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Old Jun 18, 2005, 1:42 AM   #1
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First batch ofpicturesfrom my new camera and lens (D70s 80-400mm VR). My first SLR! I'm a beginner so I left the camera on autopilot. Post processing: FM and tweeked a bit with color, saturation and FM.

Any advice from the experienced on how I might have improved the images with using the manual settings? especialy the Savannah Sparrow in the wildflowers.



Gold finch in thistle - croped

Auto: 400mm 1/800s F/5.6 ISO 200
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 2:07 AM   #2
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White Crown Sparrow. I was very happy with this picture except for the fence. Used a little focus magic.

Lost the exposure info....
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These are lovely shots and I'd be interested to see the originals in order to determine whether or not you even needed focus magic on them. The exposure and color is excellent and your sense of composition here is evident, especially with the Finch shot. Your mention of the fence in shot two also testifies to this sensibility to composition. I hope to see more from you in the future here. Your shots are well worth looking at.
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Here's the savannah Sparrow. Would a higher ISO make it sharper?



Late afternoon sun on my right.

Auto: FL 400mm, 1/640s, f 5.6, ISO 200
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 3:17 AM   #5
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Thank you Normcar! I appreciate your positive feedback as I'm an admirer of yourposts on this forum. I have yet to evencome close tocapturing a barn swallow in flight as you did a few posts back. They have very unpredictable flight paterns and seem to never repeat patterns once they see that camera come out.

Here are the original pictures or ones taken just before or after theposts above.....


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KEM, excellent shots. The sparrow shot looks pretty sharp to me. Maybe if you cropped it a bit tighter more of the detail would be noticed.
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Some really good shots for your first outting with your new cam. Can manual settings
improve them? They all look pretty darned good to me!!!

I would suggest however, rather than shoot full auto mode where the camera is making
all the decisions, choose either apeture priority or shutter priority auto modes. That way,
you decide how much to freeze action or how much depth-of-field you want.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 3:43 PM   #10
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BMullen, Thanks for the complement. I know I'm nitpicking about sharpness but if I crop anymore it washes out. The small post is making it look sharper than it reallyis. I may justbe limited by the quality of the lens and lightat that focal length.

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