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Old Dec 22, 2006, 4:54 PM   #11
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Old Dec 22, 2006, 6:39 PM   #12
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Thanks for the very nice comment Daniel.
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Wonderful shot! I would love to take a picture like that. I have the camera, even the woodpecker, just need the skills...Donna
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Thanks a bunch Donna.

A good scenario for these type shots is good light....sun behind you and on the bird. Pick a location whereyou have a light colored background and some distance beyond the subject.If you don't already have it, hang a suet cake where you can best have that type situation and if possible place it out of sight and where the woodpecker will have to stay in the frame to reach it.

I use a window mount quite a bit or a tripod, and a cable release. It helps with the lens I use, even though withreally goodlight I can handhold. Normally, I shoot in Av mode, 400 ISO,spot metering, A1 Servo, center focus (I don't recompose) Also, my usual is F5.6 with +1/3 EC unless I am shooting a dark colored bird in the sky and increase to +2/3. OR against a bright blue sky I will stop down and lower ISO.

Don't forget....a good quality lenshelps .....a lot. Fill flash also makes a difference in a lot of situations. Bob Mullin does that very well and uses higher ISO's.

All this is from a rank amateur but hopefully it will give you some ideas.:-)






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