Went down to Waterford on “Paddys Day” and ended up on a beach near Dunmore East. After doing the usual, tripod mounted, 3 exposure bracked shots, I released the camera from its legs and fitted my 70-300 zoom. I love setting up my tripod and taking the time to compose a shot but I equally enjoy handholding the camera and not having to worry about bracketing or HDR. Anyway, as I walked along the beach, some nearby birds took flight. I quickly raised the camera to my eye and tracked the birds while clicking away. I was dissapointed when I reviewed the images on the camera. None were worth keeping but one in particular could have been very good (I think) except for part of one of the birds wings being out of the shot. Thats photography for you – part skill part luck.
Here`s the shot…Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300 VR. f7.1 1/640 ISO 200. I did very little editing apart from converting to B&W and the usual levels and curves…
And here`s one I took before I put the tripod away….
It`s a 3 exposure HDR. 2 stops bracketed. f18 1/25 1/100 and 1/8 @ ISO 200. Tonemapped in Photomatix and tweaked in Photoshop.