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Old 9th August 2017
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Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

Met up with Mark and Chris at a location near Uttoxeter to work on techniques and processes...

Everyone on the course had an EM-1 MKii and a 300 f4 PRO (no TC's required!).

Tesni certainly knows her way around the camera and her patience and teaching is superb. Talking through and demonstrating techniques that I wouldn't have done nor tried, made the whole day worthwhile.

Should anyone be thinking of a workshop for improving their photography, I would thoroughly recommend one of Tesni's workshops - best I've been on!

It was raining. Lesson one "What an opportunity!" and she was right the rain and droplets made for more interesting photos and the subdued light meant nothing was blown out.

Took far more photos than I intended (there's a recurring theme here) but looking at the results is teaching me a lot. For the first time I ran down TWO batteries, mainly because of the amount of reviewing and fiddling with the camera...

Has the workshop made any difference to my photography?

Well walking to the teaching area, I snapped off what I thought was an OKish shot of a duck: Definitely a "before" shot.



Going through techniques and using some of the Olympus features allowed for better shots to be taken, encouraged to lay down and take shots from "elbow height" i.e. leaning on the elbows, gave a great improvement in the photos, then using the tilt screen and getting the camera down to water level improved things quite dramatically. Tesni was getting low enough that her lens hood filled with water a couple of times!

The unanimously voted "photo of the day" with Tesni's help I managed to get the ultimate...



So an "After" shot...



While taking these photos I preferred the "elbow height" shots, but having got them home and worked through the photos on the big screen the water level shots certainly take some beating!

We also worked on BiF photos and there's was some interesting lessons learnt here:

Camera settings were just about right, though I had the live view boost on, switching it to off made a big improvement , and I know its a basic mistake, but I wasn't using the exposure compensation as well as I could have been, and this has improved a lot of the photos.

So what did we achieve?

I need to work on my composition/framing a lot more!



Improvements in exposure control...



And capturing difficult birds.... This thing didn't stay still for more than half a second - very difficult to track!



And we had some fun:



We also learnt Tesni has a soft spot for the injured birds that are homed at the Lake we were working at, one, Daffy, had a broken beak and had been rescued here... (an "elbow height" shot)

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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

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Very interesting post with excellent pictures.
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

You certainly had a great day out Walti despite conditions. Like the water level/elbow approach. Did Tesni have any recommendations with regards to settings re BIF?
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

Much the same as has been discussed to death on here!

C-AF
IS on (auto) helps for framing and tracking, the camera knows if your panning so acts accordingly
Shutter speed to suit the results! 1/1000 for people with good tracking skills - higher if you're like me and getting "camera shake" in the results from not tracking at the same speed as the bird... Tesni was able to get very good shots at lower (1/500th) shutter speeds due to skill.
Live view boost off
Using the exposure compensation properly! (I wasn't)
1, 5 or 9 focus points (not the full set) again set to suit your ability - 1 gives the best results but is most difficult to use!
Aperture wide open! non of the PRO lenses have CA etc. issues so use the lens - don't forget the f4 is f8 equivalent for 35mm frame size
Practise!

Basically the camera is capable of doing what's needed it's down to the user if the results are poor! and I include myself very firmly in that category.
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

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Excellent photos and a very interesting narrative. I would have much preferred the photos to be the correct size for the forum so they could be viewed without scrolling, but that seems to be the trend here now. Glad you enjoyed your visit it sounds a worth while experience.

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Oh sorry John, I've set the export to 1200 pixels wide as that was what was suggested by others a while ago, can soon change, what size suits you? (The pictures come out "tiny" on my monitor as it's 5000 pixels wide!)
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

A couple more, at a slightly smaller size for John...


A Coot chick that simply couldn't get the idea of perching with one leg up....



Some B*****d has clipped my wings!



Awwwww.... necking



Does anyone know what these are?
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

The slightly smaller ones are set to 1098 wide, is the width or the height which is an issue on a laptop?
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

Excellent post, thanks for sharing Walti.
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it's just me being a grumpy old sod as usual

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No worries, I get grumpy if people post thumbnails!

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Walti, I recon those are definitely ducks !

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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

One last go...

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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

Just sat down and worked out why the post processing and sorting is taking so long...

Spent 8 hrs taking a photo at rough average of one every 25 seconds!
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Thats around 1100 photos to process ! Wouldn't be a problem for me as at least 1000 would be straight into the bin

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1250 and 120 went straight in the bin!
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

As you've asked for more!

I've no idea what any of the duck species are, Tesni was shouting them out but I didn't write them down so I've forgotten! (age)...





Tesni's favourite "special" duck and his "special" walk!


Black headed gull


Mystery exotic duck number 1!


Mystery exotic duck number 2


Female Tufted Duck (EDIT: I've just noticed I've used the wrong photo here and it's a little soft around the eye... - might swap it later)


Barnacle Geese


Mallard chicks


Bar Headed Goose


Barnacle Goose


Mystery exotic duck number 3


Mystery exotic duck number 4


Mystery exotic duck number 5


Mystery exotic duck number 6


Mystery exotic duck number 7


Mystery exotic duck number 8


Mystery exotic duck number 9


Mystery exotic duck number 10


Mystery exotic duck number 11


Mystery exotic duck number 12
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Re: Tesni Ward Wildfowl Workshop

That looks like time well spent Walti. You have some excellent shots there and I especially like the smooth reflections, presumably from the low shooting angle and the diffused light. I am afraid I can't help with the exotic ducks, as I only know about our native species (and I struggle enough with them.)

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