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Old Jan 12, 2007, 3:11 PM   #1
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This was our coldest morning of the year but the birds didn't seem to mind.










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Old Jan 12, 2007, 3:32 PM   #2
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well they are some of the finestbird shots I have seen around Steve's...how did you do that...what metering, and what shooting mode? Did you use flash, and ISO? I am sorry to nag...your shots are just that good! Donna
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 4:26 PM   #3
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well they are some of the finestbird shots I have seen around Steve's...how did you do that...what metering, and what shooting mode? Did you use flash, and ISO? I am sorry to nag...your shots are just that good! DonnaThanks
Donna for the very nice complements. For shooting birds with the FZ-50 I have started using manual most of the time. I set the aperture at 5.6 (usually) and then adjust only the shutter speed. Using the live preview I run the shutter speed as fast as I can go without underexposing the shot to much. I would much rather underexpose than overexpose. I find that an image always appears darker on the FZ lcd than it is when downloaded to my computer.
I use ISO 100, spot AF, spot metering, auto WB, all pic. adjustments standard except noise reduction on low, and always shoot in burst mode.
All these shots were taken at 5.6 or 6.3 and 250 or 320 at 420mm plus a TCON-17. the distances were between 15 and 25 feet.
If I forgot to cover just let me know.

PS I forgot to mention take 500 shots and pick the best 3 or 4.:-):-)
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 4:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info...one part I knew about already....take about 500 shots and keep the 2 or 3 good ones! Donna
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 5:54 PM   #5
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Fantastic shots, Ted. Thanks for posting and thanks for the information about the settings. As always, I am hungry for more of your pix!
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 6:15 PM   #6
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My compliments to your gorgeous bird photos!!! they are amazing and brillant.
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 7:37 PM   #7
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Great photos, Ted. The first two appear to be hummers. All ours are gone for now.

The last photos of the finches are great. We have some now at the feeders. Hope the photos I took today are okay. But, the finches here have not yet turned back to their name color. They are mostly grey with a veryslight hinting of yellow. As soon as the yellow starts to become readily apparent they are gone.
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What a forum! First looked at Rocky's pictures of the Bald Eagle and then your's of the finches #3 has to compete with the Bald Eagle for POTD

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One of the best bird pics I have seen here. Great job! Keep going and post more.
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I must agree with Donna, your birdpictures aresome of the best I have seen around this forum. Great job. Number three is my favorite.

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