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Old Nov 26, 2011, 9:44 PM   #1
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Default A Few Little Ones in Flight

Today was drizzly and not a good day to head out with the camera, so I sat on the front porch and clicked at the little guys who came to my feeders. I already have a few thousand photos of Tufted Titmice sitting next to a feeder, so I decided to pump up the ISO in Av mode so I would have maximum shutter speed and go for fliers. Got a couple of titmice.

Even tougher to get in the air are the little Carolina Chickadees as they try to "fly up, grab the sunflower seed, and get away before anyone sees us!"

Significant cropping on all four shots. All four shots taken with Sigma 50-500 and the K-5 at ISO 12,560. One pass through Noiseware with default settings.

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Old Nov 26, 2011, 9:52 PM   #2
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Amazing stop-action photos! Also amazing that you could get usable photos at such high ISO levels.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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HI Paul,

Well that certainly worked!

I've actually tried this, and got a card full of pics of tails and feet at the edge of the frame to show for it. Probably having reaction times that can be measured with an hourglass had something to do with it. . .

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The couple of times I've tried something sort-of similar to this I got tails or nothing - I'm impressed with these. The wing/feathers are really interesting, I like them.
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They look great, never had any luck getting those small ones in flight.


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Old Nov 28, 2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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Cool shots Paul. I like the last one best .. if you PP out the edge of the box and stand.

I did something like this earlier last year with Bul Buls when they were bathing :

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