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New lens, first shot

New lens, first shot
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-200 F 2.8 EX APO HSM, Digital RAW, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-21 13:59
Viewed: 3397
Points: 24
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Hi guys!

Sorry I've not been on here lately lots of work to do, lectures, essays, lesson plans...the list goes on!
However, as photography is my get away I went out yesterday for some me time, and what better way than with a new lens!!

Yep, I decided, (rather hastily you might add!) one late night on ebay that the 70-200 f2.8 would suit me better especially as I shoot sports as well. I am able to get more focal range now and still a fast aperture throughout, I will probably team it up with sigmas 1.4 converter as my kenko one doesn't like it.

The Nikon 180mm although incredibly sharp, wasn't the quickest focuser in the pack and I often felt limited by it's length. It's on ebay now with no reserve if anyone is interested!

The Sigma I picked up for a tidy price and it's in exceptional condition. Went out just before the sun was going down to the park and there were thousands of starlings flying to the ground and back up to the trees again everytime something spooked them, they vanished after about 5 minutes but I managed to get close enough to get this busy scene of a section of them flying.

The lens at f2.8 picked the detail out well and at ISO 400. In PP I did the usual: levels, crop, sharpen and framed.

I hope you like this and that you're all well,

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You have gone for a wonderful replacement, Simon. This amazing shot proves it beyond doubt. The entire flock of these birds is in perfect focus and the composition is a winner!
Thanks for sharing this fantastic picture taken with your new lens.

Hi Simon,
congrats on your new lens, it's very good, I know, I have own one for my Canon and it worked well with a 1.4x Sigma converter.
Yur picture is very nice with good details and lovely colours.
Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-21 14:42]

Hi Simon,
Wonderful flock of birds capture. I like the different stages of flight of each bird, caught prefectly with amazing sharpness. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

It looks like it does the job. I have been eyeing the same Canon lens... but can't justify the price right now : (

Nice work. It looks three dimensional.

Evelynn : )

Hello simon
Perfect compo and lighting,
Congratulation for new lens :-)
Excellent work.

Good Luck

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-21 15:45]

Hi Simon

What did you do to them :) The new lens is a great success. Perfect focus. Great light and a wonderful composition.



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-21 17:30]

Hi Simon

Splendid work and splendid choice! Congrats on your new toy and hope we'll see lots of cool photos with it:)
It seems to be working very well and for an apperture value of only F/2.8 you've got a great DOF on this shot.
I really this "busy" composition...it gives an excellent impression on the gregarious way of life of the starlings.
You also managed to capture some pretty wonderfull poses here and at 1/800 you froze the movement very nicely.
What i actually love at this shot is the fact taht you have as BG for the birds both grass and trees as well as that lovely blue sky...what a supeb color pallete.
The warm evening light did great to saturate all the tones and the exposure you used is...well...perfect!
Having said all that, the only thing i can add is a big BRAVO and "To many more!" [imagine me now raising a glass to that ;)) ]

Cheers and TFS

Hello Simon

Congratulations with your new toy - seems to work pretty well. This is not an easy task but you did well. Most of the birds are well focused. The light is well handled too.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-22 11:28]

Hi Simon,

Congratulations on your new lens. You are using it well. This is a wonderful flock in motion. It is amazing how detailed each individual bird is.


Looks like pt.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-22 13:16]

Hi Simon.
I congratulate you on purchasing new lens. It is very glad event in the life of any photographer. If I can see this lens in your hands works perfectly. Contrast, colours, sharpness are great. And BG, its blurriness is simply fantastic. I also like the pictured scene very much. It is very attractive and wonderful. My compliments and best wishes.

Works well Simon, you isolated the birds nicely, good DOF and nice colours...

That turned out good for 2.8. I would think it would be overexposed. Great wing stoppage and point of view.

Hi Simon,
great in action shot,beautiful bg and colours!
Congratulations on your new lens!


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