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Old Jun 24, 2004, 8:47 PM   #1
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Here are a few more taken this afternoon:









These have actually become quite easy. I am having about a 50% success rate in capturing something worth keeping. I've determined this little critter has a "flight path" that he takes almost every time. I just have to set up the camera pointing in the direction he is arriving from. It GREATLY helps to see him coming from a distance. It is easy to track him and time the shot as he approaches the bird house.

Thanks Eric CAN for your Photoshop sharpening trick! :-)
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oohhh..very nice! you have the focused locked on these too?! flash?

sharp as a tack man....well done second one is my favorite i think..because of the wing position...

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 12:35 AM   #3
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These pictures illustrate quite well that even the common house sparrow pictured here provides interest for those interested enough to observe them.

Darrell, it really looks like the bird is coming right into the camera in its flight path. Obviously, the camera is not between the bird and the bird's destination or else the bird would not have been imaged as in these pictures. So, I'm guessing that you have the camera setup immediately to the side of the birdhouse. Am I correct?
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The wings on that bird are so absolutely beautiful. That last shot is like an image from heaven. Cripes, eventually your birds will be telling me what Isaiah's words meant
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 3:40 AM   #5
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Great photos. :-)
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 8:03 AM   #6
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Darrell, it really looks like the bird is coming right into the camera in its flight path. Obviously, the camera is not between the bird and the bird's destination or else the bird would not have been imaged as in these pictures. So, I'm guessing that you have the camera setup immediately to the side of the birdhouse. Am I correct?
The bird will often sit on the fence (seen in the background) and makes sure it is safe before he flies to his house. That gives me time to prepare. A picture is worth 1000 words:


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You must have been freaking out when you loaded your pictures up and these showed up on your screen.

These are great!!
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ok.....i'm guessing you used flash, had a small arperture, and were still able to have fast shutter because of the flash.

either that

or your timing is unbelievable....

either way, it works

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Hi Vito,

Yes, I used a flash. I'm now at work so I cannot check settings, but I think I was at f4 (5.6 was too dark, even with the flash), 1/250th shutter (flash froze him, not the shutter speed), 100 iso, Sony 717. Camera focus was locked at .67 meters.

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oh true..flash frozen....that works

well done btw...your timing must be perfect to get them in the DOF....you did well for sure!

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