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Old June 22nd, 2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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Pied Kingfisher hovering, EX3, slow motion

Hi all,

Here is a short clip of a Pied Kingfisher I shot in Israel last month. 720 25p, 60 fps, -3 gain, 180 degrees Shutter Speed, stock lens, Nikon 200-400 G VR, Nikon 600 ED f5.6. The Nikon lenses were mounted on the EX3 using Mike Tapa's adaptors. Mounts and Adaptors
Looks much nicer on my Mac.

Critique/comments/suggestions are very welcome.

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Old June 22nd, 2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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Beautiful and really impressive, a feat with a 600 mm.

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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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Vary nice, Vary nice.

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Old June 23rd, 2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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you are one hell of a great bird photographer ! cant imagine how many hrs you have to wait to get your shots.
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 05:25 PM   #5
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Lovely study Ofer and a pleasure to watch, thank you.

Your flight shot of the the bee-eater is marvellous ... after hundreds of attempts here's one of my better ones
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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cant imagine how many hrs you have to wait to get your shots.

Thanks for the kind words guys!
John, it took me 2x3 hours session/day for 4 days to get these shots. The hardest part is to find the birds in the viewfinder.

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Old June 24th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #7
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Hi Ofer


You don't use a red/green point finder with the long lens?

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Old June 24th, 2009, 02:52 AM   #8
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You don't use a red/green point finder with the long lens?

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Hi Gilles, no I haven't trid this yet. The thing is that with BIF you don't have time to move your eye from this device to the viewfinder as you will lose the bird. Doing it the way I do you don't move your eye off the viewfinder.
For static shots I am sure the finder should be great.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 03:46 AM   #9
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The next week in Spain i try the "Vuzix AV920" and the red point in place of the viewfinder. You can see "red point" above the "iglass" and you dont have to go from the RP to the viewfinder.

Results in ten days.

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Old June 24th, 2009, 05:11 AM   #10
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The next week in Spain i try the "Vuzix AV920" and the red point in place of the viewfinder. You can see "red point" above the "iglass" and you dont have to go from the RP to the viewfinder.

Results in ten days.

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Thaat's great Gilles! Looking forward to see your report.

Thanks mate,
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Old June 24th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #11
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Thatís a really interesting idea Gilles. Iím also looking forward to hearing about your experiences with it in the field.

Ofer- Iíve never used the green laser with flying birds but I have used a red one with goat-suckers at night with some success. The problem during the daytime is seeing the laser dot against the bright sky. When the target is against a dark enough background I donít usually have to lift my eye from the viewfinder to reacquire it. I just use my free eye to steer the dot. I only have to look up when Iíve completely lost the bird. Once Iíve found it Iím steering with the laser at the same time Iím looking back to the viewfinder. It saves a bit of time. Hope that helps. For BIF Iím using one of those finders that project a red dot on to a reticle. I mount it right above the viewfinder and, even so, I have to move my eye back and forth. Itís a pain.

I should have told you both long ago how much Iím enjoying your posts. Great work guys!
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Thatís a really interesting idea Gilles. Iím also looking forward to hearing about your experiences with it in the field.

Ofer- Iíve never used the green laser with flying birds but I have used a red one with goat-suckers at night with some success. The problem during the daytime is seeing the laser dot against the bright sky. When the target is against a dark enough background I donít usually have to lift my eye from the viewfinder to reacquire it. I just use my free eye to steer the dot. I only have to look up when Iíve completely lost the bird. Once Iíve found it Iím steering with the laser at the same time Iím looking back to the viewfinder. It saves a bit of time. Hope that helps. For BIF Iím using one of those finders that project a red dot on to a reticle. I mount it right above the viewfinder and, even so, I have to move my eye back and forth. Itís a pain.

I should have told you both long ago how much Iím enjoying your posts. Great work guys!
Thanks for the input and kind words Mike!
I have tried to get the green laser but it was intercepted by the Australian custom as it is illegal to use it in here. I am happy with my technique though - it works for me just fine.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #13
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I just love this!
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Old July 16th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #14
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Ofer, that was incredable footage. How did you ever manage to hold steady on their heads for so long? Just outstanding. Bob
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Old July 17th, 2009, 02:08 AM   #15
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Ofer, that was incredable footage. How did you ever manage to hold steady on their heads for so long? Just outstanding. Bob
Thanks for the kind words guys!

Bob, the first thing you have to do in order to get this kind of shot is obviousely get the object in the frame....(-:
Please refer to my thread "Finding the object in the frame" or something like that from a few months ago. I still feel that my technique is working and I use it all the time with great success.
The other important factor in keeping the shot steady is using a rubber band rather than touching the fluid head's handle. This is especially true when working with ultra long lenses and a static subject. (the bird in this clip is reasonably static).
The last thing is that when shooting in slow motion, even if you only manage to get the bird in the frame for 4-5 seconds you end up with a nice 8-10 second clip....(-:
Hope that helps,

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