Critique Welcomed Introduction By Way Of A Few Bird Images ...

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Keith Hollister, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    New member here, so I thought I would throw up a few examples of my bird photography as a visual introduction.

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Welcome, Keith! A nice way to introduce yourself - some really fantastic shots there. Love the mid-air squabble. The first has real character. So, is bird photography your specialty?
     
  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ah, I've just seen the link to your website. Love the b&w!
     
  4. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    Lately it seems to be, but I am trying to get back to other genres. I felt like I was getting into a rut by photographing birds because I was comfortable with the subject and technique - it was getting a little boring.

    Thanks for the kudos.
     
  5. Dave Green

    Dave Green Well-Known Member

    Lovely shots - the aerial is a beauty!
     
  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Wonderful Keith. Like the others I love that mid-air squabble, as Rob calls it. But I find #3 to be very interesting indeed. Perhaps its the angle. Anyway, welcome to RPF, Keith.

    What part of the world do you inhabit?
     
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    And what a wonderful introduction it is! Welcome to RPF Keith. :)
     
  8. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    Thanks, guys.

    Brian - I'm in the Orlando, FL area in the US. I like the Wood Stork image due to the unusual angle (at least for most bird photography) and the light.
     
  9. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks Keith. I visited your website a moment ago. Excellent stuff there! Also, enjoyed reading your blog articles about the GX7 and the RX100. (I think @Pete Askew is not a great fan of the RX100, too, although that was a while back so maybe it has grown on him since then. [Sorry Pete if I'm wrong about that.])
     
  10. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    It was the X100S I tried and returned - never touched one of the Sony's. That's probably sacrilege here since I notice the Fuji's are quite popular. I admit I still want to like the Fuji X stuff, mostly because I think the lenses are fantastic and the X-tran still fascinates me.
     
  11. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Sorry Keith--enjoyed reading your blog but for some reason I had RX100 in my mind the whole time (even though you clearly identified theFuji)! Don't know what I was thinking. (Sorry @Pete Askew!)

    It is rather early here yet--its my only excuse!:rolleyes:

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    Uh,...you did blog about the GX7 didn't you,...or did I get that wrong, too?o_O
     
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  12. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    Roger on the GX7 ;)
     
  13. Lesley Jones

    Lesley Jones Otherwise know as Zooey

    And what an introduction it is indeed! Those are really stunning and it makes our wildlife look very drab :)
     
  14. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    But, you guys have hedgehogs! :)

    Thanks for the kind words.
     
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  15. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    excellent bird photos. the first shot and #3 are my favorites.
     
  16. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Some nice shots there Keith, I do like a bit of Bird photography:).

    How can you say that Lesley, we have some little beauties in this country too.

    Like these;).
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  17. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    Great introduction Keith, some very nice bird photographs. Welcome to the forum (I know its a bit late).

    Great set too Glen, that 3rd one is especially wonderful.
     
  18. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    Thanks, Paul
     
  19. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Welcome Keith - some excellent birding shots there, really lovely timing and comps

    Are you shooting with some long glass for these?
     
  20. Keith Hollister

    Keith Hollister Active Member

    My usual bird rig is a 300 + 1.7x TC for 510mm. I was using DX (APS-C) bodies until I switched to the D800, which is still 16MP at a DX crop.

    The question of which 300 is where the story gets funny. I had been using the Nikon 300/4 AF-S for several years but got a hankering last year to get a 300/2.8 VRII. My idea was that the much faster AF and VR would let me do more BIF. As it turns out, the damn was too heavy to handhold for very long and the VR was little use because I usually had the shutter speed up around 1/1000 anyway. And the 300/4 is outstanding from an IQ standpoint withe the TC's, so my images weren't any better with the 300/2.8 in spite of the 5X cost difference.

    I just sold the 2.8 last week and am going back to the f4 version (which I fortunately didn't sell).
     
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