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    Default Some more Eagles

    My favorite shots so far. I just started in Dec so let me know what I can do to improve.








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    Gotta love eagles. There just an impressive bird.

    Nice picks too. If anything they could be sharper. Faster lens might help.

    What kind of gear were you using?

    Here are some pics from Homer area last year.

    http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i..._jr/Eagle7.jpg

    http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...omerEagle1.jpg

    http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...June107264.jpg

    http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...June107284.jpg

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    EXIF data shows Nikon D40X with lens set at 200mm and f/5.6. I assume this was your longest lens and you cropped the images later. You could probably regain some sharpness after the cropping by using USM (UnSharp Masking). What you would really want is something like 600mm for shooting birds but who can afford one? So you do what the rest of us do and shoot with what you have. Nice catches though.

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    That is correct, I just got the camera and bought that lens, they are the most I can afford for now. The second and third images are cropped. Is USM a type of software? What photo editing software do you recommend? Thank you for the response.

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    AKDUKHNT, USM is one of the filters available in Photoshop. I'm not sure if it is available is Photoshop Elements (~$125), but it is in the expension version of Photoshop (Photoshop CS3 - Extended), which can run more than $1000 . Another option is to shop for older, less expensive versions of Photoshop.

    This is from a rank amateur (ranks, as in "Stinks" ), so consider the source.

    For those of us who have to pay for our own glass, a 1.4x teleconverter is a good add-on that doesn't impose too much of a penalty in terms of Image Quality (IQ) or aperature (you lose one stop of light using this TC). Other TC's are available (1.7x, 2.0x, 3.0x), but they really are unusable unless you are using a lens faster than f/4 (say a nice 2.8L ). The light penalty is real steep the more you magnify (1.4x costs 1 stop of light, 1.7x costs 1.5 stops of light, and 2.0x costs 2 stops of light - so an f/4 lens becomes an f/8).

    So in your instance, using a 1.4xTC the 200mm would become a 280mm, and you lose an f-stop in aperature, or from f/5.6 to f/8. This creates problems in that you're lready getting blur in the picture, which will be magnified even more with the loss of light (have to use slower shutter speeds). One thing you can do is to boost the ISO, say to 800 or so (your EXIF data says you shot at ISO 200). This will give you the ability to use a little faster shutter speed and eliminate blur.

    The first shot is very good, but the others do suffer from blur.

    I've been fighting the same issue with my 300mm f/4, and it comes down to me learning what the camera and lens are capable of, and equally important, what they can't do. Enjoy the camera, and keep shooting.

    Cheers,
    SH

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    USM can be found in Photohop Elements, as well as most other image editors. Elements can be found on sale for under $80 quite often.

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    I am just follow up on some of the comments above. One of the rule that is important to follow using the long lens is the shutter speed should be the same of higher than the focal length. If you use the 200mm, you should shoot at 1/200 sec faster to avoid shaking. I guess this rule would not apply if you have the camera on tripod.

    This is also where the better lens give you a crisper image as well. But I know you would rather shoot with what you have than not shoot. You will learn to compensate to some of the shortcomings of the lens. Good luck.

    Thi

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    ADUKHNT, I agree with all of the above ...boost the ISO and shoot with a tripod or mono-pod. This will help a lot. The images look good, though a little soft(blur). Keep up the good work and practice a lot. Seems to work for me.

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