones had better gear than this...lol.
THANKS TO ALANC1 FOR THE AWARD...You know how much time and effirt went into this.
Hope to get a SHAG as well as the Puffins next week.
Keith.
moiral 11 12 Scotland
23 Jun 2011 9:52PM
I would love to see a kingfisher never mind photograph one. 2 lovely shots here. Moira
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:13PM
me too, I`d love to see one, you captured this one brilliantly..
bunSmile
24 Jun 2011 8:23AM
Wonderful capture - well done indeed !

Chris
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 9:13AM
Thanks again everyone.............sun's out....guess where I am off to soon.

keith

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