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    some critters

    Here's a bunch of photos I've made with the DMR:












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    Re: some critters

    and a few more:













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    Just love this stuff. Doug i know since i shot the DMR and M8 every once in awhile you have to deal with Moire' in the feathers for you and for me suits , ties and shirts it does crop up. Now C1 did have a nice plugin Demorize ( Probably spelled wrong) on the PC side . Just wandering what technique you are using to clean that up a little. i wish this was on the Mac side from C1 , i do miss this part of the PC
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    Hi Doug, great to have you here! As usual, your wildlife images are simply stunning and it's a real pleasure to see them posted here! *LOVE* the avocet and hummingbird especially, and is that a Clapper Rail (endangered I think) above the avocet?
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    Yes Jack it's a Clapper Rail. This bird was at Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland California airport. The highest high tide of the year brings them out of the marshes into view.

    Guy, I'm using the FM moire reducer when nessesary. So far the worst moire I've seen has been on the California Quail. Why this species I have no clue but here's how it cleaned up:



    The moire was all over the gray feathers on the birds chest.

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    Cleaned up very nicely Doug. I think I have that one buried somewhere in my bag of tricks.
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    Tastey as usual Doug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Yes Jack it's a Clapper Rail. This bird was at Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland California airport. The highest high tide of the year brings them out of the marshes into view.

    Guy, I'm using the FM moire reducer when nessesary. So far the worst moire I've seen has been on the California Quail. Why this species I have no clue but here's how it cleaned up:



    The moire was all over the gray feathers on the birds chest.
    This is why you are truly the "birdman" of Sacramento.

    Wow......we should be so good as to get these images

    Congrats

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    Woody--

    I should be so lucky to *see* these images

    Thanks Doug--I love your stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Roberts View Post
    Woody--

    I should be so lucky to *see* these images

    Thanks Doug--I love your stuff!

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    Re: some critters

    Here's a recent photo:



    This bird is a Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) which is rather common in my area. This was a cold & foggy morning and the egret has tucked it head into the feathers on its back for warmth.

    R8/DMR, 560mm f/6.8, extension tube.

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    Doug, what are the two small raptors in your first post? (Kestrel? Cooper's Hawk?) They're gorgeous!

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    wow!! beautiful...what lens do you prefer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    Doug, what are the two small raptors in your first post? (Kestrel? Cooper's Hawk?) They're gorgeous!
    That's correct, a captive female American Kestrel, and an adult male Cooper's Hawk.

    Mike, I prefer the shortest I can get away with using. The 280/4 APO is fantastic, the old f/6.8 Telyts are no slouches either. The f/6.8 lenses are best for the more active subjects or where flare can be a problem, the 280 is best for dimmer light, the close-focus range, and where I want to stop down to a smaller aperture for more DOF (the f/6.8 lenses have manual diaphragms). And for pixel-peepers the 280 has no equal

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    Great pictures, as usual, Doug. And it's worth mentioning that the bokeh is good too: for example, in the first picture of the two geense, some 90%+ of the picture is an O-O-F area, which would ruin the photograph if this were "bad bokeh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Alland View Post
    Great pictures, as usual, Doug. And it's worth mentioning that the bokeh is good too: for example, in the first picture of the two geense, some 90%+ of the picture is an O-O-F area, which would ruin the photograph if this were "bad bokeh".

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    Mitch, good point. Given that most of my photos have a significant percentage of OOF areas, bokeh is a consideration when I choose lenses. The f/6.8 Telyts have very nice smooth bokeh, the 280 f/4 is good, not a smooth as the f/6.8 in this respect.

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    Doug,

    Just wondering....do you think auto focus would help in most case ? For example, in the first picture ?
    I read somewhere the supposed R10 should come with AF lenses.

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    Doug,

    Just wondering....do you think auto focus would help in most case ? For example, in the first picture ?
    It would help only if the AF "points" can be located anywhere on the viewscreen and can follow the bird at the speed of a neuron and can distinguish between an eye and the near wingtip and doesn't get confused by textured backgrounds.

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    Re: some critters

    Here's one from yesterday morning:



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