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Tern hits the brake and turnstone dance - Telyt 400/6,8

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Hello,

please have a look at these two birding images taken at the beach:

1) An example of "action wildlife photography";) ('follow focus tracking', manually): This sandwich tern / Brandseeschwalbe (Sterna sandvicensis) had lost its prey (a sand eel) in the air, and "stopped" immediately to avoid flying past it. A tenth of a second later, the bird had snapped the fish again.

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-...crop_luf-b.jpg

(please click the link)

 

2) The turnstones / Steinwälzer (Arenaria interpres) below, a juvenile and an adult, performed a dance at the beach.

 

Both images taken 'hand held' with the sliding-focus Telyt 400/6,8 (at 8), Visoflex2/3, M8, shoulder stock (14188 v.1), and a good strap (14130), both images cropped (distance at least 25 meters in first example, around 4 meters in second example).

Best,

Telyt2003

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Thank you, Karl Georg, Stuart, K-H., Dopaco, Dan, Paul!

 

Some additional informations you may be interested in:

 

The colours, in this case, were a bit reddish in reality, because the beach was covered by red mud (probably stained by micro-algae). The photo was made with a (B+W) series 7 IR-cut filter in the filter slot of the Telyt.

 

Since the Telyt 400/6,8 optically is of the "telescope type", and the resulting strong curvature of field (actually a "curvature of the layer of sharpness"), I tend to keep everything intended to be in focus as much in the centre of the image as possible (where the Visoflex's circle of focus is). The composition can be changed later by cropping the image asymmetrically.

However, the "curvature of the layer of sharpness" can be employed as an "extended field of depth", whenever objects at the borders of the image are closer than those in the centre of the image. In this example, the adult turnstone which suddenly jumped when the photo was taken, is still in focus, because I had adjusted the focus to the front of the scene before.

 

(In the other example, the tern in flight, I was tracking the focus of the bird trying to keep it in the centre of the image. But when the bird suddenly "hit the brake", it lagged behind my movement getting off centre/more towards the border of the image (and thereby actually a bit closer to me than anticipated). Thus, I could use the "extended field of depth" of the Telyt 400/6,8 to shoot the bird immediately without re-adjusting the focus.)

 

I think this curvature of field/sharpness can be a nice feature (even an adavantage) as long as one does not try to photograph the flat prairie at a long distance.

Best regards,

Telyt2003

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... the "curvature of the layer of sharpness" can be employed as an "extended field of depth", whenever objects at the borders of the image are closer than those in the centre of the image. ...

... use the "extended field of depth" of the Telyt 400/6,8 to shoot the bird immediately without re-adjusting the focus. ...

Telyt2003

 

Please, read depth of field (instead of "field of depth"), sorry

.

 

Probably a twist inspired by the respective German word(s): I also tend to distort Schärfentiefe (into "Tiefenschärfe")

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Very nice and hard to do with a Visoflex.

Cheers Jan

 

Thank you, Jan!

 

I found it quite relaxing to do!

Like it very much: Being prepared (exposure set, diaphragm remains -almost- open), permanently follow focus and framing), and hit the release button in the one and right moment. It's just for (great) fun !

 

As you will know, there is nothing complicated to a Visoflex since it is so basic (with the exception of setting up the equipment!).

The same simplicity I like when using M-lenses.

Finally, you just need to concentrate on a few things, and bring them together in right moment ...

 

The more it is practised, the more you come into a "flow" ...

In the meantime, I have stopped to mark the frame for the M8 on the screens of my Visoflexes, because it distracted me; I prefer the Visoflex 2 housing for many reasons (my shutter rewind reflex very much likes bringing the mirror back into position after each shot), and have stopped using the exposure meter since long ...

 

Best,

Telyt2003

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...you sound like a thinking photographer who is not afraid to work hard to achieve results, Telyt2003. Excellent images, particularly when put into context - thanks for reminding us that an over-reliance on technology is no substitute for good technique.

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...you sound like a thinking photographer who is not afraid to work hard to achieve results, Telyt2003. Excellent images, particularly when put into context - thanks for reminding us that an over-reliance on technology is no substitute for good technique.

 

Thank you very much for your kind words, aesop!

 

"To work hard", is this case, I would translate into "Regular practise, moving out, having fun. And document your results".

 

Telyt2003

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Thank you, Jan!

 

I found it quite relaxing to do!

Like it very much: Being prepared (exposure set, diaphragm remains -almost- open), permanently follow focus and framing), and hit the release button in the one and right moment. It's just for (great) fun !

 

As you will know, there is nothing complicated to a Visoflex since it is so basic (with the exception of setting up the equipment!).

The same simplicity I like when using M-lenses.

Finally, you just need to concentrate on a few things, and bring them together in right moment ...

 

The more it is practised, the more you come into a "flow" ...

In the meantime, I have stopped to mark the frame for the M8 on the screens of my Visoflexes, because it distracted me; I prefer the Visoflex 2 housing for many reasons (my shutter rewind reflex very much likes bringing the mirror back into position after each shot), and have stopped using the exposure meter since long ...

 

Best,

Telyt2003

 

 

I have many really nice photos using the 400 and 560mm 6.8 lenses, but what got me thinking was one day at a bird marsh I ran into a man using a canon with a 100 - 400mm and as we walked the 3 or 4 mile walk around the marsh he was getting way more shots because by the time I did all the focusing and messing with the viso most of the time the bird was gone, and he had maybe 4 or 5 pictures for my one.

It was fun to use Viso but I decided to sell all of it for a GH2 and 100-300mm now I'm getting more shots than I know what to do with. Can't post any because there not Leica shots

I am hoping leica comes out with a larger sensor the GH2 and at least one lens that equals a 400mm

Auto focus would be nice for this old guy.

 

Cheers enjoy the Visoflex.

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