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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 6 January 2013

IDEAL FOR DEER. (06/01/13)

We were out at first light this morning there wasn’t a breath of wind so it was ideal for Deer stalking. I mounted the big lens on a monopod and set the camera to manual 400 ISO, 1/500s, f2.8. with or without the stabilizer switched on it was much better than yesterday.

The deer never saw us and we never saw the Deer.

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IMG_0002_edited-1     Little wonder…..it was thick as a bag out there.

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IMG_0006_edited-1   Not a morning for pictures. The PS lens distortion thingy gets rid of the vignette so that is a problem less.

I’ll have to investigate a way of spreading the load. The lens strap is just too painful. KEITH has a sort of dog harness contraption he wears. I’ll have to investigate the matter.

I’ll try to post if I have anything to post but am travelling this week.

I wish you all the best.

32 comments:

  1. Adrian, with or without Deer those foggy shots are amazing.
    If you are findiong that the strap is giving problems, have you ever thought about using a black rapid strap? Ive got the RS sport version and it helps incredibly.

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    1. Shaun many thanks....I'll have a look at it.

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  2. It certainly coped with the fog Adrian.

    I went out this morning to a reservoir. Thick fog, and it got thicker. No pictures.

    I'm not sure if the harness I use would be comfortable with Bertha. Worth a try though. Mine is for 2 cameras, one either side. The single one may well balance the weight better.

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    1. Keith, Focusing was lightening quick I'm very pleased. The vignetting is a past problem. I've now found a setting in the camera that sorts it. It knows what lens is on it. Was me being a Muppet.
      It's nice to use on a monopod but a real pain to carry. I'll get something sorted.

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  3. Really worth trying, I love it. Have you tried it on autofocus?

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    1. Yes Bob. I have it set to centre spot focus and it's really quick even in fog. If I have all the focus points active it hunts around a bit.

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  4. Looks like, bit by bit, you're getting it sorted Adrian. Don't know about the carrying side of it tho' it's going to be heavy, and awkward, however you do it...not good for long treks, me thinks!

    I've set my camera up so that I can change the focus points around with the little joystick thingy, I guess you should have the facility to do the same on your camera....for the life of me I can't remember how I did it but the instruction book should tell you, it's a handy little feature.

    Safe travelling...[;o)

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    1. A fisherman's trolley would be one solution. A Sherpa or Coolie another.
      I had mine set up for the jiggling stick but find it easier to focus and recompose.

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  5. It looks like this is learning photography all over again. Things like this make us refocus and come up with a better plan. sometimes we need to be shook out of the old comfort zone.

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    1. It is getting easier. I'll read the book again. I enjoy the challenge.

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  6. Looks somehow familiar. (Weather not much different here!)

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  7. I think that in the back of the Canon book that comes with this lens, is a list of local gyms that you can join, so as you can get the best out of it. I loved you post from yesterday.....women!! Keep trying.

    peter

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    1. Peter, I have been racking my brains to recall any woman I've known who didn't find me very trying.

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  8. If you didn't see any deer there's no knowing if they didn't see you first. However It's good to see the vignetting is cured. That lens is looking more and more attractive as the posts go by. A remotely operated mini quad bike sort of thing might be what you need for the equipment. the dogs could hitch a lift if they got tired. You are an imaginative engineering sort of a chap. I'm sure you could work it out and your Raspberry Pi could be used somewhere perhaps. Just a thought to keep you occupied during the long summer days when you are not travelling. Mind you if you are in Scotland the tourists won't be such a problem as in England. You are unlikely to meet all two hundred on the same day. Travel safely.

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    1. Graham there is...the dogs would know had they been there.
      Aye or Ayr...I could swap tourists for midges and clegs.
      I suspect the only way to shift it is in a rucksack. I'm not thinking of taking it too far from base.

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  9. I think you had great weather for photography! Wow, those shot are GREAT! Just different from the ones where you can 'see' everything!

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    1. Katherine, It would have been wonderful to get up on the moor and look down at the mist.
      You can always recreate the effect in PS or purists can breathe on the lens.

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    1. Horst, I'm getting there. I will now start trying out the other 50% of the controls.

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  11. Great shot of the tree with fog! My first visit to your blog and I'm impressed that you write about your equipment and settings...that helps ups beginners. Enjoy the day!

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    1. It's good to see you pop by.
      These settings were just a guess. I shoot Raw&JPEG. with Raw I have a good stop and a bit either way to push or pull exposure. Same as film really. The JPEG images are just for cataloguing.

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  12. I love that tree in the mist....

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    1. Annie, it is an impressive old Oak.

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  13. Love the shot of the tree in the mist ... I'm the deer that you never got to see ... lucky me ... will explain later ... maybe ... Love, cat.

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    1. Cat, Deer or Dear? It was not a very inspiring morning. The tree saved the day.

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  14. That looks like a beautiful morning, even without the deer. Good travels!

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    1. JoLynne. Felt like the end of the world to me. Damp cool and horrible. It's horses for courses.

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  15. Canon lenses with ultrasonic focussing motors are very fast Quite atmospheric foggy photos.

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  16. The fog creates some wonderful, and maybe a little eerie, images.
    Hope you get some deer on next outing.

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  17. What a beautiful set Adrian...I especially love that top one..the branches are so artistic and your focusing technique gives it a lovely story and mood..Happy New Year !! Linda :-)

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  18. Belated Happy New Year Adrian!
    Back on Blogger...
    Lovely shots, I think that mist gives a special touch to photos! ;-)

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