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05/24/2002 07:52:12 AM · #51
That photo was made with an SLR digital camera.. it does make a difference for sure...

I liked that photo also but I didn't think it met the challenge topic very well... I scored it a 7....


05/24/2002 07:57:07 AM · #52
I have a decent film camera setup and the one thing I get so frustrated with on my digicam is the limited optical zoom and its slow response on action shots.

I really miss being able to use a 300mm shot at 1/2000th shutter :-(

I think that is also why we see a lot of macro shots in challenges here. If I feel limitied I can imagine what folks with even more limitations on their cameras feel like.
05/24/2002 09:32:27 AM · #53
Originally posted by hokie:
I think that is also why we see a lot of macro shots in challenges here. If I feel limitied I can imagine what folks with even more limitations on their cameras feel like.

It's the opposite for me. I shoot a lot of macros partially because my camera is really good at macros and partially because I love macros. In fact, the quality of the macros was one reason I was interested in this particular camera. I don't own any separate lenses and don't miss them more than occasionally. That said, I am looking forward to getting much more built-in zoom (I currently have 2.5X.) when I buy my next camera in a few years.

05/24/2002 09:53:21 AM · #54
Amphian...I had really considered the Nikon 995 for its macro ability when looking for a digicam.

I also own Nikon film equipment and liked the brand.

I really like the Nikon D100 but I just can't justify the big bucks for my amount of use. Heck..I dont think I have spent more than $2,000 on camera gear (minus film and developing) in 20 years of shooting pictures and it's hard to spend that on one camera no matter how nice the features :-)

I would love to see a 6 megapixel Digital SLR kit below $1,000 which I think we will see in about a year or so.
05/24/2002 11:18:14 AM · #55
Originally posted by hokie:
That sideways bird shot is awesome and I am envious.

I didn't think that was the best display of upside down so I held back on a 10 but I gave it a 9.

I am also wondering if that shot is possible with a regular digicam or if you need at least an slr with a decent telephoto to get that shot?



I think the real problem in getting this shot with a "regular" Digicam would be shutter lag. The D1 has paritcularly fast responses when you hit the shutter - almost as fast as a film SLR. It also has a fast "motor drive". I was shooting burst of 3 - 4 shots on each swoop. Typically I'd get one shot with the bird fully in the frame per run. I don't know how fast falcons fly at but somebody told me they peak at around 120mph.

Focal length on the shot was record at 98mm (equivalent to 150mm on 35mm) - it was cropped out of the centre.

05/24/2002 12:41:51 PM · #56
Originally posted by Jonniboy:



I think the real problem in getting this shot with a "regular" Digicam would be shutter lag. The D1 has paritcularly fast responses when you hit the shutter - almost as fast as a film SLR. It also has a fast "motor drive". I was shooting burst of 3 - 4 shots on each swoop. Typically I'd get one shot with the bird fully in the frame per run. I don't know how fast falcons fly at but somebody told me they peak at around 120mph.


I've found my Olympus to have a particularly long shutter lag -- I've had to try and anticipate the shot and "lead" my target. I've managed to get shots of Eagles and a Seagull, but look forward to a new camera soon...probably 2 years when the new chips are in use.

I think that top speed for peregrine falcons is when in a full power dive; my guess is they probably do about 80 (still faster than my car) in the horizontal plane.
05/24/2002 12:57:05 PM · #57
Action shot tip:

Something that may assist with your action shots. If your limited to auto-focus as I am give this a try. Pick your point where your going to shoot your shot, if your at a sporting event this is easier than say the bird shot. Perform a focus lock (half shutter for me) at the point of where your going to shoot. Continue to hold your lock until your object is in the frame then click away. The camera doesnt need to focus when you click, there should be a minimal delay in your click to photo time.

If you have apeture controls (I dont) adjust them ahead of time to give a deeper depth of field if you think your going to need it.

Go out and give it a try, let me know if it helps you. Its worked for me and I have suggested to a few people but nobody with different cameras.


* This message has been edited by the author on 5/24/2002 12:58:01 PM.
05/24/2002 03:08:58 PM · #58
Originally posted by eddy:
[i]Action shot tip:

Almost covered it: Be aware that half clicking the shutter usually holds both the focus and the exposure. When pointing to an alternate subject to obtain focus lock, the alternate subject needs similar lighting as well.
05/24/2002 03:39:30 PM · #59
Yeah that too.

I was doing this with indoor shots using a flash so exposure was ok. I guess outdoors you could run into the potential problem of that so you may want to adjust your EV settings accordingly.



05/25/2002 07:51:33 AM · #60
Was that a trained bird?

Originally posted by Jonniboy:
OK, as the person responsible for the "Sideways Bird" picture I feel I should pitch in here.


05/26/2002 04:25:04 PM · #61
Originally posted by magnetic9999:
Was that a trained bird?

Originally posted by Jonniboy:
[i]OK, as the person responsible for the "Sideways Bird" picture I feel I should pitch in here.


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Yes it's a bird trained for hunting. The real giveaway is if you look at the feet - you can see the leather straps (I think they are called "jesses") that the falconer uses to hold the bird.
This was a display of training by flying the bird with a lure - the falconer swings a pirece of cord with prey at the end and the falcon attempts to catch it.
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