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Featured A Day in the Bay with the Lowly EM1.1 and the Lowlier 75-300

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Bristolero, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. Bristolero

    Bristolero Mu-43 Veteran

    347
    May 15, 2017
    Alaska/New Zealand
    Yesterday morning I set off on a small paddle with the kayaks around the bay we live in. I almost took no camera, but decided that despite the overcast day, I could probably get some kayaking shots of my sister and her friends. Since wildlife photography was off the menu, I left the 300 Pro in the cupboard and stuck on my old Oly 75-300 v.1, a reasonable lens for close to medium shots. Upon our journey, I soon spied an eagle perched on a tall rock, eating some sort of sea creature. 1804_untitled_091_DxO.
    I drifted slowly closer, shooting in SAF-L, since on my EM1 SAF seems to be more accurate for stationary objects. Closer now, I switched to CAF-L, my favorite myset for BIFs. No sooner had I turned the dial, then the eagle alighted with prize clutched firmly in his talons. Often the first couple shots in a burst may be less than sharp, but in this case I was lucky.
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    The bird launched off the rock

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    and sped towards me, carrying his meal off to another nearby location.
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    In the last shot, he is swerving off into the trees.
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    When shooting from a kayak, I don't often get a series of head-on shots since I would almost have to lay over on my back to keep the bird in the frame. I was pretty pleased with these.
    We headed across the bay towards the other side. In the distance, I spied a flock Surf Scoters intermixed with a couple of Harlequins. I've never got any really good pics of either--Harlequins are spooky and Surf Scoters are not too common around here. I thought I'd try again and managed to get one mediocre shot. 1804_untitled_151_DxO.

    I'd heard eagles nearby but ignored them, concentrating on these other birds, but a shout from my sis brought my attention to a nearby outcropping and the activity taking place.
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    I think the male was pretty proud of himself. 1804_untitled_184_DxO.

    Things soon calmed down and eventually the pair flew off for other parts. 1804_untitled_204_DxO. 1804_untitled_205_DxO.

    I have never photographed this before and felt fortunate to have finally been in the right place . Later that day, my wife saw the male (she thinks) crashing through the trees and ripping out a branch, which he clutched in his talons, landed in another branch, stuck the branch in his beak and flew off to the female with his addition to their nest.
    When I shoved off the beach in the morning, I couldn't have imagined all the opportunities I was to have. If I had, you can bet I would have brought the 300 Pro! In the end, I'm just glad I brought something, and it proves the old adage that the best camera is one you have along.
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    SM-G920V    ---    4mm    f/1.9    1/706s    ISO 40
    Thanks and I hope you enjoyed,
    Eric
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018
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  2. Santa

    Santa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    288
    Oct 13, 2016
    Tennessee
    Tom Staggs
    You sure did well! Made for a very nice morning.
     
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  3. Bristolero

    Bristolero Mu-43 Veteran

    347
    May 15, 2017
    Alaska/New Zealand
    Santa,
    Thanks. Once in a while things just line up.....
     
  4. Steve Moorhouse

    Steve Moorhouse Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Mar 4, 2018
    Milton Keynes UK
    Dr Steve Moorhouse
    Amazingly good photos. I can't get shots as good as that stood on dry land, never mind in a kayak! You sir are a master of the craft.
     
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  5. ThereAndBackAgain

    ThereAndBackAgain Fighting GAS

    324
    May 26, 2014
    North Devon, England
    David
    Astonishingly good, thanks for sharing. I can now say to myself "it's me, not the camera!"
     
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  6. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    California
    Amazing!
     
  7. Sig

    Sig Mu-43 Regular

    186
    Apr 11, 2012
    Great shots!

    Did you use electronic or mechanical shutter?
     
  8. RBA62

    RBA62 Mu-43 Rookie

    10
    Dec 4, 2015
    Belleville Ontario Canada
    Ross
    Beautiful Photos! Any chance you could provide EXIF data. I have the 75-300 Mark II and an Em1.1. I'm trying to improve my technique.
     
  9. Bristolero

    Bristolero Mu-43 Veteran

    347
    May 15, 2017
    Alaska/New Zealand
    @RBA62@RBA62
    I'd be happy to add the EXIF info, but I don't know how. Could you or anyone else help?
     
  10. Bristolero

    Bristolero Mu-43 Veteran

    347
    May 15, 2017
    Alaska/New Zealand
    Sig,
    Thanks. I used e-shutter SAF-L for the stationary shots, including the romance, and mechanical CAF-L for the BIFs. ,
    Eric
     
  11. Jeff Storck

    Jeff Storck Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    94
    Nov 21, 2017
    Virginia
    These shots are not even a little bit "Lowly". Proves that the most important tools in your kit are between your ears and your own 2 eyes.
     
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  12. RBA62

    RBA62 Mu-43 Rookie

    10
    Dec 4, 2015
    Belleville Ontario Canada
    Ross
    Can anyone help with info on displaying the EXIF data?
     
  13. jp300

    jp300 New to Mu-43

    5
    Mar 23, 2014
    Fantastic!
     
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  14. macro

    macro Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    387
    Jan 22, 2012
    New Zealand
    Top shots and fantastic subjects. Would love to see these.

    All the best and superb results.

    Danny.
     
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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Veteran

    365
    Dec 13, 2015
    Troy, NY
    Jock Elliott
    "it proves the old adage that the best camera is one you have along."

    You just proved that in spades! Great series. Well done.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  16. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    My only complain is your use of the term "lowly" to describe the model that was very recently THEE flag ship model of Olympus's line up. :eek-31: :shakehead:
     
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  17. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    Superb images, especially the first five! Congratulations! :thumbsup:
     
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  18. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

    598
    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Allan
    Extraordinary coverage and images.
     
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  19. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    Chris
    Excellent You really know how to use that gear.
     
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