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    Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    First conclusion: I need to work out. The weight of this 7D and 100-400mm lens is kicking me!

    I'm pleased with my progress and don't really have anything to ask because I'm still practicing all the great advice you guys have already given me in this previous thread.

    -Tracking is giving me the biggest fits - trying to keep the center point on the bird. I'm really unsteady but getting better.

    -Also still getting used to high speed shutter release. You'd think that one would be easy. But when I do execute it I end up with one picture in frame and multiple pictures with parts of birds (See point #1 )

    This is cropped - about 1/3 off bottom and right. Really having a hard time convincing those birds to fill the frame.

    1/2000, F6.3, ISO 800, 400mm
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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Hi Terri,

    Maybe you should try the Sigma 1000mm.

    Tracking/Panning is never easy, a long lens makes it much more difficult.

    But when I do execute it I end up with one picture in frame and multiple pictures with parts of birds
    You should try that with a camera with EVF.

    Beautiful shot.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Hi Terri. Glad to see you are overcoming the issues. Surely, this one looks a lot better! Higher speed, lower ISO, center point on bird and filling the frame with bird (as much as posible), reducing crop. I think that's key for in flight bird shots.

    Very well done and keep'em coming!

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Quote Originally Posted by terrib View Post
    Really having a hard time convincing those birds to fill the frame.
    Place a mouse on top of your lens.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    Place a mouse on top of your lens.
    Now why haven't I thought of that?

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    Place a mouse on top of your lens.
    I guess you'd use the 12-24mm for that Mike?

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    I think you have surpassed my efforts Terri

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Excellent image, sharp, nice light. Good work Terri, practice makes perfect.

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    Sweet work, Terri.

    Huge improvement already. Looking forward to more of the same. To bring the hawks close, I shot a squirrel and tied it to a tree branch and waited, and waited.... Creeped my wife out and I never got a single shot. I got one fly-over but he just kept on going. Don't know if there are better baiting techniques. Looks like good old-fashioned hard work to me.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Very nice image.

    I like Mike's idea of the mouse on the lens.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Y'all are so helpful and supportive. Love this forum.

    Mike, I'll start training a mouse right away.

    Kevin, I thought about putting a few feathers on a stick. But I'm not sure where I cross the line on interfering with them. I worry that my continual presence up there could even disrupt their hunting habits. But maybe they just get used to me...

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Yeah, the tracking thing's tough. Just in case--you are shooting with both eyes open, yes?

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Quote Originally Posted by inkista View Post
    Yeah, the tracking thing's tough. Just in case--you are shooting with both eyes open, yes?
    I am working on that. It's really hard to break that habit of squeezing the other eye closed. I'm surprised I haven't developed more crows feet on my right eye. When I told my husband that tip, he couldn't believe I was closing one eye. Having experience using a rifle scope, he never closes his.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Well this one is definately sharp. Did you ever consider that no one else is any better than you, and definately not as honest

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    I just have to mention that after posting more than 3200 messages, none has been so well received as my idea of placing a mouse on top of the lens barrel. That speaks volumes about the quality of my first 3200 posts.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Nicely done, Terri!

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Great shot Terri !

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Looks very good Terri, got lots of detail under the wings and head is sharp. Difficult exposure (always) since you are shooting the shaded side of the bird .. light comes from the top ... so more exposure is needed and that will wash out the sky. All a compromise .. did great. btw if the bird ends up looking a bit dark underside, don't like opening the shadows in PS since it will come out muddy looking, best to expose properly.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    Thanks all for taking the time to comment and help.

    Mike, you crack me up.

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    Re: Another Northern Harrier - but sharper - improving!

    You are there...

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