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Yesterday I went great blue herons photo hunting with my Kayak.I learned right fast that this is the wrong aproach..

All along the shore there were huge bassboats with fisherman on it and they were moving very slow with the power of there electric trolling motors so basicaly very quiet, And even though they were big the herons didnt quit got spooked as fast..

But with my unthreatening kayak I assumed thet I could get even closer.... wrong !! The movement of the kayak paddle above water really set them of to flight..

Ok, now to today, since I'm on vacation from work I went with one of my colleague from work to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky so I took my kit lens, a tamron 1.4 X T,C also I wanted to try my daughters old Sigma 28-80 and also for flower shot I brought my Sigma 105 macro..

We did the usual landscape and macro shots all afternoon in this awesome erea..

When evening came we decided to put the kayak into Mill Creek lake at Natural Bridge State park and just end the day with a lesurely cruise.......

So I decided I only will bring my kit lens and the 28-80 and off we went....

Pretty soon we got to the end of the lake.... and what do you know......two Great gray Heron where meandering about, I didnt even bothered much to take pictures of those guys since we kinda were far off an sure enough they flew of in no time. So went on untill we reached the end of the lake..

Then we turned arond and slowly paddled back toward the dock..

Suddenly we came across the Herons again, this time we put the paddle away and just used a small Canoe padle and slowly moved the boat towards the two herons..

We got closer and closer and they didnt seem to get nervousAll through that we were taking pictures ..... my buddy with his Canon A720 wit a 6X zoom and me with a 28 mm to a whopping 80 mm zoom ..... sigh !! If only I would have brought the Sigma 105mm macro and the TC.........

Finaly the lakes current took over and started to move the boat, and all you could hear was the shutter sound of 2 camera since we got within 60 feet from the closest Heron..

And there they were just preening themself and stretching without a care in the world...... and all I had was the long end of a 28-80........

Well thats not all, my camera a Pentax K100d has a built in shake reduction ......

When I came home and uploaded my SD card to the computer I noticed that the shake reduction switch was set to off. Then I remembered that the day before I was doing Macro work on a tripod.......

This is what I came up after heavy cropping. I just can imagine how much better the sigma 105 macro tele would have been even the tamron TC on the 28-80 would have brought me closer, or the Sigma 70-300 that I just sold on ebay last week...... thats another story......

I just can imagine what else I could goof up.... Do any of you have stories like that ? .

And if you dont mind could you share them with all of us other DSLR beginners ? .

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I did something similar - more than once. I worked my way in on a feeding snowy crane. After the third try the crane got used to me and I was able to get BIF pictures within 20 yards. Soon after I got shots on a osprey flying overhead. Sure enough, after taking the pictures I found the IS was turned off. Almost all of the downloads were too blurry. I had crane and hawk shots from the week before that were also unuseable - just too much contrast between the bright sky and the bird...

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At least you wound up with a really nice shot..

I hadn't brought my camera one morning, and the fresh snow on the trees was just awesome.....and I didn't have my camera. I ALWAYS take it now!.

Thanks for sharing your story!LucyE- 510, 40- 150, 14- 54 and ZD 35 Macro lensesU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

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Nice shot. You're definately going to need some longer glass if you're going to get into birding. I wouldn't worry too much about shake reduction. I usually set shutter speed right up there..

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Cheers, Craig..

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Uloo wrote:.

Wow thats so cool..

Thank you. If you're ever down this way, I'll take you out to Blackpoint or Viera Wetlands and you can have a ball. You see hundreds of herons and can get quite close to them..

Cheers, Craig..

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Like you, I have several times missed some stunning photos because I had the IS turned off - the latest was a vixen with yound cubs in our garden a few weeks ago. I had been testing a new 100-400 lens on a tripod and forgot to switch the IS back on..

I have also lost shots through having the AF set to manual..

Last February my wife and I visited Maui (which is a very long way from the UK) to photograph whales and Big Island to take a doors-off helicopter trip over the volcano. I was using a Canon 20D with a 70-300 IS DO lens and on the first day I found that there was a problem with the lens's zoom lock mechanism, although the lens still seemed to be usable. However, I could see on the relatively low resolution laptop that I had with me that a few shots were blurred..

The only camera store that I could find was a Ritz Camera and the only Canon telephoto lens that they had was a very cheap 75-300 - one of the worst lenses that Canon makes. I decided not to buy the lens and continued to use the 70-300 DO instead..

When I got back to the UK with about 600 whale shots (including about 100 of breaches) and 80 shots from over the volcano, I found when I viewed them on a large monitor that all the shots over about 150mm were blurred. The zoom lock problem had thrown the lens out of alignment..

Lessons:1. Any lens is better than no lens (I should have bought the 75-300)..

2. When you are travelling 8000+ miles to photograph something, take backups of everything.Chris R..

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Oh man, that must have been heartbreaking especially if that was the main point of the trip!.

My contribution isn't as dramatic, but a few years ago while visiting family, I took my camera with me when we went out for an evening sail on their boat. I'm not much of a sunset shooter, but that evening, the sky was amazing with some very dramatic cloud formations in the sky which also created some really cool light effects on the water. I took a few shots until the light changed, then went to review them and wanted to delete a couple of the lesser shots, and yes, I accidentally deleted them all! The funniest part is that while I sat there cursing my stupidity (I was really upset) my mother in law looked at me and said, "Don't worry, the sun will go down again tomorrow night". I didn't know what to say..

Marion.

Chris R-UK wrote:.

Like you, I have several times missed some stunning photos because Ihad the IS turned off - the latest was a vixen with yound cubs in ourgarden a few weeks ago. I had been testing a new 100-400 lens on atripod and forgot to switch the IS back on..

I have also lost shots through having the AF set to manual..

Last February my wife and I visited Maui (which is a very long wayfrom the UK) to photograph whales and Big Island to take a doors-offhelicopter trip over the volcano. I was using a Canon 20D with a70-300 IS DO lens and on the first day I found that there was aproblem with the lens's zoom lock mechanism, although the lens stillseemed to be usable. However, I could see on the relatively lowresolution laptop that I had with me that a few shots were blurred..

The only camera store that I could find was a Ritz Camera and theonly Canon telephoto lens that they had was a very cheap 75-300 - oneof the worst lenses that Canon makes. I decided not to buy the lensand continued to use the 70-300 DO instead..

When I got back to the UK with about 600 whale shots (including about100 of breaches) and 80 shots from over the volcano, I found when Iviewed them on a large monitor that all the shots over about 150mmwere blurred. The zoom lock problem had thrown the lens out ofalignment..

Lessons:1. Any lens is better than no lens (I should have bought the 75-300).2. When you are travelling 8000+ miles to photograph something, takebackups of everything.Chris R..

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