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Old Feb 19, 2007, 8:15 AM   #11
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Donna, your shots have improved significantly. Manually focusing while shooting small birds is a tall order even for more experienced photographers. Do you have a 1.4X converter that would allow auto-focusing. You'd lose a little reach, but I think you would see a signicant improvement in contrast and sharpness using a 1.4X with the 70-200 rather than the 2X.

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Old Feb 19, 2007, 8:15 AM   #12
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Steve said alot of things I would have said, I'll add that it makes a nicer photo if you can get it at eye level... if that means laying on your belly or setting up your perches at a certain height... and since you asked, don't take this the wrong way... in another year or less, you'll be deleting an awful lot of these photographs because you'll have improved and realize you need more space on your hard disk.
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Thanks all, I appreciate thoughtful comments from my peers. And I take it in the spirit it was given...and welcome your advice. Donna
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 9:54 AM   #14
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Donna, I assume your camera has diopter settings. Make sure you have them set properly with manual focussing. If not set properly it could cause the focus to be off even though it looks good through the viewfinder. For some reason on my 20D they get changed by accident by handling or such. I use autofocussing primarily because I stink at manual focus. I only use manual focus when autofocus won't work or in some macro shots.

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edit: oh I forgot to say, nice shots!!! and also maybe a tiny bit of desaturation on the cardinal might help.
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 11:54 AM   #15
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Thanks dib, I will check it out. Donna
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