The Hawk Conservancy Trust


Link Posted 02/08/2015 - 14:37
Had a fantastic day at this place the other week, well worth a visit, great day out! My Sigma 150-500 did ok but it didn't seem up to tracking the birds, which left me wanting more... Anyway, Here are a few images i managed to get. Enjoy


Barn owl by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Barn owl-3 by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Great Grey Owl-2 by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Hawk by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Owl by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Owl-3 by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Owl-2 by Paul Webster, on Flickr


Red Kite by Paul Webster, on Flickr
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Link Posted 02/08/2015 - 17:18
Superbly done, #2's excellent, I use a K5iis and found back button focussing works a treat, only tried it last year and my hit rate got 75% better, i.e keep your thumb on the AF button on the back of the camera whilst also your trigger finger on the shutter button.

Takes a little getting used to but may improve your hit rate.

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Link Posted 02/08/2015 - 23:29
Some pretty good shots all the same, the pose and look of pic 5 appeals to me.
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Link Posted 03/08/2015 - 00:43
2 and 4 for me - but they are all wonderful, whatever
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Link Posted 03/08/2015 - 14:07
You must've had a good day - I always struggle there...

well done
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Link Posted 04/08/2015 - 17:14
Thanks for the feedback guys Just left me wondering how the back af button makes a difference? What is it doing different? Not sure I understand :s
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Link Posted 04/08/2015 - 20:11
Great pics PJ. however I'm with you on the AF button use? Do you think anyone out there can enlighten us? To me it does the same as the half press on the shutter release?
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Link Posted 04/08/2015 - 20:51
Opening two images are really nice, but then again the set as a whole is lovely.

This is the same set up as mine. In the menu change the shutter release button to fire the shutter only and not half depress focus. Then just use the AF button on the rear to focus. Massively increases your hit rate and shooting/tracking is so much easier.
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Link Posted 06/08/2015 - 15:33
Well, went and had a go with back button focus today. Love it, I don't know what it is but it seems more responsive and somehow and just easier to get shots in focus. Get tip Chris, Cheers!
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Link Posted 07/08/2015 - 11:11
Another great set, and clearly the techniques have worked. The back button AF is one of those things we all should discover as soon as possible ... It seems so much more logical to divide the focusing, metering and capture actions.

Sometimes I have to put focusing back into the shutter button for someone else to use the K7, and when I use it again like that it just seems crazy to keep focusing and refocusing every time you need another frame.
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Link Posted 12/08/2015 - 22:41
Great shots and useful advice
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