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Old Jim Nov 6, 2005 7:47 PM

This Common Grackle was just beggin' for attention today at lunchtime. Singing, Holloring and Fluffin' up his feathers in fine style. I think he was lookin' for sum :G

bill2468 Nov 6, 2005 8:46 PM

Nice shot.:cool: notice some catchlight in the eye so I would thin it was a flash shot. Shallow depth so it looks like 10x zoom. Was it shutter preffered?

Whats the low down on the making of the shot.:?

I see many birds that bulking up on various berries in the trees for their migration flight but I am too lazy to take the camera (Dx7444) off auto and I often see that that was a bad choice.

Been seeing small woodpeckers, brown or common creepers, bluejays etc.

When I go for a walk I watch for fruit bearing trees and any kind of movment in the branches

I regret that my camera has such a weak little peanut of a flash.


kashka Nov 6, 2005 9:15 PM

Nice shot!..He really seems ruffled up at something..but I bet he would calm down if he knew he was now world famous on the internet...:lol:

Old Jim Nov 7, 2005 4:45 AM

Thanks for the kind comments.

You asked for it Bill. No set up for this shot. It was time for me to go back to work from lunch and I was putting my camera away. This guy just flew in next to my car so I had to get out the camera again risking being late for work. He was in the shade so I knew I need some fill light so yes the flash was used.

Focal Lenght 63mm (I think that is full zoom 10x)
Exp Time 1/350
Aperature f/3.7

In other words, Full Auto. Not enough time for me to take the time to go manuel. Thanks for asking. I just got lucky for once.

MrBlue Nov 7, 2005 4:49 AM

Great pic. Jim, the bird looks likeit's hungry.

Mr Blue

bill2468 Nov 7, 2005 6:11 AM

Thanks Jim!

I was never one to ask what F stop / shutter speed did you use. I always had a poor opinion of photographers that asked that and would say that the aperture and shutter speed does not always work depending on the light.

What I would like to know about photos postedis:

was it the max optical zoom range (which is...)

what laux. lens or was a dscope used

was the camera on auto or what other mode or priority

was it hand held

was a flash used

what iso (formerly asa)

This kind of info on the image could help change ones photo tactics improve or justify a change of shooting style.



dan279 Nov 7, 2005 6:53 PM

Good shot, Jim


alandjo Nov 8, 2005 8:49 AM

Very good shot Jim, as you suggest sometimes things go right.


Old Jim Nov 8, 2005 6:39 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

digcamfan Nov 9, 2005 10:11 AM

Hi Old Jim,

What Kodak digcam are you using please?

Thanks! :)

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