Saturday, August 14, 2010

Whitetail Time

We had a great weekend with daughter's family along Pine Creek last weekend.  The grandadughters played in Pine Creek, we biked and we went animal looking.  We saw 8 different bears and they were difficult to get pictures of due to the time of day and they were in woods. I did get a few shots at 2000 ISO and 3200 ISo, but shutter speeds were low and the pictures were not crisp.  One thing we observed was 4 different sets of triplet fawns and many sets of twins.  This is certainly encouraging for future deer populations.

here is one of the does that came out well at 2000 ISO:

Next is one fawn from a set of triplets--they showed off for teh grand daughters for quite a while:

Here is a bear at 2000 ISO and low shutter speed. He has two ear tags-so may be a nuisance bear?

One thing to remember when shooting at 800 ISO or higher is to keep the histogram to teh right without bowing out the details.  By doing that-detail will be maximized with minimum noise for that ISO level.

Until next time

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Anonymous said...

Fabulous photos! Thnks for sharing.

Adrienne Zwart said...

Hi, Jim. These are wonderful! As far as the histogram goes, do you do that in camera or during the processing? (I'm still learning.)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comments. You control the histogram in the camera for best results. I shoot aperture priority. I take shots and look at histogram on back of camera and then adjust exposure compensation to push the histogram to the right--but keep it from "blowing out" the highlights.

Also, I only shoot raw so that I preserve all the information about an image that is possible with the camera.

feel free to email me with any questions. jim51(at)


Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Lovely shots and great tips, thanks :)

Cheryl said...

What lovely photos of the deer! I have never seen a bear and don't intend to! It sounds as if your visit was a great one.

Adrienne Zwart said...

Thanks, Jim. I prefer aperture priority mode also. I'll have to figure out how to view the histogram. Right now, the display shows the aperture, f-stop, ISO, RAW and the amount of battery left. Time to break out the manual again. :) Thanks for the e-mail, too. I look forward to learning from you!

Willard said...

Hi Jim,

It looks like you had a good trip. It is amazing what the newer DSLRS will do at high iSO settings in poor light. I think 800 is better on the 7D than 100 was on the 10D.

You are probably correct about how the ear tags came to be on the black bear.