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MikeAMikeA Senior MemberPosts: 6,101 Senior Member
No idea what this guy was doing out mid day. I guess when you can't sleep the best thing to do is go catch some little black stoneflies.

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  • WetdogWetdog Senior Member Posts: 5,910 Senior Member
    Nice.......
    I find the assault on free thought disturbing,
    I find the willingness to give it up frightening.
  • Scott ButnerScott Butner Senior Member Posts: 3,918 Senior Member
    cool. Wonder if he was rabid? erratic behavior is one sign...
  • Don NewtonDon Newton Senior Member Posts: 431 Senior Member
    cool. Wonder if he was rabid? erratic behavior is one sign...

    Hmmm ... s'pect I might have rabies?

    I would love to know the specs on camera, lens and details of the images.
  • WetdogWetdog Senior Member Posts: 5,910 Senior Member
    Don Newton wrote: »
    Hmmm ... s'pect I might have rabies?

    I would love to know the specs on camera, lens and details of the images.

    What Don said.

    I must have rabies too.
    I find the assault on free thought disturbing,
    I find the willingness to give it up frightening.
  • Scott ButnerScott Butner Senior Member Posts: 3,918 Senior Member
    Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
    Exposure Time 0.0001s (1/8000)
    Aperture f/5.6
    ISO 250
    Focal Length 400mm


    (top image, against blue sky)
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 3,094 Senior Member
    Very nice. How do you even get a picture like that?
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie just look at the flowers.
  • Scott ButnerScott Butner Senior Member Posts: 3,918 Senior Member
    Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
    Exposure Time 0.0005s (1/2000)
    Aperture f/5.6
    ISO 640
    Focal Length 400mm

    images against trees in background. Assume it's the 400mm f/4? or the 5.6?
  • ouzelproouzelpro Senior Member Posts: 5,361 Senior Member
    Nice work, Mike.
  • FishTXFishTX Super Moderator Posts: 8,854 Senior Member
    Buford wrote: »
    How do you even get a picture like that?
    A better question is how many exposures failed to make the cut? :)

    I'd also like to know what lens. My old 100-300mm (pre-digital) is snappier at focusing than my 70-300mm (digital) but suffers a little from CA. I'd like something that works for BIF shots.
    "We have to find someone who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner."

    Crooow:This music would work better with women in bikinis shaking all over the place. I guess that's true of any music really.
  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,101 Senior Member
    FishTX wrote: »
    A better question is how many exposures failed to make the cut? :)

    I'd also like to know what lens. My old 100-300mm (pre-digital) is snappier at focusing than my 70-300mm (digital) but suffers a little from CA. I'd like something that works for BIF shots.

    Thanks very much for the kind words.

    The lens is my trusty Canon 400 5.6 L. Can't say enough good things about this lens and it won't break the bank, or your back, to own one. I leave the Exif data intact and there are add ons for most browsers to pull it. Scott posted what I used for most shots. The camera is a big part of getting these shots. 10fps, clean iso, and high res, make it alot easier. That said it took over 100 images to get those few. I just tracked the Bat, used manual focus, and fired away. Spray and pray is a term used for those type shots. There really isn't any easy way to get such a fast moving and small critter who's trajectory is anything but predictable... I've been trying to get good in flight shots of the Swallows that live on our Trout stream as they gobble up the misc hatches. I've yet to get a satisfactory result.

    This bat very likely could have been rabid. It did get really close to me a few times and the thought of a Rabies shot crossed my mind, but the desire to get a bat in flight overrode that thought in short order.
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    cool. Wonder if he was rabid? erratic behavior is one sign...

    my first thought too ... that is one thing the DNR around here warns people about with bats seen flying around in mid-day although I have seen them freequently out in daytime in the spring ... was it unsually warm that day Mike?
  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,101 Senior Member
    Yes, it was close to 70!! Judging from the accuracy of his attacks on those Stoneflies he was in pretty good health.

    He landed on a tree close by and I tried to get close enough to get a good detailed shot. During that time my friend in the back of the boat got closer then he wanted and the Bat raised its head and glared at my friend! I thought he was going to jump out of the boat. He was convinced that that little creature was the Devil!! I laughed so hard I got dizzy!

    Here it is looking at my friend. It isn't as sharp as it could be due to a 250 pound man trying to get away from it and rocking the boat.
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