View Full Version : Mountsberg - Birds of Prey

04-27-2012, 12:54 AM
American Kestrel

04-27-2012, 12:55 AM

04-27-2012, 12:57 AM
Great Horned Owl

04-27-2012, 12:59 AM
Eastern Screech Owl

04-27-2012, 01:01 AM
Bald Eagle

04-27-2012, 01:03 AM
Red Tailed Hawk

04-27-2012, 01:05 AM
Perigon Falcon

04-27-2012, 01:23 AM
Wow - quite a lesson in predatory birds. Those owls are cool looking but you cant go past the majesty of the eagle. I wouldn't want to be a mouse when these guys got together. Great set

04-27-2012, 02:07 AM
Very interesting set, asnow!

04-27-2012, 09:37 AM
Very impressive collection.

04-27-2012, 11:26 AM
I agree - I really like this collection!
These things are so personal but my faves are the Merlins. Crazy "sad" expression in their eyes. Wonderful selective focus as well!

04-27-2012, 01:38 PM
These are excellent and interesting. Each shot presents a slightly different perspective which makes them all interesting. They are so sharp, especially the eyes and feather details. Isn't this the shoot you rented the 70-200 lens for? Any comments on the lens? Which one did you have (f/4 or f/2.8?).

Mad Aussie
04-27-2012, 04:02 PM
I love the cute American Kestrel! Looks like a young one. Nice shots!

04-27-2012, 05:33 PM
Thanks everyone.

mbragger - Yes this is the shoot I rented the Canon 70-200 f2.8 for. It was the rev 1 version. Love that lens as it is so sharp and focuses so much faster than my kit lens. It is however a heavy sucker so I used a monopod to take these pictures.

04-27-2012, 11:26 PM
All fantastic shots. The bokeh in the shallow DOF ones is beautiful. I have that lens, and will tolerate the weight because of the fantastic shots. Now, you know, you want to buy that lense :) The F4 version is also supposed to be very good and a lot lighter(and cheaper), but obviously not as fast.

04-28-2012, 06:11 AM
All beautifully done Asnow. Very nice use of shallow dof also.
As Antz said. You can pick up an f4 version of this lens, and it is usually just a tad sharper than the f2.8 version, along with being lighter. I have the f2.8 version and really, how often do I "really" need the 2.8???? I would say, if you really enjoy that focal range, save up some pennies and buy a good used f4 version.
There is also the new L version of the 70-300 that is getting excellent reviews also. Not as fast, but more reach.

04-28-2012, 12:02 PM
Thanks AntZ and HBG. I will definitely consider you suggestions. I may rent one or both of these and give them a try in order to figure out what is the more suitable lens for me. As for the speed of the f2.8, HBG you are probably right, I did shoot most of these pictures at f5.6 and iso 200. Mind you I was only about 10 meters (yards) away from them so maybe the extra reach of the 70-300 would be more suitable when out in the wild.

Anybody have any suggestions on good places to buy used lenses?

p.s. The other lens I really want to buy is the 10-22. I've rented it twice and really love that lens. That would give me three good lenses (10-22, 50 1.4 prime, and 70-200(or 300)) and that should handle 'most' situations.

04-29-2012, 08:39 PM
All great shots but the Kestrel:thumbup: is way cute