allen sklar

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  1. ...we don't have one so I thought i would start one. Any bird, any place, anytime...as long as you took the shot! Here's a sweet starter image from Assateague Island today. F9 1/1250 ISO 200. ET -2/6.
  2. For several years I have been practicing and trying to perfect BIF photography. I'm still way low in the learning curve but if you shoot enough you are bound to get a few keepers. I thought it might be nice to start a thread that would save a beginner from having to go through all the learning curve. I know Jim is very good at this, sure he will have some additional helpful hints. First and probably most important is shooting at a high enough speed to freeze the bird (or at least part of it). Generally I find 1/1000 second the minimum speed, preferably faster if light allows. This shot is at that speed, note though the eagle is "cruising" slowly. Shutter priority 1/1000 F6.3 Exposure is not quite as easy as letting your camera decide what it should be. The reason is, if the bird has white on it, your camera will often decide to expose for the sky blowing out the white feather detail which is critical if you really want to print a shot. Probably the easiest way to correct for this is to shoot the sky, then check your histogram and drop back your EV control a third or half from what it reads. Seagulls are great to experiment using this method since they have a lot of white. As far as metering I use center weighted but you have to experiment with your camera to see what works best. This image is at 1/1250 second at F 7.1 Once again I am using shutter priority and letting the camera choose F stop...metering is center weighted and of course I forgot to mention you lens is on "continuous" auto focus. Today's newer lens use ultrasonic motors in the lens to give very fast and accurate auto focus, unfortunately I have old glass (this lens is 23 years old) from my film years.....I get a lot of out of focus shots. The type of auto focus on Nikon DSLR's here is "dynamic" which in theory is used for erratically moving objects. The absolutely hardest part of BIF photography is developing a smooth panning motion, speed setting alone will not get the "killer" detail you are seeking, you must smoothly follow a bird moving at 15 to 30 mph. This takes practice and it certainly took me more than a year to start to see results. One helpful hint is to keep both eyes open as you follow the bird this will lessen camera shake but can be a bit hard to get used to. "Stabbing" the shoot button is another thing that you have to avoid, this is best accomplished by shooting at the fastest frames per second that you camera will allow and considering your buffer size while doing this, you don't want to loose "the moment" because your buffer is full. I'll post some more stuff later. One of my best shots here. Speed 1/1600 F8. Lighting of course is everything, here it's perfect, as is the depth of field and focus, a one in a thousand shot......did I mention luck is important?
  3. Fished with some old friends this past week, we were blessed with bent rods and many smiles. I was also able to do some nice release photos, this one of D-Man is especially nice.
  4. tough lifting them anymore....
  5. ....as I started fishing assateague some 27 years ago the stories of critter and friends (coleman evans smith etc), forced me to get serious. Eventually I did catch a few fish. Recently i had a flashback of them days, probably never see it again, but it sure was a nice day.....made more memorable with D-Man and Bill there. Dennis:
  6. Random old man releasing fish today, same dude helped me beach one yesterday.....he noted that the fish he helped me with was caught on a rod he made me many years ago.......
  7. plenty bunker in the surf.....this one stolen by fox from gull...
  8. Owl in the fog yesterday....sorry should have been in the random images...but on the fishing front there are a ton of bunkers in the surf, the gulls can hardly fly....
  9. Denny Groff? He taught me all about bucktails for trout and stripers, I never could master tog....Denny had passed.
  10. Green-winged Teal backcountry today. Peregrine was overhead but I was unaware when I first saw the ducks. They kept low avoiding the deadly high speed swoop dive.
  11. That's a nice pic....remember we had 9 fish that day..... A few months ago an accident separated (completely) my shoulder tendons from the bone, ruptured bicep, and badly tore my lone remaining tendon. ....surgeon says just live with it but no more casting. After three months I can lift my camera for a few seconds but that's it. It was a good 25 years though.
  12. there were a lot of good years......I eventually gave my Bronco (1996) to the mechanic that had kept it running but not before snapping my stickers... ..
  13. ....surf fishin is the least productive type of fishin a man can do, its advantage is just that....you have time to reflect on life and nature cause there sure ain't a lot of fish in the surf.........however if there happen to be big fish in the surf...... and you are there at that exact time......... fishin can be better than sex.......it lasts longer and you can take pictures of it......
  14. It will soon be September
  15. Reelin in your own lost surf rod is right good luck.
  16. not a pet but a spoiled child, my boy Ace.
  17. Yes, I humbly accepted the "first Black Drum" award at CF.......got 17 grand for the fish and most importantly get to see my name in every issue this year....bill's fish came an hour or so later....
  18. ....perfect day, no trucks on the beach at 7am, (bad weather forecast) never saw another person till 11 when we left. Last time that will happen I'm sure. We each had a fish around 31 inches or so. Our second day fishing this spring.
  19. .....to have a friend around when lines are crossed is a wonderful thing......
  20. Fish quick saw the first Piping Plover yesterday...
  21. May 2012......bill and I had been slamming the black drum so much so we were wore out......Mac (RIP) pulled up just as my rod went down........I insisted he take it, it was the only striper of the day.
  22. Hi Tom and Dennis miss you guys, and of course, the fish! Steve Coleman first introduced me to big circle hooks.....that was so long ago I can't remember when....
  23. owl at assateague yesterday
  24. Hey that's my rod that's bent!
  25. Feeling nostalgic for fishing 18 years ago......2002 got my first digital camera........in those days my neighbors would tell me the week before thanksgiving if they wanted fish for the holidays......I could almost always fill their orders.....guess that's why there aren't any fish now.....miss fishing in foul weather......