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Old Apr 5, 2005, 8:47 PM   #1
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I've been going out to this local lake in the afternoons to try to get some shots of something flying so as to help prepare me for my upcoming trip to a bird festival this weekend. All of the Gulls have departed and nothing there to fly anymore. So I shot a couple of ducks to practice on the white birds. Here's my catch.

1. White duck - ISO 400, Partial metering, 1/1600th, F5.6

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Old Apr 5, 2005, 8:51 PM   #2
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2. White Duck - ISO 400, 1/1600, F5.6

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Old Apr 5, 2005, 8:58 PM   #3
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I had lots of distracting background caused from forgetting what the camera settings were. But I thought the pic was fairly good so I tried my hand at getting rid of all the bad stuff. What do you guys think.........

3. Mockingbird - ISO 400, 1/6th YES 1/6th sec, F20

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4. Blackbird (Redwing) ? - ISO 400, 1/30, F5.6

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Old Apr 5, 2005, 10:25 PM   #5
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These are all good shots, Houston. I think you are really considering both subject and background together and it's showing in your posts. The blackbird and the first photo are my favorites in this series.

By the way, I got the outhouse blind and had no problem refolding it. However, the reason I had no problem I believe is because when I opened it up I spent a whole pile of time figuring out where everything fit. It's a great little outfit and I'm looking forward to using it this year.
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That's definitely a red winged black bird. All wonderful shots. I love the detail shown in the first one. Great job on a white bird.
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Beautiful shots Houston. You and Normcar are an inspiration. Cheers.....thekman.
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Old Apr 6, 2005, 6:36 AM   #8
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By the way, I got the outhouse blind and had no problem refolding it. However, the reason I had no problem I believe is because when I opened it up I spent a whole pile of time figuring out where everything fit. It's a great little outfit and I'm looking forward to using it this year.
Thanks for looking in Norm and always for your most welcome commments. Glad to here you got your blind. You were very smart to watch what you were doing when you unfolded it. I'm expecting the new lens tomorrow and really getting nervous about the bird festival this weekend. :whack:.

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Old Apr 6, 2005, 8:40 AM   #9
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Bmullen & Thekman, I really appreciate you guys looking in and commenting. Thats one of the things that keeps a guy going.

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Old Apr 7, 2005, 12:00 AM   #10
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Houston, the 1st pic is really great. Captures white on white extremely well, which is often hard to do. The mockingbird pic is really sharp but it looks like it was just stuck there like it was clipped out of a magazine. All in all, nice shots!!

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