FritzImages | Concentration | image name = Concentration IO

For three days I keep working at finding the best combinations for light, gesture and color and kept my actors concentration feed with a bit of seed. The stages with its props and preset lighting started off using the D3s with the Nikon 200-400 f/2.8 and tc/20 attached, on the third day the new D4 came into action along with a snow storm. The environment and the quality of photography jumped one level.  The D4 is that much better. Period. Focus is everything and the new sensor on this camera is a stop better.

My subject could now increase the stunts and antics and I started to concentrate more on this critter than worrying about blurry images. During three days of shooting, I kept my moleskin journal full of my different settings. My combinations of settings for this day were:

  1. Around 7:30-8:45 am, Dec 26-Dec 29 light weak and flat. No Sun,overcast
  2. ISO 5000
  3. Aperture: f/16 – F/10
  4. Shutter: 1/1250
  5. E: +.3
  6. WB: Auto1
  7. Picture Control: Neutral/Auto2/Vivid
  8. Lens: Nikon 200-400mm f/2.8
  9. tele convertor:TC-20
  10. Camera: Manual Mode
  11. Set cocus lock
  12. VRII off
  13. Dynamic focus: 51point
  14. Longlens handholding tech
  15. Remote trigger
  16. Flash comp
    1. SB-910
    2. 310mm
    3. 6′ away on light stand 7’high w/better beamer
    4. TTL mode
    5. Pocket wizards

Besides all this crazy tech to capture this activity, you learn slowly how this community of fragile feather critters weather the cold and move about to find food for subsistence. The ability to slow this all down to a show a small air bound hop in a snowstorm to grab a sunflower kernel for survival is for me truly amazing.

While I was working on this project, I was reminded of something that I was taught by Vincent Versace, that everything matters, that you need to get that extra 1 or 2% improvement in each step or change. The tweaks seemed endless, and the results sometimes don’t give you an extra 1-2%, but if your not trying your not learning and your not improving.