Found the Kingfisher! [added shot]

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Cropped. Raw Developer. SD15, 50-500 OS @ 413mm  – ISO100  1/50s (this shot was added after article was posted so text talks about below shot only)

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SD15 @ ISO1000 (pushed from ISO400), 50-500 @ 500mm

I drove to the same spot today, alone. And it was empty (normally there are plenty of photographers and interested waiting for the kingfisher to show), I turned off my cars engine before reaching the spot so that the bird, if present, wouldn’t be scared. From my window I could see the water and there, on a little stick that others had prepared for people like me, there he was! Sky was cloudy and everything was thick grey – a couple of degrees plus and wet.

I did as I saw others do the day before, I opened the cars window and used the window as support for the Sigma 50-500 OS lens. Distance was a bit too much but I got close enough to see the bird. This shot came out heavily under exposed – shot at ISO400 but pushed 1.5 stops in SPP so it’a really around ISO1000. It’s shot at 500mm so you can imagine that I was sitting pretty far away from this little bird. I couldn’t take more as he flew pretty short after my arrival.

Next time, I wonder if I could hide a couple of flashes somewhere.. I wonder if that would scare him off? hmm.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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7 Responses to Found the Kingfisher! [added shot]

  1. Clive says:

    Nice picture, Carl. It feels more than a little Asian. With Swedish colours ;)

    Clive

    • haha, well, yes. I can see why you say that. I must say that this bird is really exotic to me – it’s much more beautiful in real life and one day, in good light I will take a much better photo of it. Right now it’s really a pale copy of reality.

  2. Toby says:

    Hey Carl
    First of all, i like all of youre pictures very much and these two are a kind of brilliant!

    I didn’t get this ISO thing you’ve mentioned, may you explain me how you push the ISO with the exposure in SPP?

    Thanks a lot
    Toby

  3. Toby says:

    sorry doublepost

  4. Hi Toby, I have explained it a bit in one of my “learn SPP” movies.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmYxkhL4rV4

    See if you understand it better from that one, it’s the same with this shot but the other way around. :) Instead of starting with a too bright image I started with a too dark one. You should of course try to expose correctly instead of doing like me BUT sometimes you get a good shot with the wrong settings and then it’s a good thing to know how to repair.

  5. Toby says:

    Thanks a lot !
    Keep on posting stuff about Sigma cameras on the foveon, i love the job you do.

  6. Toby, it’s my pleasure!

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