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Keeping Sextuplets in Line is Like Herding Cats
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Snack Time Mommy and Babies -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2800 — full exif
Snack Time
Mommy and Babies

This morning I heard a duck outside that sounded more like the jarring alarm that a telephone makes when it's been left off the hook too long. I looked out to see a mommy duck with six fuzzy babies slowly making their way down the river.

Funky Reflections that remind me of yesterday's “amorphous wavy lines” quiz -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 360 — full exif
Funky Reflections
that remind me of yesterday's “amorphous wavy lines” quiz
About To Take the Plunge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 170 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 720 — full exif
About To Take the Plunge
Thar She Goes! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1000 — full exif
Thar She Goes!

This is exactly the spot that the movie crew seen in the “Just One More and We'll Call it a Wrap” post was filming. It would have been fortuitous if the duckies had come when they were here.

Mommy Follows once all the babies are through -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 — full exif
Mommy Follows
once all the babies are through

After the mommy went, she started making that insistent off-the-hook sound again, and I realized that it's her calling her babies to her. To get to this part of the river, they had to come down a four-foot waterfall just up from where I first noticed them, so the sound I heard had been her calling them to her after that.

Making a Bee Line to the group of three babies who had gone first -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 95 mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2200 — full exif
Making a Bee Line
to the group of three babies who had gone first
Together Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 240 mm cropped — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3200 — full exif
Together Again

Comments so far....

Cuuuuuuuuute!

— comment by Marcina, USA on April 20th, 2010 at 5:08am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I just found this page after asking on one of your earlier pages if you had any wildlife shots with the new Bigma. The pics above are somewhat helpful, but the downy feathers of the baby ducks on moving, reflective water would represent a challenging view for most lenses to obtain a decent example. Just wondering if you could take some shots of more mature birds in trees and in flight, etc. ?

Again, thanks for these great examples. They are VERY helpful!

Craig

The lens has the ability to take fairly sharp photos… it’s not in the same class as a prime, but it’s amazing given it’s a 10× zoom and costs less than $2,000. But its ability to take fairly sharp photos of birds in flight will be strongly limited by the user’s skill, and in my case that would be a pretty big limitation, and so the results would tell you nothing about the lens. —Jeffrey

— comment by Craig on April 27th, 2010 at 1:23am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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