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    Triplets

    Spotted these three Egrets the other day and after a bit of a wait got them in good position.
    My problem is with the left bird. It looks like camera shake but the other two are sharp.
    I have included crops of the heads of two birds for comparison. This is one shot, not a composite.
    Camera settings were 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 400 and 500mm focal length. The birds were pretty much in a line at right angles to me.
    Any ideas?

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    Re: Triplets

    Quote Originally Posted by segref View Post
    Spotted these three Egrets the other day and after a bit of a wait got them in good position.
    My problem is with the left bird. It looks like camera shake but the other two are sharp.
    I have included crops of the heads of two birds for comparison. This is one shot, not a composite.
    Camera settings were 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 400 and 500mm focal length. The birds were pretty much in a line at right angles to me.
    Any ideas?

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    Couldn't be camera shake or they would all be equally blurred. Maybe the bird made a short sudden movement or is just that little bit closer or further away and slightly out of focus?

    It's a good set of shots anyway.

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    Re: Triplets

    more like a depth of field issue -- 500 mm at F8 is rather a narrow focus area

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    Re: Triplets

    white balance and exposure a little off also btw -- but you have controlled the white (clipping) will enough. That is often a drama with white birds in bright sunlight

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    Re: Triplets

    Thanks all. The dof was about 1.5 metres and I thought the birds would have fallen into that range.
    IanB, I'm a little confused re the white balance. Which way do you suggest it go? I leave the camera on auto and seldom change it in LR although I do go a tad cooler sometimes to correct skin tone.
    BTW I'm going bush for a couple or three weeks So I'll be quite. Hopefully bring back some good shots.

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    Re: Triplets

    just for ideas to how I would do it .

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    WB : if using RAW it doesn't matter a lot as it can be easily done PP; however using jpg it is better to select the correct WB when taking the photo --- that's why I often feel those who record jpg files need to be a more careful with settings -- even exposures can be a little rougher when using RAW.

    Those using an old fashion dslr will never know just good it is to have a live histogram in the viewfinder -- makes getting exposures perfect with one click so easy

    DoF: 1.5 meters is pretty fine imo

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