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Old Dec 28, 2004, 6:35 PM   #1
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These were shot with a Canon 300/2.8 (non-IS) mostly on monopod but some with monopod lifted from the ground for a quick shot. Shutter was usually between 800 and 1000 and aperture averaged at 4. No flash. Redpolls are extremely photogenic birds and I'm loving the experience.



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Old Dec 28, 2004, 8:08 PM   #2
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very Nice looking little birds, I like the second shot for the subdued background color, reminds me of some kind of greetings card:-)
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Old Dec 28, 2004, 8:14 PM   #3
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Indeed, alady, just what I thought myself. I'd seen redpoles on cards before but always thought it was some kind of painting. Now I know that it's just the way that these birds photograph in the appropriate light. Similar thing with the waxwings.
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Old Dec 28, 2004, 9:48 PM   #4
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Absolutely beautiful. With all the color in the bird mixed with the background color they're really nice.
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Old Dec 28, 2004, 10:50 PM   #5
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Awesome shots, as usual, Norm.
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Old Dec 28, 2004, 11:45 PM   #6
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Zowie, Norm! I just love your redpoll series. Those first two shots (the first one is a crop of the second, right?) are perfect for the cover of some winter greeting cards.

I'm interested in your monopod. At this moment I don't want to consider the inconvenience of carrying around a tripod but a monopod sounds good to me, especially considering that I feel I am not the steadiest at handling longer lenses, even the ones with IS. So, tell me what monopod you have and what kind of head you use on it...

(ps: I wish I was getting your bright light. I want to be able to get exposures at 1/800 to 1/1000 like you used on these.)
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One is a crop of the other, yes. I've had 2 or 3 saying a similar thing about photo #1 (which indeed is a crop). I'm personally quite tickled at how this bird photographs in the winter landscape, it's surreal.

My monopod won't break the bank, it's about as cheap as they come: OPUS OT-S10M (huge price tag of $30 US). The ball head is a Manfrotto 486, about $60 US. Photographyreview doesn't have much good to say about it but it works for me: http://www.photographyreview.com/psc...3_3134crx.aspx

This combo is cheap, lightweight, and if I leave it behind at a shoot I won't kick myself too hard, so all those are advantages to me.

As for the bright light, it would bea puzzle to me why you couldn't get enough light with your F/4 (without the extender) as I had no trouble the other day with my F4 lens. Unless it's all the white snow? It's been extremely clear the past few days, just cold.
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As for the bright light, it would bea puzzle to me why you couldn't get enough light with your F/4 (without the extender) as I had no trouble the other day with my F4 lens. Unless it's all the white snow? It's been extremely clear the past few days, just cold.
Well, it's no puzzle to me. Two reasons... The first is that we've had gray and cloudy days although today was broken clouds and sun peeking through. The second reason is that I didn't get a chance to go out shooting until just about 45 minutes before sunset meaning my light was disappearing quickly. Oregon is typically going to be dark, gray, and cloudy until mid-spring. Summers here are glorious and I am really looking forward to that season for getting practice at the bird photography with ample light.

Thanks for the description of your monopod. I gotta get me what you have or something similar.
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Old Dec 29, 2004, 4:33 AM   #9
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Great series. #5 looks as though it has a startled look in its eyes. #6
looks as if it was thinking, "Aren't I just the cutest thing!"
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