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Still trying with the Bigma

Here is some shots from this morning . I would appreciate some advice on improvment from Bigma users
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Re: Still trying with the Bigma

WoW Ozzie 1 & 2 ARE MY FAVS ! Great Shots ! What ISO ? F ? and FL ? please ?
I hope Peter D sees these and comments !
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Re: Still trying with the Bigma

Lovely shots, spot-on point of focus and exposure. Shadow detail could be lifted a little in #1 but otherwise very good. What degree of cropping was involved? In my experience of the Bigma these are very respectable but could perhaps do with a little post sharpening depending on crop ratio.

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Re: Still trying with the Bigma

Good morning John

Some really lovely images

You ask for a little constructive advice on the use of the Bigma and I hope my comments will help.

I have checked your settings for image 1 and, from these, I conclude the distance to the subject was short. This will have an impact on the dof which will be narrow, as your image shows. The aperture you have chosen f7.1 is not optimum for this scenario and I would have gone for something like f10 which, incidentally, happens to be the sweet spot for the Bigma.
Looking at the exposure conditions, I can understand why you ended up with 1/30s. The subject is in shadow and a fill-in flash would have been ideal however, this could not be achieved with the built-in flash as the the lens @ 420mm would have created a shadow. Increasing exposure compensation on the camera would result in further reduction in the exposure time. I think, the practical step I would take is to increase the ISO to 1600. Yes, more noise will be produced but it should be easy to deal with.

That's enough with the camera settings. Taking your existing image in the post processing stage, I would lift the shadows and reduce the highlights to achieve a brighter image.

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Hi Chevvf1 Image 1 420mm 1/30 f7.1 (tripod with children jumping in the flimsy flooring )
Image 2 390mm 1000 f8

Thanks David
First two images 50% crop

Peter
Many thanks for your advice Image one was in shadow image two filtered sunlight .

Many thanks for all your comments I know it is hard for the experienced photographers to answer forum questions as there are so many, but it really does help people like me improve and have more fun with our photography.
Thank you again
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Hi Chevvf1 Image 1 420mm 1/30 f7.1 (tripod with children jumping in the flimsy flooring )
Image 2 390mm 1000 f8

Thanks David
First two images 50% crop

Peter
Many thanks for your advice Image one was in shadow image two filtered sunlight .

Many thanks for all your comments I know it is hard for the experienced photographers to answer forum questions as there are so many, but it really does help people like me improve and have more fun with our photography.
Thank you again
John
John, Given the 50% crop and distance and f I think you actually got terrific shots ! I find BIGMA makes the difference in Getting a Keeper, and more often than not at the end distance a GREAT KEEPER !

I was lucky enough to go to the Pergrine Falcons and meet Peter D the day after I got my BIGMA - and since then I always set f10 for the BIGMA - as he says "it enhances BIGMA's sweetspot".

I think it is wonderful that Peeps on here are so helpful and really do take the time to help others and thanks to ALL who have helped me
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