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    All fairly quiet currently so one from the archive.

    With hindsight, I should have upped the ISO for more SS and moved the camera a tad more to the right, but in the heat of the moment... Some may want more DoF too, but here I just wanted focus on the head, having the carcass/legs fully in focus I don't think was needed.

    Thanks to those who commented or viewed the last posting.

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    Subject: Sparrow hawk (f) (Accipiter nisus)
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    Camera: Canon EOS R5
    Lens: EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM
    Exposure: 1/640s at f/6.3 ISO6400
    Original format: Portrait, FF width, cropped for presentation
    Processed via: LRCC 12.5 & PS 24.5


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    I was surprised at your SS I thought you would have gone faster.
    I appreciate you point regarding DOF but from a personal POV I would have preferred more, I find the soft legs a little distracting, other than that it looks very good indeed, super colours!
    I appreciate we all have our favourite working practices but what is wrong with setting camera to Manual mode and Auto ISO, I just can't think of anything more simple - why worry about ISO I don't get it. The way I look at it is ... I need a certain SS and I decide on a certain aperture.... the ISO is what it turns out to be - automatically and immediately determined by camera.

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    Hi Jon, thanks for commenting and let me try and answer your feedback.

    I was surprised at your SS I thought you would have gone faster.
    At the time of shooting, it was 'suggested' that having more MPx's the higher ISO wasn't great and so I was keeping it within a range that I knew I could deal with any noise to deliver a crisp file. SS of 1/640 was in old money OK, as the theory was the length of lens gave you minimum SS ie 500mm lens you needed 1/500, however having more MPX's ie 45 you do need more SS to avoid pixel shift, but the kit was bolted down.


    I appreciate you point regarding DOF but from a personal POV I would have preferred more, I find the soft legs a little distracting, other than that it looks very good indeed, super colours!
    Again, down to balancing ISO, SS & aperture, and to a degree personal preference, as previous posting with more DoF highlight more 'guts' so this just gave me an option to focus more on the head only.


    I appreciate we all have our favourite working practices but what is wrong with setting camera to Manual mode and Auto ISO
    Surprised you asked this Jon, as I have been shooting manual for over 13 years and Auto ISO, plus, I was the one who got you and everyone in Wildlife to shoot Auto ISO.


    I just can't think of anything more simple - why worry about ISO I don't get it.
    Jon, I'm very puzzled on this, for the last two months I have been posting images that have exceeded most ISO postings, saying exactly that, think of ISO as a number endeavouring folk to push the ISO. Only myself and Andreas have pushed ISO ie 25.600 - 40,000 on a regular basis, Will now has also enter the frame and understands the benefits, however dynamic range drops. I now know how far I can push the R3 & R5, but at the time of taking this, as I said, I was being more conservative.


    The way I look at it is ... I need a certain SS and I decide on a certain aperture.... the ISO is what it turns out to be - automatically and immediately determined by camera.
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    Hi Steve,

    I don't feel qualified to get into the discussion about depth of filed and the choice of shutter speed vs ISO - it is a matter of personal preference.

    The sharp bird looks great against the darker background - nice posture and attitude of the Sparrowhawk - just pausing briefly to look up from her meal.

    You have chosen a different image design to how I would have chosen - to my taste, I would have reduced the amount of foreground log and feathers as I feel it being so sharp, it draws my attention from the bird.

    Happily we all do things different!

    Thanks for sharing, Gerald

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    Steve thanks for replying... but from what I recall I was using Auto ISO before you were!!

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    Looks good here. Lovely details and sharp where it matters. I don't mind the crop. I like the fallen feathers. The facial expression and eye say it all. Perfect BG. Nice one Steve.

    Will

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    Thanks guys, much appreciated.
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    Hi Steve, nice image of a Sparrow Hawk. Techs as always spot on. I read your comment regarding the depth of field and focusing on the head, looking at the image I find myself wishing the legs were in focus. Thank you for sharing.
    Joe Przybyla

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