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Something a bit different :)

This is one of the short-eared Owls at the British Wildlife Center in Surrey with ~AlannahHawker (even though she chose not to go to this part!)

Hope you like it!

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - AF-S Nikkor 300mm F4.0

Photo (C) me
Comments appreciated!
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta love owls. Beautiful markings on this one. Great shot! :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes! She has stunning eyes too.

Thanks. Glad you think so!
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmhmm!
Very welcome! :3
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Nice portrait ..Do you use noise reduction software Lawrie?,my 90 wouldnt produce a shot as noisless as this at iso1000...
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
Nope. I don't like the results that nose reduction software can give. I tend to find that the D90 copes ok up to ISO 2000 of the subject isn't too contrast-y. If you have something like a leopard with really high contrast areas then it struggles at 800.
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
It does make things look a bit flat,i agree.
I have this block over going above 640,i suppose my slower lens can make the loss of sharpness look worse...

The plan for next year is better glass,your 300 f4 looks like a good step..
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, and it tends to remove detail with the noise...

Oh really? That's quite low for a D90. Is it an older version?
Yeah. The lens will accentuate anything wrong with the camera. Whenever I use my old 55-200 i'll rarely go above 800.

That 300 F4.0 is amazing. It's the best lens in it's class i've ever used. Yeah, it can hunt at times, and has no VR, but if you use anything above 1/500 and are prepared to grab the focus ring to stop the hunt then it's really fast all the time, and is stupidly sharp.
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Yep.
Its about 18 months old,but it was upgraded recently when it went back for an image board problem...i havent pushed it since it came back,so it may be worth a go..
My 70-300 is nice,but needs careful use,part of which is keeping the iso down to help get sharp images(bit of a focus nazi:))

Ignoring the price difference,i am looking at the 300 f4,or maybe the 70-200 2.8...come on lotto :).
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah. It might be worth trying out. Mine's ok up to 2000. The stalking tiger I have is at ISO 2000
Yeah. You'll notice a BIG difference if you jump up to a prime in terms of sharpness too :)

I was going for the 70-200 at one point. It's a stunning lens, but I prefer the extra reach, and the 300mm is sharper by definition. It's one of Nikons sharpest lenses, along with the 500mm F4, the 14-24 F2.8 and the 105mm macro.
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quaddie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Hmm,interesting i had a look at that one and it doesnt look too noisy..i will experiment :).

The reach is a good point,but the lack of VR could be a problem too...
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good :) It's usually ok up to 1000 with no problems.

I thought that at the time.. and a VR version is in the making, but it should be over 2500...
I've found that it's not really a problem if you use your ISO a bit. I can handhold mine at 1/500 fairly easily :)
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NDLevett Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sol Lovely...she looks very wise!
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I imagine she is ^^
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NDLevett Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love:
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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NDLevett Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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cheetahdiago Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woo seems like the D90 still works great^^
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Works great?? It's still amazing!! Thanks for all the info on it again Diago. It's a great camera ^^
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cheetahdiago Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe yay^^ well your pictures do look as if they were made by a professional with a 3000$ camera!
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww thank you :blush: Glad you still like them, it was you and Vegar who got me on here after all ^^

I bet a pro could make better uses of the opportunities I get though. I'd do ANYTHING to get shots like Andy Rouse and people like that...
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Photographer
I didn't go because the best you can get really is a portrait like this, most photographers that go there don't do the flying bit, you always get people in the background...

Nice portrait, good contrast.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Still. An occasional portrait is nice, and I almost got one flying too, but it missed focus by about an inch! I only got them when crouching down in the flight path that goes in that bowl

Thanks!
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Lykketrollet84 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A stunning picture!
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow another excellent shot buddy! I love how you're able to get such beautiful backgrounds in these as well :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Kevin!
That's my lens! The joy of F4.0 at 300mm :)
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :D My lens is 18-200mm Quantaray It's not too bad but I'm not the best at using it :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Any lens can make great images :)

You just need practice!
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you say so my friend I don't know beans about setting this camera and I'm just happy that I can get half-assed decent shots of my artwork with it :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Practice then! You'll pick it all up easily ^^
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope so :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You will ^^
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DanielleMiner Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lawrie, this is so gorgeous! That meltly, juicy, buttery bokeh is tantalizing, vivacious and decadent. The bird is quite regal as well ;P
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. Thanks Sydney :P I thought you'd like that bit :XD:
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deanreevesii Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your "Always Watching" has been in my inbox since you posted it, since I don't want to forget to draw it. Now I have two to clutter up my messages!! What're you tryin' to do to me?? ;)
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. sorry! Its not a plot I swear :XD:
Thanks!
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Kaosah Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful shot! I love the detail
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! :D Wonderful Lawrie! :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Linda!
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! :D
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
^^
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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D90
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
300 mm
ISO Speed
1000
Date Taken
Oct 7, 2012, 4:15:27 PM
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