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Posted by jk: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 21:01 151st Post
Cant see the difference between the two.o.O

What are the differences between the two images?



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 08:33 152nd Post
-15 Cyan but it seems to be lost in uploading to the forum?



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Posted by jk: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 08:43 153rd Post
That is probably too subtle a change to be seen on my ipad.  I will see if my colour calibrated monitor can spot the difference.

I find it remarkable that the displays that we use for editing can see these differences but when we upload the image to internet site that such subtleties are lost.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 08:57 154th Post
The Hhead and shoulders of the bird was in quite deep shade with rest of body OK in sun. Did local exposure correction in Photoshop but colour was bit cyan compared with rest of bird.



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 14:00 155th Post
The second upload overwrote the first because the same filename was used - add a suffix e.g. kestrel_4460a.jpg instead of kestrel_4460.jpg if you want to keep the original.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 16:43 156th Post
Chris many thanks it's no big deal it is very small amount.



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 17:53 157th Post
It's a very nice photo - I was just satisfying JK's insatiable appetite to know why does what :lol:



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri Mar 27th, 2020 18:20 158th Post
Yellowhammer D850 40-80mm Lens3200 ISO

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Posted by jk: Fri Mar 27th, 2020 20:39 159th Post
Got my 400mm f2.8 AFS ED ii back from FixationUK.  They said it had a squeaky SWM but that happens when the lens is not used all the time!  Bad Nikon design or sourcing of bits.  However if you know about these motors it is not eminent failure but usually complaint of lack of use!
I am not giving them a superb lens of value £4k for £1200.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Mar 28th, 2020 09:34 160th Post
jk wrote:
Got my 400mm f2.8 AFS ED ii back from FixationUK.  They said it had a squeaky SWM but that happens when the lens is not used all the time!  Bad Nikon design or sourcing of bits.  However if you know about these motors it is not eminent failure but usually complaint of lack of use!
I am not giving them a superb lens of value £4k for £1200.
I had a squeaky Nikon lens and was told that there was an aluminium strip ‘in there’ that can oxidise and needed regular use to wear it off...if possible. It was suggested I put it in manual and focus it rapidly back and forth for a new days - ‘sometimes they free themselves up”.

So I did this and I have to say it did quieten it down a bit but there was always a faint squeak. I eventually sold the lens on eBay declaring the squeak and it made 3/4 the price ‘perfect’ examples were making.
  
I suspect the resale price of these heavier long primes will have been influenced by the new FP lenses in some quarters. It will be even worse if/when Nikon bring out 400mm and 600mm version.  With Sony bringing out lightweight telephoto lenses it may spread up that release...once the world heals.



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Posted by Iain: Sat Mar 28th, 2020 11:29 161st Post
The 400mm f2.8 is a bit of a beast as far as weight is concerned and there is a bit of a selective market for it.

 


Posted by chrisbet: Sat Mar 28th, 2020 12:44 162nd Post
Eric wrote:
 was told that there was an aluminium strip ‘in there’ that can oxidise and needed regular use to wear it off Aluminium forms a thin oxide layer immediately it is exposed to oxygen - so all regular aluminium surfaces are "oxidised".

I would have thought the issue is more likely to be galvanic corrosion due to the use of other metals in contact with the aluminium or just a poor choice of material in the first place.

If indeed, that is the source of the noise - lenses aren't THAT difficult to disassemble, I'd be tempted to take it apart and clean / lubricate.



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Posted by jk: Sat Mar 28th, 2020 13:29 163rd Post
chrisbet wrote:
Aluminium forms a thin oxide layer immediately it is exposed to oxygen - so all regular aluminium surfaces are "oxidised".

I would have thought the issue is more likely to be galvanic corrosion due to the use of other metals in contact with the aluminium or just a poor choice of material in the first place.

If indeed, that is the source of the noise - lenses aren't THAT difficult to disassemble, I'd be tempted to take it apart and clean / lubricate.
I agree it is a poor choice of material in this and other SWM lenses.  I would have thought that a different metal or a plastic covering would be useful alternative.



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Posted by blackfox: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 10:15 164th Post
super kestrel shot graham was this at a paid hide ?

 


Posted by blackfox: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 10:22 165th Post
female stonechat a few days before lockdown . olympus omd1-mkii plus PL100-400 .taken from mobile ford 

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mondeo hide.

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 11:28 166th Post
I love it, thats a super image Jeff well done, keep well and keep shooting!



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Posted by Eric: Wed Apr 1st, 2020 16:44 167th Post
blackfox wrote:
female stonechat a few days before lockdown . olympus omd1-mkii plus PL100-400 .taken from mobile ford 

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mondeo hide
That’s a lovely image, Jeff. Cracking bird 👍.



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Posted by blackfox: Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 15:34 168th Post
thanks Eric,graham appreciated

 


Posted by blackfox: Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 15:34 169th Post
heres her partner a few minutes later 

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 16:40 170th Post
Very good again!



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Apr 9th, 2020 18:23 171st Post
Not doing so well with just my garden birds to photo this Blackbird on the bird bath was better than on the feeder. D850 500mm PF + x1.4=700mm VR 1/250sec f9 iso 1600

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Apr 9th, 2020 22:40 172nd Post
Similar set-up 850 but F8 is 700mm lens wide open and 1/250 sec hand held shows that VR does work well with this lens ISO1600 fading evening light.

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Posted by Iain: Sat Apr 11th, 2020 13:30 173rd Post
Getting a bit jealous of you guys with a garden as I’m stuck in the house with only a backyard that no birds come near because of all the cats.

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat Apr 11th, 2020 16:05 174th Post
It's not all good news Ian with all this good weather we have 3 days of catching up with the garden jobs. Today is a day of rest for the sake of the stiff bits in the back and legs! Evening light now so will get camera out to try for the evening feed time. Eric has been sending me some very interesting movie bits of gulls and hedgehog feeding.



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Posted by chrisbet: Sat Apr 11th, 2020 17:04 175th Post
We have a garden and lots of birds nesting here but also many trees so getting a clear pic of them is difficult.

There are a pair of Jays, a pair of Magpies, a pair of Blackbirds, a pair of Blue Tits, a pair of Wrens and the ubiquitous Robins as well as Doves & Pigeons. Just waiting for the Pipistrelles to come out of hibernation.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Apr 11th, 2020 22:26 176th Post
Lesser black back



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Posted by Eric: Sat Apr 11th, 2020 22:37 177th Post
And another flypast...



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Posted by Iain: Sun Apr 12th, 2020 10:37 178th Post
Time of year that those big guys are looking for young in the nest for a snack.

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun Apr 12th, 2020 11:02 179th Post
Nice one Eric! Happy Easter all, lets hope Eric's gulls do not come here and eat the little Dunnock on our bird bath.

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun Apr 12th, 2020 22:42 180th Post
I think this shows yet again how good the D850 is with this Nikon 500mm PF lens plus x1.4 This is the whole frame as shot lens fully open F5.6 but with x1.4 is F8 1/500 sec hand held with VR ISO 1250 same shot as above was cropped from this.

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun Apr 19th, 2020 10:50 181st Post
Not able to go out to photograph birds away from home so sorry to let you down but I have painted an Owl for you this week (from one of my photographs)!

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Posted by Robert: Sun Apr 19th, 2020 11:42 182nd Post
I love it Graham!

Never mind the D850, a set of paintbrushes are a brilliant substitute.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 1st, 2020 15:28 183rd Post
Got out for sea front walk today in between some serious showers. Plenty of Gulls, D850 with 500mm PF lens 1/1600 sec f20 ISO 2500.

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Posted by Eric: Mon May 4th, 2020 17:24 184th Post
I am afraid lockdown has curtailed excursions for more exotic birds And garden birds are the order of the day.....




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Posted by Eric: Mon May 4th, 2020 17:33 185th Post
The ducks have arrived for their summer holiday (one pair or another have been coming here for over 10 years). They no a soft touch ...and get a scoop of corn. Thus replete they obligingly cr*p on the patio and return to the river for a bath. Nice!

We have an ailing hedgehog with a swelling on the side of its face. It comes out prematurely before dark (not sure if it’s eyesight or timing sensor is effected). To give it a fighting chance we distribute a handful of dried mealworms in its path. The ducks however have discovered THEY like mealworms ....but are too timid to face a grunting brush. But as soon as the hog emerges about 6pm the ducks see him trundling across the lawn they give chase... they KNOW their will be mealworms.....


Isn’t their a pub called The Hog and Duck?




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Posted by jk: Mon May 4th, 2020 19:57 186th Post
Eric wrote:
The ducks have arrived for their summer holiday (one pair or another have been coming here for over 10 years). They no a soft touch ...and get a scoop of corn. Thus replete they obligingly cr*p on the patio and return to the river for a bath. Nice!

We have an ailing hedgehog with a swelling on the side of its face. It comes out prematurely before dark (not sure if it’s eyesight or timing sensor is effected). To give it a fighting chance we distribute a handful of dried mealworms in its path. The ducks however have discovered THEY like mealworms ....but are too timid to face a grunting brush. But as soon as the hog emerges about 6pm the ducks see him trundling across the lawn they give chase... they KNOW their will be mealworms.....


Isn’t their a pub called The Hog and Duck?




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Is that a hedge duck?



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Posted by Robert: Mon May 4th, 2020 21:20 187th Post
Looks like a very poorly hedgehog, that is one bad swelling.



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 4th, 2020 22:53 188th Post
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Looks like a very poorly hedgehog, that is one bad swelling. Yup.
But it’s eating well, it curls up when approached. No point in taking it to the RSPCA because their needles are too ready in cases like this. (Not a fan of that organisation)

I fully expect it not to come one day but in the meantime it still wants to eat...which is a sigh it hasn’t given up yet.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed May 6th, 2020 18:24 189th Post
Like Eric and many others we are spending lots of time in the garden. This Starling not at all bothered that I was sitting quite close with my cup of tea when it came down to drink.

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Posted by Iain: Fri May 8th, 2020 13:08 190th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Like Eric and many others we are spending lots of time in the garden. This Starling not at all bothered that I was sitting quite close with my cup of tea when it came down to drink.


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People dismiss them but they have such lovely markings.

 


Posted by Eric: Sun May 10th, 2020 18:32 191st Post
Overcast and very windy here today. Shots through dirty double glazing :thumbsdown:




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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun May 10th, 2020 18:46 192nd Post
Nice ones Eric. We are seeing some of this years starlings for first time today, also for first time a coal tit, I must try for a photo it was posing well today but camera not handy!



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 10th, 2020 20:28 193rd Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Nice ones Eric. We are seeing some of this years starlings for first time today, also for first time a coal tit, I must try for a photo it was posing well today but camera not handy! Tell me about it! I had a lovely Jackdaw land for a drink, full frame! If only I had the camera in my hand and not a coffee cup. 😆



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Posted by Iain: Mon May 11th, 2020 10:12 194th Post
There nice Eric.

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon May 11th, 2020 10:34 195th Post
Starlings feeding young this morning not my best as through window glass. Opened door and they flew away and I got told off for letting in very cold air!!! Nikon D850 with my 500mm PF lens (no x1.4) 1/640 sec f14 ISO 1600

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon May 11th, 2020 16:11 200th Post
Last pix of the day plenty of action and a few good ones missed!

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