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    Last week I had the opportunity to bird the hangklip reserve under the mountain in Louis Trichardt. It is really epic for some forest birds, added another 10 lifers. I really struggled in the forest. Hi iso of a 1000 and then speed of 1/250 with the lens at 500 f5.6, then the birds jump into the light and I am way to slow to change the settings. So please excuse the grainy pics. Any tips from the Pros?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    Last week I had the opportunity to bird the hangklip reserve under the mountain in Louis Trichardt. It is really epic for some forest birds, added another 10 lifers. I really struggled in the forest. Hi iso of a 1000 and then speed of 1/250 with the lens at 500 f5.6, then the birds jump into the light and I am way to slow to change the settings. So please excuse the grainy pics. Any tips from the Pros?
    I usually shoot in aperture priority and I have one Aux button programmed to change between spot metering and matrix metering. This allows me to shoot light and dark circumstances in quick succession and without taking my eye from the viewfinder.

    When the light is really bad, I sometimes step down the exposure compensation to - 1, which I can push back up in post. This allows for better shutter speeds without compromising too much on the ISO. The post processing also results in additional grain, but less than very high ISO. In other words I try to balance the high-ISO grain and post-processing grain.

    Check your exposure again, Francois. Some of those pics are tending towards the under-exposed side!

    Congrats on the Trogon! What a find! And a good picture too! I'm envious...
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    Lovely collection!

    What the real pros do is to use a big flash. Udually with a "better beamer" or similar light modifier, preferably on an extended bracket to avoid "steeleye".

    But all this means you are still operating at 1/200th or 1/250th, so now you need a tripod and gimbal setup as well, further reducing your ability to react.

    There are no easy answers I'm afraid. Just become an expert at noise reduction.
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    Thanks Piet and Peter

    @ Piet Good tip the -1 I usually do that, as for the underexposed I think that's my post processing making it darker to hide the iso and it makes the colours better for me, but I think I need to try a few lighter ones with a duller back lit screen, Thanks man. Loving your Aus birds by the way!

    @Peter, I tried a few flash fills with the camera flash with little success (birds to far and my cap kept covering the flash) will the sb 900/910 we have also work?
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    Yes, the camera's little flash will be useless for this. SB900/910 is the tool most use, but needs to be augmented with a fresnel lens (Better beamer type device).

    However, note that the setup becomes really inwieldy. As far as I am concerned, it's too much of a PITA, and to be honest, I don't even own a flash that doesn't belong in a museum at the moment.

    I know you don't use Lightroom, and I don't know any of the programs you do use, but I do have a process in LR that helps a lot. Basically, I use an adjustment brush on everything around the bird, and apply maximum noise reduction, reduced clarity and reduced sharpness to all that.
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    Another one from Vulpro a few months ago.
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    A place to go in Natal - Ongoye Forest (they just finishing building chalet accom - maybe Dec ready) - need 4x4 as middle mannetjie quite high, but plan a lot of time so you can sit in the forests, I was on a recon and had a morning and we did Ongoye / Umlalazi / Dlinza Forest / Stanger bird hide. Birds photographed now at 512 ... but these are not hot ... sorry.

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    Nice sightings! Do they have camping?
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    Hi Peter - at present no - stunning grasslands with patches of Forest - apparently roads to be fixed as well - I had a guide - will gladly give his number - his bird calls brilliant - and he knew exactly where to go - the dwarf chameleon I found in my hair. Umlalazi is just down the road in mtunzini for camping
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    Mtunzini is the better place to camp and as a bonus you can see the palm nut vulture in the raphia palm museum. chances to get this rarity is very good.

    Ongoye is a good 4x4 track as the road through the forest is NOT for plat karre, I would rate it as a 3.5 - 4 but well worth the effort. Bird and plant life is awesome so give yourself enough time to enjoy the experience.
    Once committed to the trail there are few places to turn around, the trail is about 19 km if I remember correctly and takes the best part of 4 hrs to do sensibly and with regular birding stops. I would have stayed longer but darkness was approaching and I did not know how much further the end was.

    Entrance from the opposite side of the forest just a mouse hole that the tweespoor disappears in to.

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    If you are camped at mtunzini you can also go to the Dlinza Forrest in Eshowe, the board walk is no more but still plenty good birding with some serious big ticks to be seen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    Thanks Piet and Peter

    @ Piet Good tip the -1 I usually do that, as for the underexposed I think that's my post processing making it darker to hide the iso and it makes the colours better for me, but I think I need to try a few lighter ones with a duller back lit screen, Thanks man. Loving your Aus birds by the way!

    @Peter, I tried a few flash fills with the camera flash with little success (birds to far and my cap kept covering the flash) will the sb 900/910 we have also work?
    Just use a wide open aperture at taking time and use Shadows and highlights and exposure control in Post

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    Took this a few years ago, about as severe as I could crop the image - hence the poor composition.
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    Also heavily cropped, I just kept wishing that the bird would have turned for a full frontal. Taken with a Canon 10D and the soft 75 - 300mm back in 2005.

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    Stunning shots gentlemen!
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    Taken 8km's off shore from Durban. 19.10.2019
    (Credits to my mate PeterW.)

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    Just a few pics from a recent Sani Pass trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Africa_Trekker View Post
    Just a few pics from a recent Sani Pass trip.
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    No bird names
    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    Taken 8km's off shore from Durban. 19.10.2019
    (Credits to my mate PeterW.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Africa_Trekker View Post
    Just a few pics from a recent Sani Pass trip.
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