David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Northern Cardinal – Jumper

Recently while photographing I noticed my pictures lacking some sharpness.  I swapped over to the 1.4tc and it just got worse.  Since I was headed to my mother in-laws for the weekend I loaded up all my gear.  Woke up early Friday before anyone started stirring.  I set up on the porch with the D4 tethered to my laptop and aimed it at the LensAlign.  Sure enough it was back focusing so I made a slight adjustment.  Next up was the 1.4tc and it was also off in the same direction.  One last test with the 2.0tc and the result was dead on.  The tests got me wondering but I couldn’t argue with the repeated results.

I spent the rest of the day Friday shooting with the 500mm.  While reviewing I noticed they were all in jpg where I had set it for testing.  I’m bad, just forgot to change it back to raw after testing but I was still happy with the results.  Saturday was devoted to the 500mm + 1.4tc which looked good.

I was taking a lot of pictures of cardinals since they were abundant.  This one crouched down and raised it’s tail right before leaping to a lower branch.

Nikon D4,  500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, EV -0.33, ISO 800, center weight


6 responses to “Northern Cardinal – Jumper

  1. lylekrahn August 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    That photo certainly didn’t have any sharpness issues.

  2. Doug Haass August 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    +1 on Lyle’s comment. Looks like you got it all set right. I borrowed my son’s Lens Align setup some months ago and never got around to checking mine. I think that’s on tap this week, especially with my little oops moment at BBSP this weekend.

    • dda53 August 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I know there are a lot of different methods but it’s what I use. Hope your oops is ok. I saw a post with pictures this past week where a alligator chased a lady photographer at BBSP. Something to keep in mind.

  3. Tim Timmis August 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Love the pose on this one David. Good job. I bought a lens alignment system about a year ago but never used it. One of these days in my spare time…

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