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VTOL - Vertical take-off and landing
VTOL - Vertical take-off and landing
HarveyG


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Mabula Game Reserve, Waterberg, Limpopo, RSA
Date: Jul 24, 2012
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2012

VTOL It appears like the bird is hovering.
African Spoonbill in the wild, a 3.5 hour round trip drive. The light was perfect for winter. Golden hour +1. A high angle location with water in the BG. The bird was coming in to land in the water to start feeding. Hand held single shot. Underexposed at time of shooting by -2.0 EV despite 8am. Increased saturation slightly. Cloned out some specs in the water. Cropped to allow space for the bird to fly into which naturally makes the bird a tad smaller in the frame. Sharpened. SFW.

This image is copyrighted 2012 by Harvey Grohmann. Publication is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com

[Aug. 7th, 2012 03:22:33 AM]
In response to a forum Q: Technical difficulty when shooting single shot? Pretty darn high. I am not a burst, choose 1 from 15 duds photographer.

[Aug. 7th, 2012 01:31:57 PM]
An 8, 9, 10 and then a 2 lol.

Votes: 100
Views: 190
Avg Vote: 6.6400
Comments: 6

Some fabulous shots in this FS, one of the best I've taken part in in a long time, especially the 'natural looking' landscapes. Thank you commentators for the 8.2x Average and to all the other voters, Merci Beaucoup! Very pleased. To the trolls 'fess up and let's see your work this round?

Out takes this trip. Do you think the 1st one below was better than the one I submitted?
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Statistics
Place: 17 out of 259
Avg (all users): 6.7788
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.8202
Avg (non-participants): 6.6250
Views since voting: 883
Views during voting: 211
Votes: 113
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/08/2013 12:40:43 AM
Originally posted by Ja-9:

1) fabulous picture...I really think this should have scored much higher...thanks! as did I!

2) I have a 70-300mm Nikon...it seems slow and I don't achieve the clarity/sharpness that I would really like to have. Occasionally I'll get the good sharp one but over all I feel that they are just "soft" in the focus ...I have a Sigma 75-300mm and it's super crisp clear but also slow. I prefocus or select only one Focus Point, place it to the left or right third of the viewfinder and try keep it on the Bird as it's flying, very tricky. Also use f/8 or thereabouts (sharpest results) but shoot in Shutter Priority and broad daylight only. In golden hour drop it to the lowest f/stop (that is largest diameter) you can for the available light irrespective of ISO and switch off VR. Try and achieve a Shutter Speed of about double the focal length for that lens. So if shooting at 300mm your s/s should be minimum "1/600" or more if it exists. I shoot those lenses at 1/2000 or more to achieve clarity, sharpness.

3) of your lens' which one is your favourite/go to...why The Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG APO HSM. It is super sharp at all Focal Lengths and a fixed aperture so Manual or Semi Auto exposures are easy to maintain (the s/s and the aperture remain where you set them 9/10 times) and I know the lens is fabulous from f/4 to f/16. Being sharp wide open (f/4) is critical for bird in flight especially in low light and at all focal lengths and you only get that in prime (or fixed aperture zoom) lenses (not all all mind you, some are duds). If you can get a 2nd hand one buy it (+/- $1000 USD). No longer made by Sigma. They replaced it with a 120-300mm f2.8 OS but it's an unreasonable $3200-00 USD new.

4) best price point??? Hunt e-Bay for a 2nd hand one from a respectable seller. About $1000 USD or sometimes a little less. But they are scarce because they are so good. The Nikkor 200-400mm is also excellent but pricier. All of them are full frame lenses so tripods, bean bags, or gimbals for a girl are a must have. I generally shoot mine hand held but only for seconds at a time as the action happens.

I would really value your opinion


Message edited by author 2013-02-08 12:35:59.
02/07/2013 12:56:59 PM
sigh...just lost my note...

1) fabulous picture...I really think this should have scored much higher...

2) I have a 70-300mm Nikon...it seems slow and I don't achieve the clarity/sharpness that I would really like to have. Occasionally I'll get the good sharp one but over all I feel that they are just "soft" in the focus

3) of your lens' which one is your favorite/go to...why

4) best price point???

I would really value your opinion
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09/05/2012 07:11:17 AM
Wow Harvey. Great shot and pin sharp. Love this
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08/29/2012 05:20:20 AM
Missed this one (rarely browse through a whole FS). Definitely ribbon worthy.
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08/08/2012 05:01:01 PM
You got a 7 from me, too. And indeed - who would give such a shot a 2? Somebody not at all serious about the game!

And I think you made the right choice.
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08/08/2012 10:35:42 AM
I had this pegged for top 5. Still a solid finish though.

I like your entry better than your outtake which is also very good. The one you entered has a very interesting pose.
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08/08/2012 08:15:59 AM
Congrats on a great image (actually a great set of images!). I figured this would be at least top 10.
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08/08/2012 07:01:40 AM
fantastic capture
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08/08/2012 04:29:53 AM
very suprised this did not place higher - I marginally prefer this one to your out take but have to say both are stunning captures.
Thankyou for the information - as one trying to learn, I am very grateful.
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08/08/2012 03:48:35 AM
Thought this would be top ten
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08/08/2012 02:48:20 AM
I thought the elephants might have been yours, I gave this an 8 it's nice capture but the colours are a little muted which would have seen it score higher.

FYI I don't care if you spray'd and prayed or used a motion sensors or a robot it's about the final picture. There's no point going on about how technically difficult it was to Shoot with a zoom as we don't know that during voting. It's the picture we vote on, I submitted a nude it got about 5.6 not even looked I know dpc is far to conservative for nudes anymore now most the pro togs have gone but I'll keep plugging away at it here trying to bring a few rd to voting on the photos merits not on the subject.
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08/08/2012 02:26:08 AM
Nice Harvey! Only one behind Rian :-)
Great handheld single shot capture and well processed too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2012 11:13:24 PM
What a position! Awkward and graceful at the same time. Lovely light and detail. One of my top five. Voted earlier.
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08/07/2012 11:06:01 PM
olympically speaking.... I think this would score very high. quite remarkable, in any event.
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08/07/2012 10:26:33 PM
Unusual and interesting pose, very nice sharpness. I like!
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08/07/2012 03:05:49 AM
Oh, wow! Great capture, beautiful shot.
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08/05/2012 10:21:17 PM
Wow.
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08/02/2012 08:42:19 AM
So incrediable
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08/01/2012 10:28:23 PM
What a fantastic catch. Incredible sharpness and detail.
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08/01/2012 05:31:15 PM
WoW what an ace capture of this SpoonBill - fabulous DOF and POV - I am green with envy.
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08/01/2012 11:24:30 AM
What a cracker of a shot,has to be in the top five.
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