David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Nikon D4 – Quick Shot

Here is one reason why I think it is an awesome camera.  I was standing behind my mother-in-law’s place watching some hawks hooking up talons in the distant sky and wishing they were closer.  Through the leafless trees flying at top-level I noticed a GBH about to come overhead.  I raised the camera above my head because that was the only opening and it was going to be a tough capture.  With the D4 set at 10 fps the GBH came into the small opening.  I might as well been laying on my back shooting straight up.  I focused and shot at the same time.  Six captures and it was gone in a flash.  Bingo!  Six shots and all in focus.  No way….I couldn’t believe what I was reviewing on the screen.  Good thing no one was looking because I was talking to myself.

This capture is about 75% of full frame.  Small ACR and levels adjustment in CS6.  I wanted to show you what it looks like without any noise reduction or  sharpening. 

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ev +0.33, ISO 220

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2 responses to “Nikon D4 – Quick Shot

  1. Doug Haass February 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Cool capture. What auto-focus settings were you using on the D4? Were you on 51 point?

  2. dda53 February 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Doug, I started using 21 points but now have it set for 51. Right now it seems better for what I’m doing. I keep the focus point center locked. I am also using auto iso with the range of 100 – 6400 strictly to see how it handles different situations. So far it’s doing great but only for testing. I’ll change them as I get a better feel for what it can do. I also have the fps set for 10 since nikon has a caution in the book about a higher frame rate. It says some images can loose some focus and blur. I also started out with shutter speed of 500 but have now set it to 1000. This has given me better captures since I don’t mind the iso increasing to compensate. Your canon and mine have new auto focusing ability…just awesome. I no longer feel limited on what I might try and that is a good feeling. It has been a pretty big jump from the D300s (which is a dang good camera) so it will take some time.

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