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   Old Thread  #2438 1 May 2020 at 4.23pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A question for those with some experience with super tele lenses, how long can you go before atmospherics destroy image quality?
I'm thinking of getting a used 150-600 in Canon mount as I have an adaptor and a speedbooster, but since the pylon the peregrines use is around 100m to the lower tier from my garden, I'm not sure it's gonna be possible to get anything decent at 1000-1200mm equivalent.
Even without the lock down there isn't really a better vantage point, I can get higher but further away, or closer, but beneath them. Short of feeding the pigeons and setting up a hide to try and tempt them I can see a lot of fruitless hours trying to get a shot
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   Old Thread  #2437 27 Apr 2020 at 4.52pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2436 27 Apr 2020 at 4.03pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It certainly looks like one to me mate. We had a bird keeper in the village where I grew up and me and my brother used to help her as kids. She had several peregrines.
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   Old Thread  #2435 27 Apr 2020 at 3.59pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think so but I'm not great on identifying birds. The speed of thing once it took off I had no chance of finding it with the long lens.

The last couple of years they've been a regular sight when I have my morning coffee through May and June, never bothered to shoot them before as they stay out of range for a decent shot. Last year there were regularly 4 birds up the pylon, the year before 3, I think it must be a favourite spot of a breeding pair to teach the fledglings
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   Old Thread  #2434 27 Apr 2020 at 3.55pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that a Peregrine Dave??
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   Old Thread  #2433 27 Apr 2020 at 3.45pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Held the box off to one side to try and add interest, still not that happy with it but highlights are under control
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Excuse the poor quality (soft lens, 600mm equivalent handheld + very heavy crop), looking for an ID confirmation on this raptor
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I had the camera trained on it for over an hour hoping it would take off towards me, typically it decided to move the moment I'd lowered the camera to get some blood back in my arms
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   Old Thread  #2432 25 Apr 2020 at 2.05pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That rig looks more manageable

I'm gonna have a tweak of the softbox, because of the closer worker distance I have I'm getting nice diffused light but at quite a high angle. So I'm gonna either try and make a notch for the lens to sit in or extend the front to serve the same purpose, and maybe make a gap in the diffusion to let a bit through more directly, it seems a bit too flat now.

My daughter has permission from the boss to put some blue dye in her hair, so I'll be doing some portraits. Now, given my aversion to editing, can I make the blue really pop by using gels and tweaking the white balance? I'll probably use a warming gel on her face given her pale skin, and I don't think lifting the blue channel in light room will do her any favours there
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   Old Thread  #2431 24 Apr 2020 at 3.40pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Getting there with the diffusion. Found a great styrene film bag, that a monitor came wrapped in, for the end of the snoot and now have a bit of plastic milk carton elastic-ed over the end of the lens.

Gone back to the 5D as well, the weight of the 1D was just too much, half a kilo difference!
The AF is faster and more accurate. Sod the frame rate.



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   Old Thread  #2430 24 Apr 2020 at 10.45am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
And typically the day I don't bring my camera I've got an exhausted bee taking sugar water from a fake flower
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   Old Thread  #2429 24 Apr 2020 at 9.05am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think I saw the original on Instagram, either a photography page or some # that popped up, really simple to do but I thought it looked great and worked out how to do it straight away you could easily do it with a phone camera and a lamp if you can set the white balance manually, although I've used a camera and a flash with an orange gel

Might have a go a bit wider and throw some blue into the 'sky'

Was trying to do something similar but with star trails in the garden, using a granite worktop and buckets and bottles to make the horizon and hide the ugly views I've got to the north, but even in the small hours there's to many lights from the neighbours

Thinking about it, I might be able to use my tempest brolly as a light shield
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   Old Thread  #2428 24 Apr 2020 at 8.59am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice indeed - magazine inspired?
I buy the occasional one for long journeys and they are full cool ideas like this.
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   Old Thread  #2427 24 Apr 2020 at 6.46am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It is but with a large dose of plagiarism
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   Old Thread  #2426 24 Apr 2020 at 6.40am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that one of your own mate?

I was going to say cracking shot that but I guess itís more like a piece of art work, brilliant
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   Old Thread  #2425 23 Apr 2020 at 7.48pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I miss sunsets over water
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   Old Thread  #2424 22 Apr 2020 at 5.57pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How great would this have been a billionth of a second later

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