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    Ha .. I was just about to ask for the EXIF .. Thanks... Wow 30D ? great shots... the first two are tiny bit soft probably light not helping.. but don't take my feedback to heart I'm no expert. I'm wondering if the 1.4x isn't begging to be stopped down further? *(should be able to go one more stop with the lens being IS?) The other photos you posted were spot on IMO maybe just the lighting on these.. I can imagine a non crop (full frame) sensor would be awesome with that amazing lens !

    Now that I look again... perhaps some focal point issue? Looks like the focal point on the first few is on the duck's back? Hit 'em in the eye ! You do good work !

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    Very very beautiful shots.

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    Really nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacduck View Post
    Great redheads! GW is also a wonderful shot. As a decoy carver I found the floatation of the redheads inspiring. Normally we have our decoys float higher in the water than real life birds do. I might change that a bit on my contest decoys to see if it works with judges. Thanks
    I noticed that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waycool View Post
    Ha .. I was just about to ask for the EXIF .. Thanks... Wow 30D ? great shots... the first two are tiny bit soft probably light not helping.. but don't take my feedback to heart I'm no expert. I'm wondering if the 1.4x isn't begging to be stopped down further? *(should be able to go one more stop with the lens being IS?) The other photos you posted were spot on IMO maybe just the lighting on these.. I can imagine a non crop (full frame) sensor would be awesome with that amazing lens !

    Now that I look again... perhaps some focal point issue? Looks like the focal point on the first few is on the duck's back? Hit 'em in the eye ! You do good work !

    Thanks for sharing !
    I was looking at that softness too and am a bit puzzled. I have several thoughts. I don't really think it was the light, but it might have been moisture in the air. Also, I, as nearly always, shot those in RAW (which means no in camera processing) and when I converted to Jpeg I chose a pretty high compression/low quality setting in photoshop (5 of 12 on photoshop's scale). I did no post processing except crop (most importantly no sharpening). I am going to go back and see what I get if I use smart sharpen. I also am planning to send the lens in for a good cleaning a bit later in the spring, once the waterfowl have moved out. Just had both camera bodies cleaned by Canon, so stuff on the sensor shouldn't be the issue. Of course, it could just be that I was not hitting the focus dead on the eye, the ducks were moving.

    The guy who was shooting with me said he had the same problem which is one thing the at makes me think that in might have been moisture in the air. Still, will sharpen a couple and repost.
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    nice shots!!

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    OK here are the sharpened images. I believe that sharpening has made a noticeable difference and that since, when one shoots in RAW, the camera does no processing of the image, sharpening is a necessary step to get the best image possible. See if you don't think it made a visible difference. May have over done it a bit. I am not completely comfortable with sharpening. One can definitely go too far.









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    Red Heads are one of my favorite!
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    Definitely helped after PP ! I would say you are correct with relation to the heavy
    air... probably fooled the AF just a bit thus the ever so slight front focus. Great photos !

    RAW is always best IMHO unless you need the high buffering burst .... Keep them coming ! They are great!

    I just sold my gear a couple months ago .... Just wasn't using it much since I'm not poking lions with a stick ...
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    Nice pics...got to love those redheads!

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