Raleigh Raptors – Early Risers

I’ve always wondered how early do the “early birds” rise.  For the Raleigh Raptors, it’s early; sometimes too early and dark to take any images.  Thankfully, the sensor on the Nikon D7000 has excellent shadow recovery so shooting underexposed while not perfect, is very possible.  A little post-processing helps a long, long way.   At times though, using the flash is inevitable.

Sept 17

Blynken was on the Raleigh Water Tower, wailing.

Papa and Mama were around too.  Papa took off from the Cross and flew east

While Mama stood on the cell antenna and then proceeded to drop off mail at the Post Office building (?) on New Bern Ave.

Sept 18

A few more very early-morning shots.  Before sun-up, the Red-tail family is already airborne.

Sept 19

While the Nikon D7000’s low-light and shadow detail performance is quite impressive, sometimes there is no substitute for a flash.

It’s interesting to see Mama’s eyes reflect the flash’s light.  She didn’t seem to mind the hawkarattzzi 🙂

To experiment, I decided to test some high-iso shots. Note that about 5 mintues had elapsed between the flash and high ISO shots and the skies had brightened quite a bit during that span.

ISO 1600

ISO 5600

ISO 8000

While there is no substitute for a well-lighted, low ISO shot, High-ISO on the D7000 is usable, in a pinch.

A blurred shot is sometimes better than no shot. 

A noisy shot is better than a blurred shot. 

A noise-free, in-focus shot is of course, best 🙂


2 thoughts on “Raleigh Raptors – Early Risers

  1. Thank you for your continued monitoring and taking snap shots of these beautiful birds. I so enjoy your pictures and captions and look forward to them. 🙂

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad you like it. To me, it’s like a very long-running outdoor class, one that you can’t get from any school. 🙂
      It’s a great opportunity to observe these magnificent birds, something like this doesn’t come along everyday.

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