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Old Feb 8, 2009, 4:32 PM   #1
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While shooting through the windows for the 'Biweekly Shootout' forum's current 'through the window' challenge, Iattempted a few shots of our bird table, using a 'hide' consisting of the camera pointing through the curtains from an upstairs window.

I was pleasantly surprised at some of my preliminary results; I'm still working on my technique. Depth of field was the main problem, at full zoom. Also, these little birds move very quickly!

These images wouldn't stand up well in the 'Wildlife Photos' forum, with all their big aperture long lenses, but for such a low-priced camera I hope they represent the Kodak superzooms reasonably! Hand-held; I'mstill working out exactly where to place the tripod.


Exposure program: Aperture priority
Exposure bias [EV]: 0.0
Focal length [mm]: 70.2
35mm focal length [mm]: 396
ISO value: 200
Shutter speed [s]: 1/1024
Aperture: F5.7
Cropped, Colour balance & curves adjusted; resized, sharpened

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This will be next year's Christmas card, perhaps.

Settings as before except 1/800s. Curves and colour correction accidentally gave exaggerated colour, brighter than life.


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Exposure bias [EV]: 0.67
Focal length [mm]: 70.2
35mm focal length [mm]: 396
ISO value: 200
Shutter speed [s]: 1/256
Aperture: F7.2

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Exposure program: Aperture priority
Exposure bias [EV]: 1.67
Focal length [mm]: 70.2
35mm focal length [mm]: 396
ISO value: 200
Shutter speed [s]: 1/256
Aperture: F5.7
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 5:02 PM   #5
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Full frame, resized only. Note the fringeing along the back.Camera sharpness wasset at 'normal. I'll try turningsharpening off on a similar shot if I get another opportunity

Exposure program: Aperture priority
Exposure bias [EV]: 1.67
Focal length [mm]: 70.2
35mm focal length [mm]: 396
ISO value: 200
Shutter speed [s]: 1/256
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Cropped, curves adjusted, resized
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Full frame, resized only. Two crops at 100%, pixel for pixel, follow

Exposure program: Aperture priority
Exposure mode: Manual
Exposure bias [EV]: 0.33
Focal length [mm]: 60.8
35mm focal length [mm]: 353
ISO value: 100
Shutter speed [s]: 1/406
Aperture: F5.7

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Full size crop from previous image
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...and another 100% crop. I conclude that this little camera can do quite well, when the light is good.
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Thanks for a great series of photos, Alan-

They really look great. I shows what that "high colour" selection can do!

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