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    These are truly great photos, you have set the bar extremely high. The color, composure, focus and DOF all are perfect. I would hope this is a lifetime of work as I will be truly pissed if you got these in an afternoon

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    The photos are beautiful Jens but your understanding of your equipment is incredible.

    Thanks for sharing the insight

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    Jens: Great, dreamlike shots! I also like your technique, as I too found that I have to use a tighter f-stop to help me get CAF to work. I also found, maybe like you, that I have better luck getting CAF to work when I use shutter priority, though I can't really explain why that works. I'm also finding ISO bracketing very useful for action shots, as long as I select a workable base ISO. ISO bracketing gives me 3 shots at 1 EV apart (selectable) per shutter activation, so I can either find a usable image or even blend the three images into one, in Photomatix. I haven't mastered the AFL or Fn button as you have, however--I keep thumbing my eye instead of the proper button. I guess I need to practice more. Thanks for the beautiful images.

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    Your'e welcome David.

    Part 3 about the AF switching isn't critical to the application of birds in flight. It is to be able to quickly switch between C-AF, S-AF, and MF (I hate the location and smallness of the AF-button.) My camera setup for this is:

    • "Wrench1-SpannerB" AEL/AFL:

    S-AF = mode 1
    C-AF = mode 3
    MF = mode 3
    • "Wrench1-SpannerB" [Fn]FUNCTION:

    MF
    • "Wrench1-SpannerB" AEL/AFL MEMO:

    ON
    These settings have the following effects:

    • In C-AF mode, the AF-ing is started/stopped by pressing the AEL-button. (Sometimes the camera tends to give up C-AF entirely if the bird isn't kept behind the AF-point long enough. If that's a problem (depends on how the birds' flight trajectories are), I prefer to have C-AF set to "mode 1" so it is controlled by the shutterbutton.)


    • In S-AF mode, it works as usual with the possibility to lock the exposure value with the AEL button


    • In MF mode, a press of the AEL-button will perform an S-AF cycle. Note that the MF-mode now is like S-AF+MF but opposite = MF with S-AF override by the AEL button.


    • Switching between the, in advance chosen, AF-mode and MF is made by a press on the [Fn]-button. If C-AF is chosen as the default focusing mode, the above settings give you access to all three modes C-AF, MF, and S-AF.

    Regarding the small vs. normal AF sensitivity, I have had a problem figuring out what is actually the difference. It doesn't seem to affect the extension of the AF-crosses enough to be of any practical difference.

    The first E-3 is still being fixed - vacation times in Europe now...

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    Thanks diogo,

    no, no noise reduction at all. That's why I like to stay below ISO 400 - but even at 400 one must expose correctly ("histogram to the right") to get clean shots.

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    Thanks Tony,

    I guess that one is a given wall-hanger and also be an entry to a photo contest.

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    Thanks Gerry, Victor, and Rocky!

    Gerry, I'll have to make you "truly pissed" - sorry about that .

    Look at it from the bright side that the system is capable of more than you thought was possible.

    Rocky, I don't know about the shutter priority - I never use that (as you may noticed, I'm using manual settings for the exposure). The AEL/AFL button isn't strictly needed for this application (see my response to David).

    I never done ISO bracketing (didn't even know it was possible). How do you do the ISO bracketing?

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    Really fantastic photos Jens , you the man! . Cheers Pete
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    Jens: I use ISO bracketing by selecting it in the menu, under the "camera-2" icon, and then selecting the desired increment of EV. Don't forget to disable auto ISO if you have it selected. Then, when you activate the shutter, the camera will record three different images, each at a different ISO according to the base ISO selected as well as the desired increment. Combining the images is done in post processing, which I hate, so I use Photomatix, in either the exposure blend or HDR mode. So far, the blend mode is winning over the HDR, but I'm still learning. See also page 50 of the E-3 manual. Good Luck.

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    Amazingly beautiful, Jens. They are dreamy and almost like paintings.
    They show good skills of the photographer.
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    I particularly like "Fishlet Spotted." In all of them, it's unique that you chose to use a background other than sky while still making the background non-distracting and yet far more interesting than sky.

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    Thanks Luc and er1kksen for the nice comments, and thanks Rocky for the pointer to ISO bracketing.

    Luc, paraphrasing a Swedish proverb: "Practise makes skill".

    er1kksen, I like all of them but "Fishlet Spotted" is unique by the dynamic pose. That is when the terns are showing their most photogenic appearance. Here is another one in the same genre but 'high-key':

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    Hi David,

    I tried to register to the "Olympus Elite Club" (what a dodgy name) but it is only open for Oly owners in the Americas.

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    Looks like something right out of National Geographic. Great shots Jens!

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    Nice shots Jens.
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