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Old Jan 9, 2005, 9:57 PM   #1
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The sun was out today in Northern California so my wife and I decided to take advantage and go to the local refuge. This Meadowlark was busily searching for tasty morsels when I snapped this picture.

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Old Jan 9, 2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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Lovely photo smac

Your choice to get down to the bird's level really paid off in this one and the lark decided to give you a really nice pose to boot; looks like the plants and sky decided to be cooperative as well. Can't get much better than this one for a really fresh mood. I see cereal commercial here :-)
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Norm.
It was a gorgeous day. A welcome change from the rain.

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Old Jan 10, 2005, 12:48 AM   #4
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Good one, smac! My comments would echo Norm's. I always found Meadowlarks to be a bit tough to approach so you really did good here.

Norm is bemoaning the fact that all the good birds to photograph are gone from his neck of the woods and down around where I and others live. But you live even further south where you now make me feel like Norm! You lucky thing...
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Old Jan 10, 2005, 5:37 AM   #5
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Nice pic, nice composition. BTW, how did you get all that light and that
blue sky? Did you use that new tool called "sun"? I got to get me one!
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Very nice work smac. I only saw these guys once at my local park, but they wouldn't let me come any closer.

Sun, you mean you had sun on sunday? I was out at my local park sitting inside the car while it was raining, hoping it will stop. It did after a while and I was able to get couple of duck shots. But the car's batteries died as I had left the lights on by mistake. Lucky someone stopped by and gave a jump start.
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I think you might want to dial some -EV for sunny shots like these. I know FZ camera need a bit. I used to have -1/3 almost all the time on my FZ1.
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Great shot. Man he is really posing for you. These guys are normally tough to get close to, you did a really nice job on these.

If you reduced the brightness and then increased contrast just a smidge you may get the colors to come out even more.
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bobbyz wrote:
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I think you might want to dial some -EV for sunny shots like these. I know FZ camera need a bit. I used to have -1/3 almost all the time on my FZ1.
Hey, thanks for the tip. I will try that, if and when we get another sunny day. Today was back to the cold drab overcast skies threatening rain, rain, and more rain. Glad to hear you didn't get stuck. Been there, it sucks big time.

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Great shot. Man he is really posing for you. These guys are normally tough to get close to, you did a really nice job on these.

*If you reduced the brightness and then increased contrast just a smidge you may get the colors to come out even more.
My lucky day for great tips. Thanks Zoomn. I will give it a go.

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