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Old Feb 10, 2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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A Black Capped Chickadee -image not cropped,

Taken with E-30 dslr using Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 ED lens
mounted on Manfrotto 3001 tripod and 393 gimbal bracket.

Settings; manual priority, S-AF, single point center, metering mode-spot
Auto ISO (ISO1250), Auto WB, hi burst, shutter 1/640 sec. aperture f3.5

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Old Feb 11, 2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Beautiful shot zig-123, what a colourful little bird. Thanks for all the specs as well.
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Good shot! These birds don't sit still for more than a second or so. Usually, by the time I get the camera pointed, they are somewhere else.

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+1 on Brian's comment. While I can catch one, I can't "nail" one as you did here. Kudos, Zig.
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These are funny little birds. I was trying to photograph one last Spring whilst on holiday in BC but it kept sitting on my lens! Not sure if it was attracted by the shiney metal but it sure was keen to check me out. Needless to say, I didn't get a good photo so I'm pleased that you got such a stunning shot.
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Hi All,

Thanks for taking the time to look and comment. much appreciated.

Black Capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse are some of the more difficult songbirds to capture accurately because, as you mentioned Brian, they flit, jump, fly off and move very quickly.

I've had the greatest percentage of keepers when I started to use a tripod and prefocus the lens at a particular spot on a branch where I was certain that the birds would land. I say this because, I've spent a great deal of time just studying the birds as they approach my feeder. After a while, I noticed a pattern that the birds tended to follow in their approach. Once I got a fairly good idea of where to focus, it was a matter of waiting for a bird to land in the designated zone.

It takes some discipline because not all the birds will land in the same spot. When I first started to capture images of these birds, I was going nuts trying to move the lens and focus on each and every bird that landed anywhere.
I quickly found out that if I just concentrated on the one area and waited for a bird to land there, my keeper rate of images increased dramatically.

Still, I probably get 5 keepers out of 15 to 20 images. The number of in focus and sharp images is much higher than that. But, I only keep the images that are sharp, in focus, with the entire bird and tails feathers in the frame.

Anyways, that's enough of my rambling. More information than you wanted to know-I'm sure.

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Thanks Zig. It's nice to hear how other people manage to get the shots that many of us can't.
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