02/24/08

Airoli Today

Low tide again in the morning but Rakesh and I went to Airoli in any case. As luck would have it the waders were pretty far away. But I managed a coupla Redshank pics at eyelevel by climbing down on to a beached boat. The Black Capped Kingfisher flew past but perched on the mangroves on the far side, too far for any photography.

This time I took a reading from the camera meter and then set the histogram. The incident meter was giving me 1/4000 th of a second at F4.5 whereas , the camera meter metering a midtone gave me 1/1250th of a second at F4.8. The histo was to the right and the highlights held as well. I went by the camera meter and histogram this time.

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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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2008�224 09:19:29.7
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11250 sec - F4.8
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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2008�224 09:20:23.7
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11250 sec - F4.8
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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As the waders moved away I clicked a boats and a rope

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Nikon D2X
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2008/02/24 09:42:55
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1/640 sec - F/5.6
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Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 105mm
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2008�224 09:56:13.5
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150 sec - F18
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Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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I saw a few crabs coming out of the mud and here is what I got

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Nikon D2X
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2008�224 10:03:27.5
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125 sec - F8
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 105mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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2008�224 10:10:16.4
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RAW (12-bit)
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
AF Mode: AF-C
Hue Adjustment: 0°
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1180 sec - F8
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Saturation: Normal
Color
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Moral of the story today, Get to eye level and set the exposure after reading the histogram 🙂

02/9/08

Lesser Sand Plovers !

Today was supposed to be a birding on a boat at Airoli mangroves. My good friend Kishore Bhargava was along as well and it was fun shooting with him. But, low tide it was and that was the end of the planned boat trip. The boat yard near the bridge did have a lot of waders (mostly Lesser Sand Plovers) and we spent the morning birding right at the boatyard itself. On the far side of the creek we spotted flamingos and a host of other birds but, way too far to id.

Got a beauty sighting of a Black Capped kingfisher right on early. Just too far to fill more of the frame 🙁 I could have used a 1500mm lens and still find it short !

All shots D2X , HSC mode, 300mm 2.8 VR + TC 17EII on a tripod. VR OFF. Manual Exposure Mode.

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Nikon D2X
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2008�2�9 09:30:27.9
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11250 sec - F9
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Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
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Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Of course got the regular static stint shots

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Nikon D2X
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2008�2�9 09:42:44.6
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11250 sec - F9
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Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On (Normal)
2008�2�9 09:47:40.6
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11250 sec - F9
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
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Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Then I tried to get a few fight shots of the stints trying to protect their feeding territories.

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Nikon D2X
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2008�2�9 09:42:20.9
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11250 sec - F9
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Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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Long Exposure NR: Off
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2008�2�9 09:56:41.8
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Hue Adjustment: 0°
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11250 sec - F9
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Long Exposure NR: Off
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2008�2�9 09:56:42
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11250 sec - F9
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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A Few landings

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Nikon D2X
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2008�2�9 11:01:52.3
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12000 sec - F8
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Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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2008�2�9 11:02:15.2
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12000 sec - F8
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
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Color
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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All in all a serious fun morning 🙂 and it sure was great to be shooting again 😀

I used the Sekonic 308s lightmeter exclusively today for all these shots. Under these conditions ( very bright sunlight, these pics were under by 1.5 ~ 1.8 stops. This surprised me a bit even though I am aware from my previous experience that the lightmeter exposure does tend to be a shade underexposed for my taste. I prefer the shots right shifted cause the files then tend to have minimum noise. Lesson learnt, use histogram on the camera 😀 . I do plan to do a little investigation on this the next time I am out shooting .

01/6/08

Gulled Out @ Airoli

Today was supposed to be a a new route …via a boat thru the Airoli mangroves. The tide was out at 8 A.M and when Rakesh and I reached the place there was no boatman either. A mobile call to Girish Vaze and we got the mobile number of the boatman ( talk of this country pretty much “running on” and “because of” the mobile network !). When we asked which boat, the boatman pointed to us a rather beaten up wooden boat which was beached. The boat looked like a relic and not something that might have actually sailed ! Manju mentioned that to me and I asked the boatman if that relic actually sailed ..and..not surprisingly, he didnt like that question one bit ! I then qualified my question by showing him the splayed bow of the boat where the planks were “springing out” of, what should’ve been a nice n tight bow. He mumbled about doing some repairs. Suddenly, Manju was least interested in the boat. The tide would be high enough only by 10 A.M for the boat to cast off, sand hence, we decided to potter around Airoli and find a few gulls, mostly expecting pretty much a wash out day. Gulls we did find and, we finally took out our cameras for the first time this year 🙂 . I had not been shooting much the last few months and, it felt seriously good to get behind the viewfinder once again 🙂

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Nikon D2X
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2008�1�6 09:38:49.1
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11250 sec - F4.8
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 320
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Long Exposure NR: Off
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2008�1�6 09:45:48.7
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11000 sec - F8
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Color
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 320
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 500mm
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Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off
2008�1�6 09:56:03
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White Balance: Color Temp. (5900 K) 
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1800 sec - F8
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Color
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Sharpening: Medium high
Lens: VR 300mm F2.8 G
Sensitivity: ISO 320
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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Nikon D2X
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2008�1�6 09:58:57.1
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12000 sec - F6.3
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Sensitivity: ISO 320
Image Comment: (c)Krishnan V                       
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