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Old Oct 21, 2009, 8:04 AM   #11
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Mole - I agree - these shots are a definite improvement over the first batch. Any thoughts on what the difference was? Was it stopping down to f11 or something else? Really good series.
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 9:13 PM   #12
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Very nice series! Interesting that I'm not the only one who finds shooting very distant subject (either large or small) an exercise in futility. I figured it out when trying to take pictures of something about a mile away when there were numerous restaurants and store rooftops in between. The air distortion caused by the urban environment was huge, making straight lines wavy. And elsewhere, I've found green forested mountainsides become blue. But I always try anyway.
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 10:08 PM   #13
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Excellent details on these shots - very well done!!! I agree with John - perhaps stopping the lens down a bit brings out it's best possibilities?

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 12:23 AM   #14
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Very nice, great detail, good light, my favourites are the ones you can not see the feeder, much more natural.


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Old Oct 22, 2009, 5:33 AM   #15
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JohnG - I should have done a more scientific test - changing only one factor at a time - but I am too impatient. The factors that were changed included stopping down to F11, turning off anti-shake, working on much closer subjects, not zoomed all the way to 600mm, and (probably the biggest factor) me practicing with manual focus a lot more. Not sure which of these factor(s) made the biggest difference, but I would suspect it is the first and the last ones!

Harriet - Yes I agree, and I will also still keep trying to take those shots that I know won't come out well...

Marc - thanks for your kind comments.

Rodney - I too like the non-feeder shots better. Will have to try for more one of these days soon.
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Old Oct 31, 2009, 12:42 PM   #16
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awesome. (can i play with your camera sometime?) (at least this lens)
they are all beautiful, what you would see in a field guide. that one with the titmouse jumping into flight. that one is fantastic. the energy captured, it is great.
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