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Exotic bird in monochrome and high iso

This image was taken to test the high iso performance on both a Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens with a 1.4 teleconverter and the Nikon D300 camera. THe noise level was surprisingly low on this shot, please see the below info for the details on this shot.

Location: Columbia, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Nikkor 1.4 teleconverter.
Camera settings: f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 1600, focal length 280mm, camera was hand held and this image was shot with no flash, total shade and the sun was almost to set so the total available light was extremely low. TIP: I waited for the gorgeous bird to drink from the pool of water, then snapped several images using the light reflected from the water’s surface to provide the fill light.

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6 responses

  1. looks majestic

    April 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

    • Thanks Irfan, I thought the same thing when I found this guy.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  2. Great shot considering the conditions. I am surprised as well at the level of noise with such a high ISO. Well done.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:46 am

    • Thanks Dave, I was pretty pleased the D300 could perform like this in low light, but it still pales in comparison to my D700! Hoping for the D800 this year!

      April 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  3. I have also made shots of the Grey Crowned Crane that I have never let anyone see. Maybe it’s time that I do something with them.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    • Do something with them man! These are such majestic birds…I am hoping to try a couple of these in HDR, so we will see..good luck and please let me know so I can have a look as well.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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