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Old May 20, 2009, 8:02 PM   #1
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Default Birdhouse In The Park II

Earlier I posted photos taken with my K20D and Sigma 150 500mm. Since I could not use all 500mm and keep the fast moving birds (Purple Martins) in the frame I thought of going back with a lighter, faster lens for faster shutter to stop the action. I tried the DA*300mm, still too narow of a view to follow the birds. Tried the DA* 50 135mm and the lighter part worked but the faster part reduced the DOF to the point I felt it was a wash in quality. Set apperture to f8 on the 50 135 and feel results improved. This shows you have to try out ideas and they do not always work out the way you thought.

The Purple Martins were busy feeding their chicks. One chick had fallen out of the birdhouse and was being completely ignored,

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Old May 20, 2009, 8:13 PM   #2
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Nice. Good you had the opportunity to go back and try again with different equipment.

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Old May 20, 2009, 9:23 PM   #3
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Very nice! I've also found that sometimes things don't look like what you expect through the viewfinder. It's always a great idea to experiment - I'm always learning that way.
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Old May 20, 2009, 10:33 PM   #4
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Well done, experimenting can be fun and worthwhile.

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Old May 21, 2009, 5:34 AM   #5
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You did a fine job of capturing these fast moving targets.

Have you ever tried a Red Dot sight on your camera? I purchased one this year to use with my 80-400mm Tokina.

I used it only briefly but it gives you a large viewing window and the ability to spot your target with both eyes open. If you are not familiar with them PM me and I will try to give you more details.

These pictures are wonderful.

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Old May 21, 2009, 2:11 PM   #6
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I already thought the other shots where great, now I'm just stunned.

Magnificent work

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Old May 22, 2009, 2:53 PM   #7
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Great photos of the busy family - clear & bright and well-composed. Thanks for the "updates!"
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