Bird with a new G5 (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by FernandoBatista, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. FernandoBatista

    FernandoBatista Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    A few shots from my first two outings with the G5, lenses used where a panasonic 100-300, and an Apochromatic telescope (480mm F/6).
    I have to thank the silent shutter here, it was an very valuable asset on this sessions.

    ISO200 @ 300mm f/5.6

    ISO200 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO200 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO200 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO200 @ 231mm f/5.6

    ISO200 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO200 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO800 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO800 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO800 @ 480mm f/6

    ISO800 @ 960mm f/12

    ISO3200 @ 300mm f/5.6

    BTW, I tried to find if there is a limit for the number of photos posted, but I didn't find anything.
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  2. wilvoeka

    wilvoeka Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    All great shots with the above being my personal favorite.
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  3. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
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  4. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
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    Fernando fantastic pictures.

    Did you shot them from a shelter and I assume with a tripod or other support.

  5. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Awesome set! That one is my fave.
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  6. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
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    Excellent work. Top notch birding here.
  7. Wolf

    Wolf Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    these shots are just great... how does the G5 go with the 100-300 ?
    can you maybe post a photo of the G5 + 100-300 attached ?
  8. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 21, 2012
    wow these are some great shots, Ive never been able to get decent shots of smaller birds
  9. ante

    ante Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Wow! Awesome pictures. I wish the small birds around here would pose for me like that. :smile:

    If you would share your technique Id be much obliged
  10. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
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    No limit on awesome pics here (as far as I know)! Great great set!
  11. david6785

    david6785 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 27, 2012
    las vegas
    wow my g5 can do that awesome!! i need a zoom lense bad
  12. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Very nicely done, I'm impressed.
  13. FernandoBatista

    FernandoBatista Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    Thanks everyone :)

    Yes, these were all made on a semi-permanent blind that I built earlier this year. This blind is made of wood and has a 3/8" bolt to screw the head directly, it makes for an excellent support.

    I think it goes quite well, it's a very balanced setup, both body and lens are very light and small, but with decent ergonomics. The AF is quite fast on static subjects, too bad AF-C is not very good for moving birds. The lens is very sharp too, even at 300mm, it's actually sharper than a Nikkor 300mm ED Ais I sold recently.

    I don't have any photo of the lens itself on the G5. I'd need another body for that. I have a D90 still but no more lenses other than my scope.

    Birds don't usually pose here too, they mostly fly away :)
    I've been doing this for some time now, at these point I now exactly where to go (good spots, good light, good backgrounds, etc) to make some photos.

    Sharing my experience... putting it shortly I'd say, spend a lot of time in the field birding, study the places the birds hang around with binoculars or a scope, after you have some places defined take a good look for branches where they land that could make a good photogenic spot for an image.
    Afterwards, use a blind (tent, chairhide, quickcamo...anything) that keeps human form hidden, avoid any movement...a camo is useless if you move or make noise that call animals atention, And of course hide the hide, placing a hide in the middle of an open field it's generally not a good ideia, use vegetation as much as possible to hide your camouflage method.

    That pretty much sums it up, the rest is just like any other type of photography, light direction, focus on the right place, etc...

    Oh...and for songbirds use a G5 :p The silent shutter is really an amazing tool for this type of photography. I bought this camera precisely for this feature and have to say it's worth every cent.
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  14. dwkdnvr

    dwkdnvr Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 8, 2012
    Those 480 and 960 shots look very good as well. What telescope did you use?
  15. FernandoBatista

    FernandoBatista Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    I use a TLAPO 804. This one:
    TS 80/480mm F/6 Triplet APO - FPL-53 - Kein Farbfehler

    Altough mine was completely adapted to work as a lens for nikon, it has an Iris alowing stopping down until F/16, a dandelion chip and the adapter was machined from scratch.
    Here's a photo from the scope:

    Altought now it has a few differences, I redone the adapter, and changed the focuser for a badder planetarium.
  16. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
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    stunning shots! great work!
  17. ante

    ante Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. I do hope you saw the humor in my comment about posing, I am all in awe of your skills! :bravo-009:
  18. mono55

    mono55 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    A superb set of pictures, showing what a capable camera and lens combination this is in the hands of a talented photographer.
  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    When they're this good, we don't have a limit :smile:. Thanks for sharing the fantastic images and also giving some insight about your equipment. I hope to see more of your work!
  20. Rube441

    Rube441 New to Mu-43

    Oct 5, 2012
    Delray Beach, FL
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    Ken R.
    Great shots. I love the 100-300 and use it with my G-2. Hopefully step up to the G-5 by year end after get a wide lens.:smile:
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