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      01-13-2012, 12:19 PM   #5941
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What doesn't help is that this reflex does not have a hard infinity focus stop.

I'll try zooming in live view when it's mounted to the meade and see if it helps dial in a good focus.
fingers crossed for you.

how do you like the reflex lens otherwise?
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      01-13-2012, 12:54 PM   #5943
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nice shooting as usual Tim
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      01-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #5944
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The reflex lens I was using is stuck at f/8 and is manual focus.

The shot was handheld, I will be putting it on a tripod next.

I didn't know you could do digital zoom in live view, thanks for the tip.
Remember, the moon is very bright and it's easy to shoot hand held at focal lenths as short a 500mm (the Meade is another matter). Shooting at f/5.6 with my hand held 500mm, the shot I put up was at 1/1000-sec. That and the Image Stabilization makes it a breeze to hand hold.

If you overexpose, which is very likely, you'll wash out all kinds of highlight details. If you want to use Av mode, set the EV at -1EV, turn on the blinkie highlight warnings in your preview screen and adjust from there (up or down). You want as high an EV as you can get without the highlight warnings going off.

Remember, you've got tons of time, so do critical focus. Remember, increasing your DOF by shooting at f/8 isn't going to matter one bit when you subject is over 200,000 miles away. An open aperture puts the most pixels on the subject.

Critical focus is a must. I used AF in my shot, but if you're having trouble, switch to MF and use the optical VF to fine tune focus. If the sky is dark and you don't use a tripod, this can be very hard to do, because finding the moon against the black can be hard. On a tripod, first aim at the moon with AF on, turn to MF and fine tune with 10x live view (or whatever Nikon calls it) instead of the optical VF.

Low smog and 30-degrees or more above the horizon will yield the sharpest results.

Looking forward to more astro shots...

So, get the exposure and focus right, in post you can add a ton of Contrast. Consider going to B&W, particularly if you don't have a blue sky. Blow it up over 100% the pull the level down as you observe details. Stop pulling the level down when details peak.

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      01-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #5945
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Tim, I love the weather and the geometric balance in the composition.
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nice shot Tim! Glad you went with B&W in that photo.
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TL, that's a great shot!

A shot from today. Anyone know birds and can help with ID of this guy?


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      01-13-2012, 03:37 PM   #5948
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TL, that's a great shot!

A shot from today. Anyone know birds and can help with ID of this guy?
Very nice Mattt.

Assuming that's a relatively small hawk, I'm guessing it's a sharp-skinned hawk. If you have some other views, might go to Cornell's AllAboutBirds.org to see if you can compare to other similar birds. Also, searches on Flickr can be very helpful.

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      01-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #5949
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TL, that's a great shot!

A shot from today. Anyone know birds and can help with ID of this guy?
Very nice Mattt.

Assuming that's a relatively small hawk, I'm guessing it's a sharp-skinned hawk. If you have some other views, might go to Cornell's AllAboutBirds.org to see if you can compare to other similar birds. Also, searches on Flickr can be very helpful.

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Thanks, Dave! Someone else mentioned the possibility of a cooper's hawk. I'll look into it further.
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      01-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #5950
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I love it Josh. She has great eyes that you capture well, with a BG that flatters her colors.

The only fault I see is that stray, direct light cutting across her right arm and blouse. If you'd noticed that, I would have been easy to block off. If you cloned it off her arm, then most people wouldn't notice it on her blouse, I suspect.

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That's good news, and i have to say that's one of my favorite shots of yours.

but like DC said, perhaps just drop the exposure a tiny bit on her arm or something and it would be "Perfect"

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      01-13-2012, 04:31 PM   #5951
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very nice
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great shot as well Matt.
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      01-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #5953
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Nice fix Josh. I'd love to see more of her...
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      01-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #5955
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nice shooting as usual Tim
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Tim, I love the weather and the geometric balance in the composition.
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nice shot Tim! Glad you went with B&W in that photo.
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TL, that's a great shot!
thanks guys
I original wanted the cliche women with umbrella in the rain, B&W on the Brooklyn Bridge but couldn't wait too long as I had a lunch meeting. So I quickly snap that one and ran back to the subway.
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thanks guys
I original wanted the cliche women with umbrella in the rain, B&W on the Brooklyn Bridge but couldn't wait too long as I had a lunch meeting. So I quickly snap that one and ran back to the subway.
there will be other days
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Matt - nice shot of the hawk but why is it missing a leg

Josh - nice shot, the warm tones works with the model and background
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Matt - nice shot of the hawk but why is it missing a leg

Josh - nice shot, the warm tones works with the model and background
Haha, I'm not sure why it's standing on one leg. I have other images showing both legs. I guess it was showing off for the camera.

It was funny how I ran into this guy, though. I went down to the Pittsburgh National Aviary today to take some photos and see the birds. Well, I toured around and was finishing up for the day. Just outside the front doors is a small garden area with a few feeders where a few smaller birds were feeding. As I walked outside, this hawk swooped down straight for the feeder and all the birds scattered in a hurry! I figured he was just being territorial, but it turns out both the cooper and the sharpie frequent bird feeders, not for the seed, but for the birds that are feeding there.

I quickly got my camera up and snapped a few shots while he perched on the wall for about a minute or two. Who would have thought my favorite shot from the day would be taken outside the aviary?
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A shot from inside the aviary:


Inca Tern by mkrepp, on Flickr

I'm terrible at panning! Definitely need some practice. I like the picture either way, though.
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A shot from inside the aviary:...

I'm terrible at panning! Definitely need some practice. I like the picture either way, though.
Good focus, exposure and about the right shutter speed. I wouldn't pan that one, focus on the hand holding the food up and, use around f/8 or f/11 to get some DOF, and try to move around where you have the bird coming toward you and then shoot. This is where shooting 8-fps is a huge help. You might keep both eyes open so that you can see the bird approaching.

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