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Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Friday 5th December 2014, 13:31
Replies: 8
Views: 5,533
Posted By Chalky W
I've got to agree Mark that the zoom range is...

I've got to agree Mark that the zoom range is this lenses saving grace, I love the way you can frame a long shot or track a bird and then zoom in for some detail.
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Thursday 4th December 2014, 20:59
Replies: 8
Views: 5,533
Posted By Chalky W
Mark, I've got a 300-800mm and love it......I...

Mark,

I've got a 300-800mm and love it......I agree with the limitations you mention but I've learnt to live with them but decent shots can be taken in low light, I get lots of practice at that here...
Forum: Photoshop, Paintshop and Printing Friday 8th June 2012, 13:45
Replies: 9
Views: 2,683
Posted By Chalky W
You can get it from the Neatimage Website,...

You can get it from the Neatimage Website, Neatimage is well known and their site will be safe (I hope).

Here's a link for the site http://www.neatimage.com/
and a link to the download page...
Forum: Photoshop, Paintshop and Printing Thursday 7th June 2012, 13:26
Replies: 9
Views: 2,683
Posted By Chalky W
Neatimage was free the last time I downloaded it,...

Neatimage was free the last time I downloaded it, I leave it as it comes and just press the apply buttons and it does a good job. I'd use the standalone version rather than the photoshop plug-in...
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Saturday 26th May 2012, 15:32
Replies: 12
Views: 3,219
Posted By Chalky W
Sigma all the way.......I haven't got either of...

Sigma all the way.......I haven't got either of the lenses you mention but my 300-800mm is sigma as well as my macro (150mm) and I can't fault them at all. The optics on my sigmas are first class and...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 21:29
Replies: 10
Views: 6,062
Posted By Chalky W
Another source of good clothing might be your...

Another source of good clothing might be your local fishing tackle shop, if they've got a carp fishing section then you'll be in camo heaven, try online as well. Ebay have a large hunting/fishing...
Forum: Technique Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 21:26
Replies: 3
Views: 5,565
Posted By Chalky W
I can't help with your problem as I don't use...

I can't help with your problem as I don't use flash but that looks like a great set up Wally.....it looks like you're using a carp fishing brolly which I sleep under regularily when I'm fishing.
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 21:22
Replies: 8
Views: 2,362
Posted By Chalky W
As an alternative to a neoprene lens coat may I...

As an alternative to a neoprene lens coat may I suggest a lens cover, again by WWS.

http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/retail/acatalog/Camera___Lens_Covers.html

It's a well made piece of kit...
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Saturday 19th May 2012, 10:47
Replies: 5
Views: 2,168
Posted By Chalky W
Mike, like Andrew I too use the 300-800 and am...

Mike,

like Andrew I too use the 300-800 and am also a very happy chappy. Ignoring the weight issues (actually its not too bad considering..) I'd say that if the prime is like the zoom then it'll be...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 14th May 2012, 13:28
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By Chalky W
Nigel, the bird warden does carry permits to sell...

Nigel, the bird warden does carry permits to sell but he isn't always on site as he is a volunteer.

The Water Board employees work lakeside in their normal jobs running the reservoir and the trout...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 14th May 2012, 07:02
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By Chalky W
This is a message from a local. If this bird...

This is a message from a local.

If this bird sticks around for longer at Blagdon lake it is giving stunning views for everyone BUT PLEASE purchase a permit from Chew Valley Lake at Woodford Lodge or...
Forum: Photoshop, Paintshop and Printing Tuesday 27th March 2012, 20:11
Replies: 2
Views: 1,173
Posted By Chalky W
A similar thing happens in Photoshop as it...

A similar thing happens in Photoshop as it appears the programme doesn't resolve the pixels properly at certain zoom factors.
Forum: Photo Critique Thursday 22nd March 2012, 20:50
Replies: 36
Views: 13,202
Posted By Chalky W
It looks great to me Alex, I'm thinking of...

It looks great to me Alex, I'm thinking of getting this combo for myself and seeing this makes me want to reach for the cheque book even more.
Forum: Nikon Thursday 22nd March 2012, 20:45
Replies: 146
Views: 36,387
Posted By Chalky W
Neil, It will be interesting to hear your...

Neil,

It will be interesting to hear your thoughts from using the 500mm and the D800 as I'm considering replacing my tired old D300 so would love to hear how it performs.

BTW, some great shots of...
Forum: Photo Critique Thursday 15th March 2012, 18:27
Replies: 9
Views: 2,816
Posted By Chalky W
3 great shots Jon, perhaps as Hampers has...

3 great shots Jon, perhaps as Hampers has suggested a looser crop would improve the last 2. Other than that all are pin sharp and would be a proud addition to anyones gallery I'm sure.
Forum: Photo Critique Thursday 8th March 2012, 22:10
Replies: 7
Views: 1,530
Posted By Chalky W
The only thing I'd say, not being an expert, is...

The only thing I'd say, not being an expert, is to say that it's a great shot except for the tree.......a clean blue background would improve things no end.
Forum: Macro Photography Tuesday 6th March 2012, 21:00
Replies: 7
Views: 2,394
Posted By Chalky W
Hi Steve, I use the sigma 150mm macro and just...

Hi Steve,

I use the sigma 150mm macro and just move slowly and get as close as possible. I can usually get to within to with 10-12 inches with a bit of patience for butterflies and insects but...
Forum: Photo Critique Friday 2nd March 2012, 10:22
Replies: 5
Views: 1,321
Posted By Chalky W
Hi Micloi, I've had a quick play and these are...

Hi Micloi,

I've had a quick play and these are just my initial thoughts to potential crops. I've tried to give a bit of context and space to the bird and its perch and used the directions of the...
Forum: Photo Critique Thursday 1st March 2012, 20:55
Replies: 8
Views: 1,631
Posted By Chalky W
Just to add to Jaffs comment on USM, 100% with 1...

Just to add to Jaffs comment on USM, 100% with 1 pixels and 0 threshold works for me and if I need to denoise (neatimage) then I might run a 10-15% USM if it needs it and I agree that if you nail it...
Forum: Photo Critique Thursday 1st March 2012, 20:44
Replies: 5
Views: 1,321
Posted By Chalky W
3 great shots Micloi, my only comments would be...

3 great shots Micloi, my only comments would be about the crops.....try the thirds rule...I'm ok with the DOF as long as the eye is in focus.
Forum: Technique Thursday 1st March 2012, 20:40
Replies: 29
Views: 12,883
Posted By Chalky W
Just to join in and say that I'm not sure that...

Just to join in and say that I'm not sure that going to the extreme measures of disguising a tripod is totally necessary. I do tend to wear drab, dark clothing but mostly just try to blend in by...
Forum: Gloucestershire Tuesday 21st February 2012, 13:34
Replies: 20
Views: 32,599
Posted By Chalky W
Roger, A half dozen or so were at New Fancy...

Roger,

A half dozen or so were at New Fancy viewpoint when i was last there a couple of weeks ago.

Ian
Forum: Gloucestershire Thursday 16th February 2012, 14:25
Replies: 20
Views: 32,599
Posted By Chalky W
Hi Mark, Yes, I managed to spot a couple at...

Hi Mark,

Yes, I managed to spot a couple at Brierley but they were high up singing from the tree tops. There were a few more about that I could hear but I couldn't spot them. I found them in the...
Forum: Photo Critique Tuesday 14th February 2012, 13:29
Replies: 6
Views: 1,241
Posted By Chalky W
I agree with KC's comments but obviously a shot...

I agree with KC's comments but obviously a shot without the branches would have been infinitely preferrable.

If you're new to this bird photography lark then first, I'd concentrate on honing your...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Thursday 9th February 2012, 13:56
Replies: 10
Views: 1,413
Posted By Chalky W
Hi, I would imagine that there are not too many...

Hi,

I would imagine that there are not too many different ways to do it. Personally the big birding lens and the camera are mounted on the tripod and carried on my shoulder, binos around the neck...
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