Kestrel


Photo Information
This Kestrel kept settling high in the tree as it's mate flew overhead calling.
14/04/2012 - 12:38davidrobinson
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/160
Aperturef/8
LensN/A
ISO125
Focal Length500mm
Views/Likes51/0

coker

Link Posted 14/04/2012 - 15:03
Lovely shot, David, & well focussed through all the twigs!
Was your set-up on a tripod?
Has your image had any/much PP applied?
What firmware do you have on the K7?
I ask because I'm really struggling to achieve this level of IQ with my (new) 150-500 on my K7.

Thanks,

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

Stuey

Link Posted 14/04/2012 - 20:56
Nice shot
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

My Flickr site link

davidrobinson

Link Posted 14/04/2012 - 23:13
coker wrote:
Lovely shot, David, & well focussed through all the twigs!
Was your set-up on a tripod?
Has your image had any/much PP applied?
What firmware do you have on the K7?
I ask because I'm really struggling to achieve this level of IQ with my (new) 150-500 on my K7.

Thanks,

Roger.

Hi Roger
This was hand held and came out well considering it was a spur of the moment shot. Little PP except for a big crop and some sharpening. I always shoot in RAW as it gives much better results especially if you over or under expose.
Light allowing I have camera mode set to TAv with auto ISO set to a MAX of around 1250. I find f8 is the sharpest for most shots with shutter speeds well above 160th second if possible. Remember to have Sigma lens SR set to position 1 or 2 if panning and have camera SR off.
Firmware is the latest available for K7
Regards David

caj26

Link Posted 15/04/2012 - 07:22
Thanks for shareing,great capture.
How heavy is the sigma 150-500 lens please?

davidrobinson

Link Posted 15/04/2012 - 11:04
caj26 wrote:
Thanks for shareing,great capture.
How heavy is the sigma 150-500 lens please?

Hi caj
The 150-500 is just under 2kg on its own and did seem very heavy to start with, however if you avoid carrying it directly from your neck its not too bad. I'm looking for a side/shoulder carrying system if possible. If you think the Sigma's heavy a friends Nikon D300 with hand-grip plus 300mm Nikon lens, plus 2 x converter all together weigh well over 5kg.
The Sigma used with care is brilliant as long as the light is fair to good, poor light causes noise which is difficult to get rid of.
Regards David

pianoman

Link Posted 15/04/2012 - 14:55
Well spotted David and love the shot great use of that lens which still is proving a challenge but I love it
All the best

David

davidrobinson

Link Posted 15/04/2012 - 22:48
pianoman wrote:
Well spotted David and love the shot great use of that lens which still is proving a challenge but I love it

Thanks for that the lens is certainly challenging but well worth it.
Regards David
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