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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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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 (Windows)
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Golden Gaze by Chikrata Golden Gaze by Chikrata
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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