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This is one of the Egrets I befriended last summer. Her name is Quetzalcˇatl . She'd come to the pond early with eleven other white witches, fish for about 1/2 hr, and then they'd all fly off before the Sun hit the pond.

Uniform low light Egret photography has some exposure advantages, however, the absence of good contrast on the bird makes AF difficult, particularly so when shooting them in flight. Having a fast lens such as 400 f/2.8 helps with low light AF. 1DXII should offer some advantage over 1DX in that regard too, because its low light AF sensitivity spec has been improved (-3 EV from -2 EV).

(I tried comparing low light/contrast AF effectiveness on such egrets using two setups as follows: 7DII + 500 II, and 1DX + 500 II. Although on paper 7DII has its AF system rated at (-3EV) and 1DX is (-2 EV), I could not determine any decisive practical AF advantage of the 7DII based setup. However, after doing some more controlled tests at home, I did eventually manage to see that 7DII could AF in a bit lower light than 1DX.)

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Mar 16, 2017 at 09:08 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


I was expecting to see this Peter,








Mar 16, 2017 at 09:50 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Pixel Perfect wrote:
I was expecting to see this Peter,



Yes, of course, however, in the 2nd shot the elongated body of the Egret reminded me of the mythical Winged serpent.



Mar 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Almost ethereal these are, Peter. I feel like I'm that moment, silent, seeing her glide by.

Beauty, for sure.

Thanks for posting.

--Kim



Mar 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Well done, Peter. I especially like the 2nd because of the BG. Thanks for the info.


Mar 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Thank you Kim and Vic.
Kim is right, watching those creatures move and fly about in dusky light is a bit of a surreal experience.
When it comes to AF-ing on the Egret front (i.e., head) that is difficult even in the brightest of light, let alone in low light.

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Mar 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Love the first two.


Mar 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Great shots Peter ~ Ron


Mar 16, 2017 at 12:17 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Peter, always appreciated the intro you give for your pictures. Love the dark background on the first picture. Keep on sending the great pictures.

Pixel Perfect, nice reply!!

Rick



Mar 17, 2017 at 12:37 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Excellent set Peter. It takes a fast photographer in these circumstances.

Morris



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Very impressive captures of this albino pijun, Pareng Pete!


Mar 17, 2017 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Beautiful, graceful and lovely.

Birdie



Mar 17, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


nice lookin set Peter


Mar 17, 2017 at 10:18 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


You do a lot of "tech" work on your equipment. I just go with what I got and hope it works. These have a nice look and would look very striking on a wall!
Don



Mar 17, 2017 at 01:46 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


DonGut wrote:
You do a lot of "tech" work on your equipment. I just go with what I got and hope it works. These have a nice look and would look very striking on a wall!
Don


Thanx Don. To be honest with you, I prefer to not test anything, however, here and there I get bogged down by problems, like the setup doesn't AF well, so in the process of struggling with it, sometimes I learn a thing or two new to me.



Mar 17, 2017 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Love the set Peter


Mar 17, 2017 at 02:16 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Pixel Perfect wrote:
I was expecting to see this Peter,


... or a picture of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, you never know these days with all the feverish activity in cloning of prehistoric wildlife ;-)

Should not be too difficult to take pictures off, as long as you can avoid being eaten ;-)

Anyway, these are beautiful and very gracious images; would love to see them glide by in real life.



Mar 17, 2017 at 04:39 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Lovely white feather flying object, Peter.

-Tam



Mar 17, 2017 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Beautiful+++
Niall



Mar 17, 2017 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 1DX/400 II shoots Quetzalcˇatl in flight


Very, VeRy special and I don't do birds however after viewing these I am tempted. Especially impressed with the lighting. All white is very difficult. Bright sun wouldn't make these subtle tones possible.


Mar 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM







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