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Jonesgj
23rd December 2009, 04:47 PM
I saw a post from Nick Temple-fry using the EC14 and realised I hadn't tried it 'in anger' on my Oly 70-300mm before; I'd actually bought it to extend my Oly 50-200mm. So I stuck it on the E3 and had a little walk about this morning. It was difficult to use auto-focus especially on these little birds, and I had to switch to manual focus. Despite the low 'keep-rate', however, I like these

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/764/E3_GJ_PC233538.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19982)


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/764/E3_GJ_PC233516_F.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19981)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/764/E3_GJ_PC233509.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19980)


Should I have put these on Foto Fair? Anyway; I hope you enjoy.

andym
23rd December 2009, 04:52 PM
No2 is a great photo.The sort of thing you only get one go at.

Well done.

Nick Temple-Fry
23rd December 2009, 05:03 PM
Should you have put them on foto-fair - probably, but............:)

2 very nice shots and a pigeon (OK - three nice shots).

My preference would be for the first - lovely bird and a great exercise in tone.

Nick

dbutch
23rd December 2009, 05:14 PM
Like number 2
not had a chance yet to give my new EC-14 a work out so here to the holidays

Dave

StephenL
23rd December 2009, 05:16 PM
A good set of examples of what this lens can do in the right hands. Except perhaps for the "bokeh" in the Pigeon shot?

Jonesgj
23rd December 2009, 07:21 PM
Thanks Guys for your comments.

A good set of examples of what this lens can do in the right hands. Except perhaps for the "bokeh" in the Pigeon shot?

Stephen, I agree re the bokeh in the pidgeon shot. I have checked the dng the original ORF in Master and it appears in those too. Is there a reason for that - is there something I did wrong?

Graydon

Nick Temple-Fry
24th December 2009, 12:23 AM
Thanks Guys for your comments.



Stephen, I agree re the bokeh in the pidgeon shot. I have checked the dng the original ORF in Master and it appears in those too. Is there a reason for that - is there something I did wrong?

Graydon

Well the bokeh is how the lens renders the oof areas - and is a product of the dof and the lens aperture characteristics. Now (and I haven't got this lens) the 70-300 seems to usually render this quite smoothly, witness your first shot. But here you've got another factor coming into play and that is the distance of the subject, the further away the greater dof, so the background does not fall properly oof. Conventionally you reduce the f-number as the subject gets further away to reduce the dof - but of course with this combination you can't.

You can play about in pp using blur effects to ameliorate this.

But really it's just a case of knowing what your lens can do and playing to its strengths, the direction of light can also have an effect.

Nick

ndl0071
24th December 2009, 11:11 AM
Really like number 2, it's just a shame that the end of the tail is missing:eek:
but of course that's just me being jealous:)

Jonesgj
24th December 2009, 03:48 PM
But really it's just a case of knowing what your lens can do and playing to its strengths, the direction of light can also have an effect.

Nick

Thanks Nick. There's obviosuly more to this.. Still there's always 2010 :)

Really like number 2, it's just a shame that the end of the tail is missing:eek:
but of course that's just me being jealous:)

Neil, I don't think she had a tail :p Honest!