June 17, 2012

 

A few images; nothing really all that special…

 

Nikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.6 and a 1/160 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 300mm.

I saw a red-headed woodpecker that was very cool, but he was gone by the time I got my camera.  Instead, you get this squirrel.  Note the ISO of 500…at least I learned something from my last wildlife photo shoot on June 12.

 

 

Nikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.6 and a 1/60 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 300mm.

Another failure shown for educational purposes.  The key here is how cluttered this is; the bird feeder, and the green feeding cage are totally competing with the Blue Jay for your attention.  Very poorly shot.  If you’re thinking I’m being too hard on myself, I’m not.  I know when I have a quality image, and when I don’t.  Besides, it’s good idea to show some failures here now and then.

 

Later that night, some thunderstorms arrived, so I went out and tried for some images like I shot on May 23

 

Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/10 and a 15 second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 18mm.

This is ok; nothing special.  The sky appears purple because it is purple.  Thunderstorms look black at night because there is no light, and the lightning allows you to see the real color.  The spots you see are not sensor issues; they are raindrops, which I battled for this entire shoot (very frustrating).

 

 

 

Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/10 and a 15 second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 18mm.

Here is a good reason to shoot RAW/NEF, and not JPEG.  This is straight out of the camera…do you see anything here?  Just a white, washed out streak on the right side that might be a lightning bolt…so let’s take this into post-processing:

 

Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/10 and a 15 second shutter speed.  ISO 200.  Focal length: 18mm.

Oh, it IS a lightning bolt.  This is the same image from above, but adjusted through post-processing.  It was a rather close strike, and it was so bright, my exposure settings were overwhelmed (even though I was at F/10).  By shooting in RAW, I was able to salvage an image.  Trying to do that with a JPEG would not be as successful.  You can see even more raindrops on this (I probably should have Photoshopped them out).  I was shooting with a dishcloth over my camera in an attempt to keep that one lucky raindrop from destroying my D5000.  I also had to constantly wipe my lens…this was not a fun shoot…

 

all images © Scott Woelm – June 2012