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Thanks Pieter, totally understand about your slowdown in comments. It sounds like you were doing something far more important. Students are all back next week so I doubt I will have quite the same flexibility to photograph takapu for a while. But it's been good practice with the a9 and telephoto lens and I've got some shots I like.

Agree Maarten that the Loxia 21/2.8 is a verstaile lens that works well both in colour and black and white. It is one of the lenses I'm mostly likely to bring, well, anywhere.

I was hoping to pay less than $NZ 4000 for the used a9 (about 2200 Euros) but got one for 3000, with a grip. That's about 1800 Euros. I don't think I could have justified a more expensive, modern camera. I don't make a lot of sales with birds and wildlife, more with my landscapes. But having a second camera also makes events a little less worrying.

The a9 is very good at focusing on and tracking birds-in-flight. The lack of shutter blackout is key. With the a7Riii it was just noticeably slower to focus on a speeding takapu, and the shutter blackout meant you lost the bird every time you tried taking a shot.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
 



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Week 8: 21 to 28 February

For my second shot of Week 8, I've decided to use my 'third' wildcard, and post another Takapu photo. Here the bird has turned its head and there's a spray of droplets coming from its beak. Don't know if you will be able to see them at this size (they look a bit like sensor dust) but maybe you can...

#2 (pic 25)Better out then in (wild-card no. 3)

a9 with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm, exposure f8 & 1/4000s.
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Week 8: 21 to 28 February

For my second shot of Week 8, I've decided to use my 'third' wildcard, and post another Takapu photo. Here the bird has turned its head and there's a spray of droplets coming from its beak. Don't know if you will be able to see them at this size (they look a bit like sensor dust) but maybe you can...
Now that you mention that, I can see the drops. However, one thing that I don't see in this photo is the tip of bird's tail, which bothers me a bit...
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On my iPad I can pinch out the photo and see that detail - remarkable! The underside almost seems lit from below, which is an attractive feature of the plumage, I imagine.
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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Now that you mention that, I can see the drops. However, one thing that I don't see in this photo is the tip of bird's tail, which bothers me a bit...


Yeah, takapu really test my skill at keeping the birds in the frame. They're fast, and their speed keeps changing. Hit a good updraft by the cliffs and they slow down to float upward to gain height, get a good tail wind and they put on an extra spurt of speed. They like these cliffs because of the wind currents.

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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

On my iPad I can pinch out the photo and see that detail - remarkable! The underside almost seems lit from below, which is an attractive feature of the plumage, I imagine.


Thanks Howard, it was an interesting detail that became obvious when I had the photo blown up to 100% on my monitor.
I'm pretty pleased with what a camera from 2017 and a 'slow' 3rd party telephoto can achieve.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
 



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Week 8: 21 to 28 February

I'm still sticking to 'focus stacking' for my creative theme, and this is 28 photos of some gerberas.
#3 (Pic 26) Gerberas (creative theme)

a7Riii and Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, at ISO400, 1/125s and f8
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Week 9: 1-6 March

Lecturing resumed this week, and combined with the sweeping Omicron wave here, meant photography was harder work. The images here are not my most inspired.

#1 (Pic 27) Dozing takapu (telephoto-theme)

The bit that appealed here was the blue fleshy part of the eye, protecting the closed eye
Taken with Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500

#2 (Pic 28) Alien strolling (Black and white, creative theme)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 at f2.8

#3 (Pic 29) Fruit and Gerberas Still Life (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii and Sigma 70/2.8 macro

Edited by Wētāpunga - 08 March 2022 at 07:50
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 10: 7-13 March

This week I had hoped the clouds and sunset at Island Bay would make for a wonderful sunset. That didn't happen, so you get to see what I photographed instead.

#1 (Pic 30) Herald Island Wharf (Scenic theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2 lens, and Nisi 3-stop reverse grad.

#2 (Pic 31) Island Bay (Creative theme- Panorama)

a7Riii with Voigtlander 15/4

For this panorama shot I wanted to test out the functionality of the C21 panorama. I should have set up and calibrated a proper panorama head however. I had to crop away a lot of the image to the left hand side.

From the light conditions you can see I photographed this an hour before the shot above.

#3 (Pic 32) Takapu (Telephoto shot)

Nice crisp detail in this shot, taken with the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500. At 500mm of course...
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I like the wave patterns in the first photo; they give a quiet scene a gentle dynamism. Your takapu gannets are always a treat, and this is no exception. Is that beak really green, or is it the way the shadow works here?
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Week 11: 14-20 March

I have not quite fallen behind on the taking photos side of things, but finding time for processing is a challenge.

(Howard- the beak is just how the shadow works in the Week 10 shot. I used a gray card to get the WB right at the shoot)

My hope that last week would be a good week for seascapes started well. I drove out to Te Henga for the first time since the road had been closed due to washouts. The strong winds hinted at some good offshore swells. I was severely disappointed. The sea was calmer than I'd ever seen it before, and the low tide meant little action on the rocks. Didn't really capture anything that justified the trip.

#1 (Pic 33) O'Neil Bay in Black and White (Creative)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 50/2

#2 (Pic 34) Takapu (Telephoto)

a9 with Tamron 150-500mm

#3 (Pic 35) Waves (Scenic)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

Edited by Wētāpunga - 04 April 2022 at 09:27
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 12: 21-27 March

Still trying to find time to process a bunch of photos!, so to keep things moving I'll add some archive shots.

#1 (Pic 36) Miao Bride from near Hekeu, Yunnan(2008) - wild card 4

a700 and CZ16-80. Back then this was a potent combination. I regard the CZ16-80 as one of my all time favourite travel lenses.

I was in China at this time doing some field research on tiger-part smuggling. Hekeu was a small Chinese town on the border with Vietnam. We passed through this Miao village during the wedding and stopped. I managed to persuade the bride to pose for a pic.

#2 (Pic 37) Takapu (telephoto theme)

a9 with TAmron 150-500

#3 (Pic 38) Tamron 15-500mm (stacked photo, creative theme)

a9 with Sigma 70/2.8 at f8

Edited by Wētāpunga - 05 April 2022 at 05:34
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 13: 28 March to 3 April

Last week I went to Maungauika to get some pics and now, am actually processing them.

#1 (Pic 39) Karoro (Telephoto Theme)

This was a snapshot taken of the gull (karoro) as it flew overhead with the a7Riii and Zeiss Batis 125/2.8. I was surprised I got it in one attempt!

#2 (pic 40) Waves on Rocks (Creative Theme- Long Exposure)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 50/2, Nisi 10-stop filter to slow the shutter to 1 sec

#3 (Pic 41) Sunset (Scenic Theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 and Nisi 3 stop reverse grad.

Again, not a very inspiring series of shots for this week, but I got to see some nice scenery.



Edited by Wētāpunga - 10 April 2022 at 06:39
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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