Driving along a well know stretch of rural road it is not a surprise to see a moose but to see a large male with a velvet rack is so very rare and welcome. I did not have much time to adjust me camera to grab this picture. In a situation like this one any suggestions on a pre-set would be helpful.
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suggestions on camera setting for unexpected wildlife
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Nikon Z7.ll, Nikon Lens 70-300mm, Shutter Speed 1/125 sec, F5.6, ISO3600 - I believe it was in manual mode.
Hi Norma, this is a really cool image of a large Moose. Very cool. I can’t help with the preset, but I generally try to leave my camera on Auto ISO with a limited shutter speed of 1/125sec, aperture wide open, and ISO up to max of 3200. Pretty much what your manual settings were.
Oh how I miss moose. This is a beauty of a bull. He’s muscular and powerful looking. Gorgeous. I like the idea of darkening the grass a little. If you do re-crop, I’d like the extra room to the left; in the direction he’s looking. Great catch though. Really.
In terms of presets, this is what my wildlife preset currently looks like -
Shutter Priority (default is 1/1000 sec, but it may change)
Auto ISO (I think my ceiling is 3200)
Animal detection focus priority
Auto-focus flexible which readjusts focus if the subject moves
I also have two function buttons on the front of the camera near my fingers on the grip set up to - Auto-Focus Far and 6K Burst
Usually I flip the dial to burst mode and the Auto Focus to AFC - those are physical switches that can’t be baked into the preset.
A wonderful find, but I think some processing might be limiting here. That camera should have excellent resolution and IQ even at that high ISO and if a large crop. This has a look of too much NR, or not done with optimal software.
It may be that focus was on the grasses a little behind the moose and you tried to sharpen? Unfortunately, sharpening won’t compensate for focus problems except at the level of a few pixels.
If that’s the case, a major consideration with sudden and quick-changing situations is to utilize the focus capabilities of the camera optimally.
At f/5.6 and ISO 2600 I’d expect a much higher ss, unless it was very dim light.
I know you are absolutely correct about the focus on the grasses and yes I did try to sharpen. It was a quick snap before he was gone and I do believe my camera was not set optimally for the focus on the face. Here is the original picture. Thanks again I really do appreciate it.