Published: Wednesday 6th of April 2005 12:05:54 AM
Appreciate all your feedback, HOWARD: Thanks. It really is a hit and miss ordeal in terms of getting the pose. The EV was plenty for hand-holding we all can easily achieve this. STEPHEN: Always value your elaboration. STEVE: Very appreciative of your comment. JAYME: Thanks for the meaningful analysis, Jayme. CHIRSTOPHER: Really appreciate your feedback, especially from one who frequent the genre with consistant success. What are you anyway, a zoologist? ^_^ Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! KIM: It does for me too. Glad you like it. MARINA: Thanks. Some stunning bird images from you as well by the way. DAVID: Appreciate it much, David. Your recent work is admirable as well. REINER: Thanks for your comment as always. JOS: Very well analyzed! ALEX: Thanks. I agree. AMAL: Thanks for your visit. PETE: Just for that 1/1000 of a second, it actually did. ^_^ ALEXANDRA: Thanks. Neither had the gull. VIP: Thank you much for your visit. MURAT: Thanks, Murat. JANET: Glad you like it. ANDREA: Always appreciate your visit. ADA: This is actually an Origami, an ancient Japanese folding paper art. ^_^ IGOR: Thank you sir! Wilson ^_^
Jos Van Poederooyen
Hi Wilson I like the split sky too, it adds a lot to the shot. These are tuff to get sometimes because on a fine day the seagulls head is prone to get blown out, this one worked out wonderfully. Cheers!
The most successful wildlife shots are the one's that give a hint of the animal's character, and here, the position of the wings does that wonderfully. I do get the impression of hovering on the wind, but the sharp areodynamics of the right wing also provides a hint of the possible speed the bird is capable of... ...oh, and pretty damn sharp too...
Wonderfully sharp, the sharpest of any I've seen posted in the past year - and handheld! Here's a bit of trivia for you, too - that red dot on the beak? The chicks of the herring gull use that as stimulus for feeding. They peck at it to get food.
Wowwwwww! Wilson, you out did yourself. Read your technical comments and am impressed. Hand held, amazing.
"Suspended" in flight forever. Love the detail and the background makes for a 3D effect in my eyes.
Smashing. I am almost breathless, such a great shot.
Beautiful capture. The background makes this shot that much more impressive.
the title is true, I can witness, what a picture!
Wilson its a Great Picture! 7/7 DK.
CR: Now Wilson introduced his ace into the great game of gull's photography ... RE
Magnificent! What a shot, Wilson. All the details are unbelievable sharp. Can't imagine how you have managed this. The wings of the bird looks as if they are made of rice paper. It's fantastic!
fantastic,never saw something like that
Hi Wilson, 7 for Aesthetics as framing, colour, D.O.F, Sharpness are all perfect for me. 6 for Originality as you are not the first to present this style of photo. Mind you, yours IS the best I have seen in a while. Well done.
Jayme Hall - Bardstown, KY
Wilson- captured at just the right spit second. The positioning of the wings could not be better if you were able to set this up. The gray tones of the bird are so aesthetically pleasing with the blue sky and clouds. Super crop.
Perfect shot Wilson!
Hi Wilson It looks as if he is conducting an orchestra :-D
Beautifully sharp. Do you think the 80-200 range on the D70 (or my Canon 300D) is OK for bird and wildlife shots? I'm thinking about getting something in that range but can't decie whether I should go for a 200 or 300 max focal length.
Excellent shot!!! I have tried this a hundred times so I know that it isn't easy to capture bird in such beautiful position.
Wilson, truly remarkable! Best viewed larger and really the seagulls must be very tame for you to shoot them so close. Now I'm glad got the Nikon AF 80-200 2.8 ED too! For Colin I will like to say that this lens is excellent for good clean shots and shallower DOF. But for nature close-ups you'll need longer lens like 400mm or 500mm to make an impact even if there's a 1.5 X magnification on the D70 CCD.
Wilson - no! I'm not a zoologist...just an editor (text and photo) who wonders about weird things when he encounters them and looks them up like a neurotic freak:)
You nailed this one Wilson. Nothing much to say that hasn't been already.
Alec, Extention tube on 80-200, or even on 18-70 works fine without deterioration to image quality, but the down side is the lost of light, therefore reduced hand-hold ability, but hey, if you mount it on a tripod, it's all good. Just checked out your dragonfly shot and well, there you go. 80-200 2.8 + tube + tripod = excellent result. As for teleconverter, I understand that the Nikon's own TCs work very well on 80-200 2.8 varieties as well as on 300 2.8, but you loose AF. The ultimate Nikon set up is probably the AFS lenses (70-200 2.8, 300 2.8, etc.) and get the matching AFS TCs. However, poor old me make do with a Kenko Pro 300 2x teleconverter which AF ok with previous Nikon AF film bodies as well as D70 with not too much degradation in image quality. One note with the third party TC, I don't think it communicates distance info so matrix meter doesn't work. I resort to centerweight when using TC. ^_^
Thanks, COLIN: I feel that Canon IS 70-200 2.8 is so versatile since you can add a matched 1.4x or 2x AF teleconverter. I would go that route if I can only have one long lens regardless if it's a zoom or a fix. Of course some might prefer a 100-400 IS which I feel is a good way to go, too (but I prefer the 2.8 for times when I want shallow d.o.f.) If you already have a 70-200 zoom, then there are many nice choices for addition depending on what and how you shoot. 400 5.6 for hand-holding bird in flight, or go with an EF 500 f4 for really small birds (somebody please wake me up from my dream . . . ) CHRIS: Ahhh. A walking, breathing search engine. ^_^ ALEC: Thanks, Alec. Seagulls are pretty tame around here, (unfortunately so are the Seahawks, Seattle football team.) I was following it with AF-C, multi-point, zooming in and out, and once returned home, EXIF file shows that I took it at 164mm. Definitely a great piece of glass. As for the nature close-ups, I think the Nikkor 105 2.8, 200 f4, or the 70-180 4.5-5.6 macros are better choices than the longer telephotos due to much, much shorter minimum focusing distance. PHONG: Thanks for your feedback! ^_^
Teleconverters. Thanks Wilson, I guess I have to experiment and try Kenko and Nikon TC. Strange the Nikon 1.4, 1.7 and 2X TC all are listed with same prices.
Wilson, then what about using extension tubes on the 80-200? You find it a hassle since it's longer and heavier? As there are no lens on the tubes the quality should similar? You mentioned adding a matched 1.4x or 2x AF teleconverter on longer lens. Will it provide satisfactory results for the Nikon 80-200 AF ED 2.8?
Alec, Oi, take extra care when choosing TC for your Nikkors, Alec, especially when you said they all listed as the same price. Many, many versions of Nikon TCs have been produced, but the one that works best for 80-200 2.8 is probably the TC-14B (1.4x, manual focus only) or the new TC-14E (1.4x for AFS lenses, AF with AFS lenses, with "inside tab" removed it can mate with non-AFS lense, but manual focus only.) More detail here. Best to try out the TCs with your equipment in person, or buy at an outlet with more liberal return policy so that you make darn sure the combination works. Meanwhile, if you're doing macros, I think you are already very successful with the 80-200 2.8 + extension tube(s) + tripod combo as your dragonfly had demonstrated. ^_^
Well done, Wilson. I like the lighting and the pose of the bird.
Amazing so sharp and clean shot, great job!!
Excellent capture. The stationary flight of the bird has made the shot easier, but event hough, bravo!
Wonderful capture, Wils. This inspires me try my hand at this type of shot again. Haven't had much luck at it in the past.
Cool Nice capture Wilson, so close to my house too. I will have start catching more gulls in flight. Good you got some clouds in the BG. Frank
Thanks, Linda. Indeed it does appear that way! ^_^
Lou Ann Aepelbacher
A wonderful shot, Wilson!! You've captured great detail in this bird. This is even MORE motivation for me to get a digital camera!! :-)
Ken, Alexandre, Frank, Henri, Lou Ann, Thanks. I appreciate all your feedback!