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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


For those of you who have been around for a few years, you know this is my favorite time of year at the local pond. The vegetation changes a bit each year, and unfortunately it's very dense this year which makes it difficult to get clean BG's and reflections... so these are a little "busier" than past years. It's still a beautiful place and the late afternoon light can be magical.

*** NEW LENS ***
These were all taken with the newly acquired Nikon 200-500. I bought this lens specifically for these pond sessions where the birds will often forage quite close to me. That didn't happen this session, but I came away very impressed with the performance of this lens. Thanks Nikon.

D500 ~ Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 ~ Handheld ~ Processed in PSCC ~ Exif Intact

All C&C are greatly encouraged and most appreciated... and thanks for looking at what I love to do.

Kirk







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May 17, 2017 at 03:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond



Fabulous work, Kirk

Amit



May 17, 2017 at 03:50 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Stunning images Kirk. The very best Black-necked Stilt shots I've seen. You have to be quite pleased with these. Now you are causing me to rethink my not having gotten this 200-500 lens.


May 17, 2017 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Stunning and beautiful images, Kirk! Wonderful work here!
Keith W.



May 17, 2017 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Amazing, Kirk.

Pius



May 17, 2017 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Beautiful, clean, sharp images, Kirk.

Would be interesting to see how the 300 f4 PF plus 1.4x TC would compare.

Tony



May 17, 2017 at 07:02 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Stellar set, Kirk! Each is a beauty with great perspective, gorgeous light, reflections and clean water. Not to mention those agile and delicate-looking little stilts. Feather detail is wonderful.

No wonder you like that place this time of year! I'm just a little jealous as our similar places are already "skudgey" with algae, despite our cool / cold spring.

Enjoy that new lens; looks just right for that setting.

Thanks for posting.

--Kim



May 17, 2017 at 09:18 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Very nice results.......for a Nikon!!!!!!
Excellent indeed. Love #1.
Don



May 17, 2017 at 12:10 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Excellent pix. I always felt that the bokeh from the 200-500 was class leading and was easily comparable to the expensive primes, especially in good light. You have just proved that point right.
Thanks for sharing.



May 17, 2017 at 02:22 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Hi Kirk...

Beautiful set of photographs, well-seen and processed. You've got that camera/lens combo working for you wonderfully.

Thanks
Tom



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


All great but #1 stands out. The Ballet Dancer.


May 17, 2017 at 05:17 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Wow! These are awesome....Bill


May 17, 2017 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


louie champan wrote:
Stunning images Kirk. The very best Black-necked Stilt shots I've seen. You have to be quite pleased with these. Now you are causing me to rethink my not having gotten this 200-500 lens.


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Imagemaster wrote:
Beautiful, clean, sharp images, Kirk.

Would be interesting to see how the 300 f4 PF plus 1.4x TC would compare.

Tony


Thanks so much for the good words guys, most appreciated.

Louie if you have any scenario where this lens fits your needs, then you should get one IMO. My copy didn't require any MA at all on my D500, and for static birds it is very, very sharp wide open even at 500mm... anything less than 500mm is tack sharp wide open. It doesn't focus quite as fast as my 500 f/4, but it still does very well for BIF.

Tony, many have produced wonderful work with the 300 f/4 PF with and without the newest TC, and is probably as good or better than the 200-500 at those focal lengths. I believe Steve Perry did a comparison.

The 200-500 is not a perfect lens of course, but the performance it produces at that price is impressive, and a tremendous value IMO.

Kirk



May 17, 2017 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


My favorite is #4, something about the angles maybe, images look as crystal clear as the water looks. Must say I've never seen these, so that is something to see as well.


May 17, 2017 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Hi Kirk,
I think I might qualify under the "being around for a few years" criteria (although I have not been very active on FM for a while now). I always marvelled at how you got such great pics from your 300 and the TC and am delighted to view these great images and see that you are continuing your quality images with the 200-500.
Cheers and hope you are keeping well.
Martin



May 17, 2017 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


All are beauties, thanks for sharing.


May 17, 2017 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


These are a delight to view Kirk

Morris



May 17, 2017 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


lovely images Kirk


May 17, 2017 at 10:42 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


another super set Kirk. The lens is definitely in the right hands! It also works very with the Peregrine Falcons...


May 18, 2017 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · A Beautiful Spring Afternoon at the Pond


Kirk, looks like your new glass is working just fine in your hands. Nice colors, sharpness and reflections.

-Tim



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