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Old Feb 8, 2009, 11:15 AM   #11
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Those 3 are definitely keepers with the last being my favorite. I don't generally see Orioles, at least that's what I think the last bird is. Very pretty bird.

As for the success rate. I find it amazing, humorous quite frankly as to how many shots of birds that I've taken and think to myself, gee, I think I've just gotten a great shot. Only to load the shots into the PC, look at them and groan as most are either out of focus, depth of field is too narrow, or wings are terribly blurred.

Makes it all the more satisfying when I finally end up with a keeper. Glad this isn't film photography. Yikes!!!

I keep thinking about that EC-14 teleconverter

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Yep, that's an Oriole. Their song is as pretty as they are. They love grape jelly, and we've a loyal following every year. There are others that enjoy the sticky treat too.

I've exagerated the hit ratio, but I must say it seems like the 1 out of a thousand at times. Last year I took my new SWD 50-200/EC-14/E-3 combo and sat in a lawn chair about 35 feet from an Oriole building its nest in a swaying branch and thought it would be an interesting series. I filled a 4gb card and spent about 2 hours doing so. The concentration to keep the AF point where it should be was exhausting. At the end of it, the number of keepers... out of about 400 attempts... A goose egg. Absolutely zero.

As to the EC-14, its a big part of my kit. The 50-200 makes great use of it, but to my surprise theuse of it on the 50 macro is a greater portion of its use. The 35 macro seems to do very well with it too.

Anyway, back to the jelly...





And back to the Oriole



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Old Feb 8, 2009, 11:29 AM   #12
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.............hey, maybe I should try the bird thing again!

Like I posted, that buzzard is the only bird I've kept but Greg's stmt 3/3500 gets me thinking, I haven't made near that many bird attempts yet, but enough to be frustrated over it, so I changed back to baseballs. My bird BIF rate is something like 1 buzzard / not enough tries. My baseballs BIF rate is acceptable (to me).

Zig, Steven and Greg .......... I really like your bird photos, all of them. Thanks for this thread, it is a refreshing.
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.............hey, maybe I should try the bird thing again!

Like I posted, that buzzard is the only bird I've kept but Greg's stmt 3/3500 gets me thinking,

If you like long odds, birds are for you. You like lottery type odds, try some of these.


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Great shots guys. Fldspringer, I really like the hummingbird shot, its my favorite. The color on the oriole is spectacular. Good work.

Since we are sharing birds, I show another one that I took just recently. It's one of my Great Blue Herons. Every year they build a nest in the same tree just across the pond, and they are frequently walking in my back yard. Living in Florida, I have a great collection of bird shots, but they are all of big, slow birds, who get relatively close to me. The Sandhill Cranes will practically walk right up to you so long as you don't make any rapid movements. So I can't claim any great skill in photographing them. Your shots of fast and small birds requires much more patience and skill than I have to use in my shots. My reward is that most of mine are easy keepers, and I've built a good collection of them.

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Steven,

Those Great Blue Heron may be a bit easier to photograph than the smaller birds but they are nonetheless quite majestic looking. If you want a challange, try sitting with your camera and wait to take a shot of one of them when they're hunting for food. They can be lightning quick in their strike at a baitfish. I tried it and as yet have not been able to capture one striking a fish.

Greg, That's a great image of the hummingbird. I very rarely see hummingbirds - but that's probably because I don't put anything out to attract them. The times that I do see them, they're simply so fast that I get discouraged and sdon't make an attempt.

Not sure if you guys have seen some really fine images of hummingbirds posted recently by Jack55. I think he uses an E-510. Not sure on the lens but here is a link to a series of photos he's posted recently on Steve's Digicams: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=90

They're, to me, simply spectacular.

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By the way, Greg, thanks for the grape jelly tip. Think i'll try that when the weather a bit warmer.






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I like all the shots. Its a great heron too. Better than any I've managed to shoot yet!

I think its all about not expecting perfection with every shot. With birds, it simply won't happen that way.

Keep on trying, keep on figuring ways to get closer, and keep up your spirits when things don't work out. When you do catch a good shot, treasure it.

I enjoy being outdoors and the camera and birds just give me another excuse.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, and I think its good posting what our lil Oly cams can do!

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Hi guys: I can see that my 40-150mm is not as sharp as the 50-200; but since this thread has turned into bird shots, I had some new visitors to my back yard. Just wanted to share, as they are not my normal bird visitors.They were only here for one afternoon this weekend, don't know if they will come back.

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