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Old Apr 4, 2010, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default Some bird shots to inspire everyone...

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Anyone with a hankerin' to do bird photography with Olympus equipment should take a look at Laura Pipkins folders on PBase. She's posted some new images the last few weeks in her 2010 folder, and they're just as great as all the other stuff over the last 2-3 years..

http://www.pbase.com/pipkin/picture_a_day_2010
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Old Apr 4, 2010, 7:57 AM   #2
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So, on this picture:
http://www.pbase.com/pipkin/image/122885901

Focal length is: 364mm.

Since this was taken with the EC20, then that means it was taken @ 182mm on the 50-200 SWD?

These are really nice pics!
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That would be correct regarding the lens setting. Her images certainly dispell the FUD spread in some forums about image quality when using the EC20 with the 50-200 SWD.
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I found it interesting that the shots I was looking at had an aperture of f8 and she was shooting in aperture priority... can I assume that this is due to the lens being sharper at that setting and she wanted max sharpness in her pics? Or simply f8 provided the proper backdrop to her pics?
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I found it interesting that the shots I was looking at had an aperture of f8 and she was shooting in aperture priority... can I assume that this is due to the lens being sharper at that setting and she wanted max sharpness in her pics? Or simply f8 provided the proper backdrop to her pics?
I believe Zig has posted her work before, and excellent work it is!

I agree about the aperture. She seems to stay right around that setting and uses ISO to get the necessary shutter speed. I have to get over my fear of leaving the base ISO.
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I have to get over my fear of leaving the base ISO.
I hear ya! I hate moving it from the ISO 100 position...
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Greg, I saw that post, she is very good and she also has a grasp on lighting and an eye for a good shot.
Her subjects are normally the larger birds, I mentioned to people there the one that really impresses me is Tinyfishy over at flickr. He shoots a large percentage of the small birds in flight and his work astounds me. I never really paid attention to what equipment he uses but I've spent a lot of time just going from photo to photo in total disbelief of how he catches so many impossible shots so often. He may not be quite as artistic as Laura but if you want to see incredible BIFs of small birds then check this link out and at the top go to his archives and thumb through them. I'm sure he will more than impress you.
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