First Outing With The 100-300 - Killer Whales

Discussion in 'Nature' started by A.H. Photography, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. A.H. Photography

    A.H. Photography New to Mu-43

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Hello all,

    Second post on mu-43. Just picked up my 100-300 the other day and figured I'd put it to the test shooting an extremely hard subject... Killer Whales from a boat without any monopod or tripod...

    It was a test of patience, I wanted to throw it in the ocean a few times, many good shots were blurred or focused bad, but because the boat moves and the whales surface out of no where for a split second at a time I feel the results were not that great due to subject, environment and the fact that this is my first time shooting a lens this long.

    We heard reports of a few groups of Transient Orcas spotted and we managed to track down a LARGE group between Moresby Island and Salt Spring Island BC, there were about 15-20 of them. Probably 2 to 3 families visiting each other for a short period as they crossed paths... and they gave us a good show for over an hour. Here are a few of the shots...

    Hope you guys like them!

    Cheers

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  2. A.H. Photography

    A.H. Photography New to Mu-43

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    Aug 14, 2013
    You find the lens Mega OIS better than IBIS? I tried both and from my very unscientific test I found IBIS gave sharper results... I'll need to test it more.
     
  3. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Thanks!

    In a real forehead-smacking moment, I realized the hard way that using a tripod on a boat is of no help if you're trying to shoot something that's not in the boat. :rolleyes:
     
  4. A.H. Photography

    A.H. Photography New to Mu-43

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Yea I didn't use both at the same time and found IBIS better...

    My results were much better on stationary subjects like these sun tanning harbour seals off Galiano Island

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    Not super sharp, but better as they weren't surprising me like the whales in different locations!

    Yep it's pretty much hand held or nothing! Couldn't have done this with a full frame 600mm equivalent for over an hour!
     
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    For such a difficult subject in such challenging circumstances you got some really good shots. The 25mm is my favorite lens, but the 100-300 is a close second. :thumbup:
     
  6. A.H. Photography

    A.H. Photography New to Mu-43

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to using it for some birds. The 35-100 gives crystal clear bird shots but at the price of a lot of cropping!
     
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