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Old Dec 21, 2010, 1:58 PM   #1
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Default An unusual visitor to my feeder

Normally, the feeder I've set up to attract birds, has the usual array of Cardinals, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, etc. This morning we woke up to about a foot of snow on the ground. With that much snow, the feeder gets quite a bit of activity, so I set up my camera, and was looking through the finder. As I was focusing, the first shot is what came into view, the 2nd is the bird that was perched on the limb- a Northern Flicker. I actually had to back down on the focal length, the bird was so large.

Shot with Olympus E-30, 50-200mm ED lens mounted on Manfrotto tripod with 393 Manfrotto gimbal head.




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Old Dec 22, 2010, 7:42 AM   #2
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Very nice detail in the feathers on #1 and excellent composition on #2. What kind of post processing are you applying...or are these basically straight out of the camera? The sharpness is outstanding!

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Very nice detail in the feathers on #1 and excellent composition on #2. What kind of post processing are you applying...or are these basically straight out of the camera? The sharpness is outstanding!

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Hi and thank you for taking the time to comment.

The 1st image is pretty much out of the camera-only resized down to accommodate the web. The 2nd was edited using CS5 and Adobe's Camera RAW. I sharpened it a little bit, then adjusted the exposure. Both shots were taken through a double paned storm window. As a result, I find, a little sharpening, at times, is needed.

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It is a beautiful picture with a lot of details .... I love it !!!... did you use the Gimbal head ??
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It is a beautiful picture with a lot of details .... I love it !!!... did you use the Gimbal head ??
Thank you and yes, the 393 gimbal is the only head I use these days. Very easy to swivel in almost any direction.

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Beautiful shots of a beautiful bird! I've only seen them once or twice here in Southern California and they are stunning birds.
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Beautiful shots of a beautiful bird! I've only seen them once or twice here in Southern California and they are stunning birds.
Thank you for taking the time to look and to comment. And I agree, they are a very beautiful bird.

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WOW Zig, you fooled me with the title, I was expecting an antilope or badger or something. Pleasent suprise... Frank
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I am always impressed with how sharp and clean your bird shots are.


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WOW Zig, you fooled me with the title, I was expecting an antilope or badger or something. Pleasent suprise... Frank

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I am always impressed with how sharp and clean your bird shots are.


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Thank you for taking the time to look and to comment. Much appreciate the kind words.

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