In 2003, Larry & I sailed a chartered Sea-wind Cat out of Tin Can Bay. While I never suggested a stop at Tin Can Bay, my son, Chris, made sure that we stopped here for the night as we returned from Lady Elliot Island. The place was surprisingly unchanged.
Although, I was surprised by wide variety of birds on this early Sunday morning, long before any other people were about. Since I have my choice of birds to post, I choose the most common and my personal favorite....the galah: this is a native name and the only name I heard in 2003. Now my lovely 'pink parrot,' has been up-graded to a Rose-breasted Cockatoo.
The CI is the same lady landing a few feet further away from me. According to Wikipedia, the red eye identifies the bird as female
What a thoughtful son you have Pat!
This little lady is very pretty in pink. It's great to see wildlife that is so different from what we have at home.
The focus on the head is spot-on, so it could be that you needed a smaller aperture to get a wider DOF, especially at such a long focal length. Of course that would mean an even longer shutter speed and thus a higher ISO and in the time you probably had, the bird would be long gone before you were ready. Whoever said photography was easy!!? 😜
plimrn (2016/12/04 16:31:32): He really is, I have had a charmed life, consider the fact that I was 17 when he was born and we pretty much grew up together. You and John have given me excellent food for thought as to the sharpness problem, Thank you
The main image I like very much and the blurred foot makes it for me. In studying the image you have nice sharpness of the head and most of the bird. After I wrote this note I read the comments and came back to review the image again and discovered the softness on the near side. The near side softness is not readily noticable, IMO, unless pointed out, especially to my eyes.The CI is a different story as the backside wing is sharp and the remainder of the bird is OOF. The sharpening and PP has not helped the OOF areas but highlighted them, IMO.
I went to a universal DOF calculator and assumed your distance to subject was 4m (12 feet) then your lens at 300mm @ f/7.1 the DOF is 0.5 meters (19 inches) which has me scratching my head why the whole bird in both images is not completely in focus. Part, we know, is a low ISO so your hand hold has affected the image but the DOF should be enough. Does this lens have VR? Was it turned on? The D7200 is a relatively new camera body so the noise attenuation should be very good under a lighting situation like this. I would push the ISO to 400 and even 800 and deal with it in ACR, the sharpening tab/lower half or with Nik/Google Dfine 2.0 in post. When doing noise removeal in ACR on the shapening tab, zoom the image to 100%, ctrl+alt+0 (zero not oh), then when you click and hold the luminosity slider hold down the alt key as well and slide right. The preview image turns B&W and the noise shows up as grain. When sliding right with the alt key the graininess begins to blur so stop when you first see the blurring and check the color image for noise. If you think you need more noise removal continue with the alt key and slider. You will be amazed how this works under normal situations. I have found when I push ISO too far, 800+, I do some of the noise in ACR and the rest in Dfine. Remember in ACR it is the whole image while in Dfine you can target areas that have too much noise and leave the rest of the image alone. Noise attenuation is resolved by blurring the image so if you have a blurry imagee to start it will only get worse. A OOF image cannot be sharpened so the best possible image is necessary for noise attenuation.
I know TMI, but I hope it helps.
I do like it and it is pretty bird. Noice it is also a cross bill type of bird.
plimrn (2016/12/04 16:22:22): Thank you John, I've copied it to my camera file and will be trying your suggestions out as soon as I finish here....from you, there is no such thing as TMI It's all useful, thank you again
Doing the cat walk :-) What a cute bird, love the hint of yellow/green in her mouth, it somehow has something sly, like it had stolen the foods running away with it. The CI is great too with the feathers wide open. I haven't been that lucky much with birds but it is definitely a great task to shoot images learning about speed and all this. This is such a nice result, just adorable.
plimrn (2016/12/13 20:16:10): Thanks Barbara, this little girl did make my day. Someone recently told me that to capture a bird in fight with sharpness requires a 4000 shutter speed, Here I had been thinking that 160 was good.
Lovely bird and a great capture as it does som strolling around.
Exotic to see for me.
RE We are now back home. Today I am at my cottage to improve the 12V electrical system with another battery.
There is not much snow in the mountain and a rather "warm" temperature for this time of the year.
The sun is now up around 10 AM and sets app. 4 PM
Have a fine day
plimrn (2016/12/17 21:38:59): Thanks for checking in. Sounds like you go home for the holidays.....Holidays are best with family IMHO. In December, our sun shows up between 7 & 8 and goes away around 4:30 in the evening . I'm not sure why in the morning, the arising time changes 40 minutes but in the evening, the difference is only about 10 minutes