In order to satisfy my penchant for environment images and not just in your face portraits I decided to have a crack at this PKF taking off from his perch. The bird was +/- 30 paces away. There were two other togs seated next to me one with a new Nikon D800 and both with Nikkor 500mm f/4′s and they refused to take this shot as it was “too far away”… A 36MP Full Frame Camera and a R 60,000.00+ “Professional Lens”. Good Grief … and here I am with a DX Nikon D7000 16MP DSLR and (admittedly) a very sharp Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (effectively a 150mm-450mm) making it work for me, with some cropping. It’s not as pixel peeping crisp as it might be if I were sitting on the branch but it will print nicely and hang on my wall.
At least my image (below) will be unique online
Shot details: Nikon D7000 and Sigma 100-300mm F/4 EX IF HSM @280mm.
ISO-800 | f/8 | 1/5000s | EV -1.7 | Post Processing in part with Topaz Labs.
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!
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