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My Lame-o attempts at Avian Photography

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2011 by Jorge L Moro Viewed 10941 times

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Well I travelled down to the islands off the coast of Virginia. Man was the wind howling. If you live in the Northeast you know what I'm talking about. It was a regular blow of about 25-30mph, with some serious gusts to over 50mph ALL DAY LONG. I could not use my tripod. Period. Regardless of how steady the manufacturer claims it to be, I felt it would have been blown over with my expensive camera going along for the ride. I had travelled down there to shoot not only some “gallery” style images, but also stock. Looks like stock won out – as I was unable to really find anything terrific in the howling wind and cold. I'll head back down again before the tourist hordes ascend on the islands but for now, here is my lame attempt at bird photography.

Flight. Cropped. First of all I must say that I was going to pack my D300 body. That would have made my 70-300VR zoom, a 105mm - 450mm. Had I only known… But I was already packing two camera bags of gear with my D700, lenses, and my medium format gear so I left the D300 behind. Shame on me.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-33VR, handheld, 1/100th F6.3, ISO 200, cropped.

I will post the little bit of landscape shots, and some other stuff I shot at a later date as I'm still sorting images out.

Bald Eagle in Flight. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/250th sec, F6.3, ISO 200 handheld, cropped. Seriously cropped.

Landing Snow Geese on Assatague Island. That's the ocean way back in the background.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/1000 Sec F6.3, ISO 400 handheld in gale force wind. Cropped.

A Bird. LOL. Late afternoon light.
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-30)VR 1/320th sec, F6.3, ISO 400 handheld, no cropping

Late Afternoon Fisherman. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300VR, 1/200th sec, F6.3, ISO 400 handheld. Sun low in the background.
No crop

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    • # Elisabeth

      We had the wind here on the South Shore area of Boston, too . . .downright miserable being out in it. I like the golden hue and composition of shot 4.

      2011.02.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Stefan Fletcher

      Don't sweat it. In this kind of photography, unless you're really hooked, I think the capture is more fun than the result, and it looks like you had fun.

      2011.02.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kate

      Well you can call them lame...but beauty in in the eye of the beholder and I love #1...who knows about the technical arguments but for me it is the essence of a bird in flight

      2011.02.20 Edited Reply Cancel