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Egrets world
I am learning a lot every weekend about how to use my remote triggers effectively. Made this one y'day. What makes it "painfully" interesting is waiting, waiting and waiting and then probably to realize the subject is off the frame :) We end up with loads of failures if at all we get to trigger release, but it can be done - needs enormous planning and understanding our subject. Response of each bird looks different, it is fun and pain !

May be larger version would make better justice but this is what I can post to fit within 800 pixels. Image details - Nikon D300, 24mm, pano crop, cloned a few twigs in the foreground. Larger version and couple of more wide angle avian images at my site. It is interesting to note I started nature photography using 28-80mm lens (the so called kit lens), went all the way up to 600mmf4 for bird photography and now came down to explore avian photography using 24mm !! Needless to say using 600mmf4 for bird photography is far more easier..
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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:25 pm

what i like here the most is very documentary-like feel of the place as well as moment, ganesh. crop really looks very interesting and underscores the last line of your description, i do think the same.

tfs. regards.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:26 pm

I love this Ganesh! The water drops and the dynamics of flight added with the tranquil waters make this a perfect shot in all regards. I remember saying that wish the egret was not so close to the frame, but I think I am gonna retract that statement and eat my words, as a well framed egret would probably have robbed the image of the feel that you get now which highlights the exodus of the egret. The second Egret adds balance to the composition. Now since this is a Pano crop, I was wondering if you had retained the reflection of the RHS Egret in the frame without cropping it off, it would have been more compelling IMO



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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:00 am

Tones are great with tranquil feel. There is a nice water splash connection effect from the bird take-off point towards the camera.

I actually like your other image more http://www.naturelyrics.com/galleries/n ... ide_2.html where in water level feels closure to the camera. Worth the effort for this image.

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:25 am

This is a great improvement I think a Vincent Munier like shot is possible if we find a good tern nesting colony, in April.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:43 am

Harsha, There were lots of little twigs which did not go well (could not see that clearly in lcd screen, view finder) which forced me to exclude reflection. Bad initial "dial-in" of composition on my part.

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Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:38 am


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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:11 pm

Ganesh, I have been looking at your experiments and some questions ponders me.
A similar perspective is possible from a long tele, by staying far? How effective would that be? I have seen some of the similar wide perspectives from your 600 tele. What do you say?
thanks,
-RD

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:17 pm

RD, no, not at all possible. Theoretically we can get same angle of view staying 1/2 km away but lack of details will make it uninteresting. I would try a "moody egret" kind of perspective using 600mm f4 with similar angle of view but not "egret in its habitat" kind of image showing fine details surrounding it (hope I made my point clear!). For example we just can't get the details that you see in the ground inside water. Further, to get the similar effective DOF would be very tough. Give it a try using your long tele :) !!

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:11 am

Brilliant effort and a very promising results Ganesh! Liked the images in your site as well. Using wide angle for the avian and mammal photography is a different challenge altogether it is way tougher than using the long teles. You probably can consider buying a small motor which can have the base to hold the camera and you can control the horizontal rotation remotely. :) Need to search to see if something similar exits.

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