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High Jump

High Jump
Copyright ©2006, Jens Birch
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I discovered this roe deer hind together with her buck just half an hour before the sunset. They were very skittish so I didn't manage to stalk them before the sun set and the darkness came. While the buck had entered the forrest, she was still on the field but it was quite dark. I was just about to go home when she for some reason came back without the buck and made a nice leap over the field despite my presence.

Unfortunately, I had to shoot the 300mm lens at 1/125 second despite using the full f/2.8 aperture. I knew that it would give both motion and handshake blur so I concentrated on panning her and catch her in a jump to freeze her motion as much as possible.

Although the photo isn't 100% sharp, I am quite happy with it.

Let's unite around the motto: 300 mm f/2.8 TO ALL!!

Cheers, Jens.
Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Wildlife
Uploaded: 05-Jun-2006 17:19 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal length: 300mm(600mm)
Lens: Tokina AT-X 300/2.8
Focusing method: Manual
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: RAW
Processing applied: RAW developed in Viewer. Tried to fix motion blur somewhat with FocusMagic - couldn't see any great difference though. The usual sharpening etc. in PSP8.
Image resized to: 675x900

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You must be a lucky and happy man Jens when you can make a shot like this...So she did the high jump for you only...The motion is captured pritty good although the low shutterspeed of 1/125.


Fonzy - at 20:08 CEST on 05-Jun-2006 [Reply]