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#2 (Pic 20) Takapu (wild-card)

Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm at 500mm, f6.7 ISO400 and 1/2000s

A lot of the time Takapu glide on the wind currents over the sea (and cliffs) which makes sense, as it uses up very little energy. So to get pics of them using their wings works out well.

At this stage of the expedition I'd moved up to 1/2000s shutter speeds, and the keeper-rate improved.


Edited by Wētāpunga - 17 February 2022 at 21:24
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2022 at 06:24
Beautiful photo of this hovering gannet. The richness and depth of the head colour and the underside of the wings surprises me, as I remember seeing both of those much lighter and less saturated.
Don't know whether that's you in PP, or whether it's a seasonal plumage thing?
Whatever, it's a great shot.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2022 at 07:04
That last takapu picture is very nice, although one detail caught my attention: that spot on the center bottom of the image. Is that a dustbunny? Time to clean the camera sensor?
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Thanks Joe- I think the colours reflect a few nudges. There is a bit of colour variation anyway, the yellows look deeper in brighter sun (I don't know what the weather was like when you visited Muriwai), and the a9's auto white balance seems a bit warmer than I expect. I might have to rely getting some grey card readings next time, to see how the bias works. It seems a bit more subtle than I can deal with quickly by sliding the WB back and forth.

And @Hezu, you are correct. I've had the camera for less than a week, and not given the sensor a proper clean. The trip to Muriwai was a bit hastier than I would have liked. I even left my spare battery at home on the charger...

There's a nasty dust bunny on the right edge I've already eliminated, but I missed that one at the bottom. I'll get it fixed and replace the image.
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Another terrific picture, with the wings in the perfect position. I'm always impressed by people who can take pictures of white birds against dark backgrounds and still not get the whites saturated!
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Bravo I wish! And thank you for sharing the settings comments, especially ref the sensitivity setting.
 



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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Another terrific picture, with the wings in the perfect position. I'm always impressed by people who can take pictures of white birds against dark backgrounds and still not get the whites saturated!


Thanks Anthony- haven't done much in the way of BIF in many years, so trying it all out again has been an interesting challenge.

what I mostly do is underexpose the shot a little bit, up the exposure in the Raw editor but push the highlight slider back down until the feather details are recovered. It seems easier now than when I was shooting with an a700 or a900. The dynamic range of the sensor is much improved.
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Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Bravo I wish! And thank you for sharing the settings comments, especially ref the sensitivity setting.


Thanks Brian, I kind of like the semi-blog format of this challenge, so adding in some thoughts seemed appropriate. Tracking sensitivity wasn't something I had to think about before, as most of my shots in the last few years have been landscapes. They don't jump around much. Even here with the earthquakes. Plus I manual focus a lot.

One of the YT videos I saw recommended a tracking sensitivity of 1 for sports, but 5 for flying birds. But all that happened at 5 is the camera kept jumping around with its focus, rather than track the bird I had in my sights. It might work if there was a flock of birds overhead and you just wanted to grab every opportunity you had to get the closest bird, but not here. All good to know for next time.
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Congratulations on getting photo #2 into the weekly gallery - well deserved.
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

Congratulations on getting photo #2 into the weekly gallery - well deserved.


Thanks Howard- I think getting that a9 was the smart move. It makes my telephoto lenses a lot more lively.
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Pic 3 (#21)

I thought this dead Pohutakawa on the beach at Long Bay would make for an interesting photo. I don't think I really captured its impact, but it means I can close out Week 7 with a combo scenic/creative shot.


Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 21/1.8 at f8
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Sorry for being a bit tardy commenting, too busy with all kind of other stuff (like helping our daughter renovate a house)

Wow on the Takapu, very nice shot with the bird perfectly exposed and separated from the background!

The B&W tree trunk is great natural sculpture!
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Week 8: 21 to 28 February

I left work again a bit earlier today, so I could get some time in at Muriwai. Nesting season is almost over and the majority of the chicks remaining have fledged.

I changed a few settings based on last week's trip. This time I cranked the aperture to f8, and set the Auto ISO to a minimum of 1/4000s. There's plenty of light so I felt I could take advantage of that with the settings.

In fact it was too bright and I shot with a -2 EV adjustment to prevent the white feathers blowing out. I also took a gray card with me to get a White Balance reading to adjust everything later.

#1 (Pic 24) We have company (Telephoto theme)

a9 with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm, ISO 250, 1/4000s and f8.
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Something about the tonality with the 21 loxia in B&W. I like it

Wow, A9! Concrats. Surely it makes light work of following birds in flight?
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