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    Today I found a good place to photograph from, overlooking what seems to be a good fishing spot. With the wind and sun coming from side I got some decent pictures of Terns in flight taken this evening in smooth overcast light. Shortly after that light became miserable.

    Distance about 20 meters, with 600mm FL you fill about 75% of the frame. But you need to be fast and not hesitate with manual focus and also accurate when pointing... Got quite a few frames with clipped birds!

    Today there were only Common Terns. I will visit the place again in better light conditions, hopefully also some other less common species will be there.

    Skywatcher 600mm
    EM5 @ISO640,
    1/1000s

    Thanks for looking
    Tord

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  • #2
    Re: Common Terns

    Superb shots Tord.

    That's a great setup you've got.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Peter

    she looked at me and said "It's official. I hate your camera. It's just so amazing and perfect I want one!"

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    • #3
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      Great shots as always Tord. Even with film camera split image viewfinders I'm not sure my manual focus speed would be up to it (the reason I like the autofocus on my E-M5) so good on you.
      Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
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      • #4
        Re: Common Terns

        Fantastic, very very envious.


        "Always shoot in RAW and avoid JPEGs"

        William Shakespeare.

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        • #5
          Re: Common Terns

          Here are a couple more from yesterday, wind was from a different direction, providing fewer opportunities for close range pictures.

          I think the smoother light produced more pleasant results, what do you thiink?

          These are 80% crops of OMD@500 ISO frames.

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          #5
          Last edited by Tordan58; 21st June 2013, 12:51 PM. Reason: Numbering

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          • #6
            Re: Common Terns

            Great photos all together Tord, as usual. My favorite is #3 from the opening post. The Bokeh and coloured background do it for me.
            I am not afraid of Tits

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            • #7
              Re: Common Terns

              Thanks Falk,

              I personally prefer #2, although the background (coastal line) and bokeh in #3 are nice...

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              • #8
                Re: Common Terns

                And here are a few more pictures taken from the same spot. It was dead calm, the Terns could not take advantage of the headwind and hover by the shoreline so they changed fishing fishing spot to the usual one, knee deep water ~75 meters from shore. I wish the light had come more from behind me but further to the left, where I would have positioned myself to take advantage of back light is a bird reserve, strict no access.

                Thanks for looking,
                Tord

                #6 Touchdown (75% crop)


                #7 Touchdown (75% crop)


                #8 Bonus! As I arrived to the place I spotted this Marsh Harrier that killed what looks like a vole or mouse. He got chased away by a party of Terns, Crows and Gulls, a huge commotion took place but he held tight and managed to flee without fropping the prey. I had not setup the tripod yet, this is the best frame from a hand held sequence, all of the pictures are blurred except this one, quite heavily cropped.

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                • #9
                  Re: Common Terns

                  Touchdown #6 is very calming. Thanks.
                  Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
                  Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
                  Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
                  Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
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