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Old Mar 22, 2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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I wanted to try out a flickr mosiac maker so I selected a few gull shots taken the other day when this gull was making loops of a quarter mile or so around the harbor. I think he was doing it so I could practice tracking.



I think I could crop much tighter to use this tool as the pictures shrink a bit. If you want to see the originals click on the one below and then look at the set it goes with.

For the one below, if I wanted to use it in the mosiac maker I would have to crop the picture so that it became square. I tried a few normal dimension pictures and found if the subject matter is off center something important gets cut off.




Below from a day before above ones. Whenever his loops bring him into my neighborhood I would flip a bread ball up. It is extremely hard to flip a ball and still get a shot, but occasionally it works. (Well, once anyway.)


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Considering how you got the last shot you did an incredibly good job. I like the ones on the right in the set of four with the buildings in the background too.Shame the bird in the 2nd last pic was a bit to the right, the clarity is excellent.

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Very nice job at capturing birds in flight and all are very sharp. I have the worst time trying to capture things in motion. If I could do tis well I would be very happy. Any pointers?

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Very nice job at capturing birds in flight and all are very sharp. I have the worst time trying to capture things in motion. If I could do tis well I would be very happy. Any pointers?

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Friendly birds comes to mind as a pointer. For practice anyway. Pigeons or gulls come to chum. In my town it is not legal to feed pigeons so one would have to go somewhere out of the way. And once the beach season opens feeding gulls anywhere while a beach is open gets a person run out of the area by police.

Otherwise, I keep one finger on the zoom lever and use burst mode a lot. Or exposure compensation. I think all above though I took in one shot mode with continuous auto-focus as that is my current thing to learn. I have an FZ7 where the zoom is by the picture button. I don't know how good I would be with a double digit camera where I had to spin a ring. Hardest part to me now is deciding on degree of zoom. I want minimal cropping but have thrown away oh so many pictures because the zoom was too tight and some useful piece of bird was missing. That is for close birds though. Far away birds are much easier to track.

Back to friendly birds. Se picture below. Good brisk wind, top bird was target, Almost hovering against the wind. Just as I snapped white bird came and said "Me too! Take my picture too!" Or something like that in bird talk.

(Edited to add: It is impossible to be still while doing this, but try and be smooth in your motions.)


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Old Mar 22, 2007, 2:36 PM   #5
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Great bird shots. )
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Old Mar 22, 2007, 5:24 PM   #6
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Happy, You have a wonderful ability to capture these gulls. I know how difficult it actually is, yet you seem to just roll them out. Fantastic.

Talking of your mosaid, I was wondering if you had ever used a collage effect. Might be interesting to overlay gulls in flight and get a tight flock. I know the freebie Picasa can do it and I have seen some wonderful shots with plants.

Keep posting. One day I will manage one. My only one to date was purely accidental. Like you response to Hiroshi, I was taking something else and a bird decided to come and have a bit of a ticky beak at what was happening.




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Very nice job at capturing birds in flight and all are very sharp. I have the worst time trying to capture things in motion. If I could do tis well I would be very happy. Any pointers?

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Friendly birds comes to mind as a pointer. For practice anyway. Pigeons or gulls come to chum. In my town it is not legal to feed pigeons so one would have to go somewhere out of the way. And once the beach season opens feeding gulls anywhere while a beach is open gets a person run out of the area by police.

Otherwise, I keep one finger on the zoom lever and use burst mode a lot. Or exposure compensation. I think all above though I took in one shot mode with continuous auto-focus as that is my current thing to learn. I have an FZ7 where the zoom is by the picture button. I don't know how good I would be with a double digit camera where I had to spin a ring. Hardest part to me now is deciding on degree of zoom. I want minimal cropping but have thrown away oh so many pictures because the zoom was too tight and some useful piece of bird was missing. That is for close birds though. Far away birds are much easier to track.

Back to friendly birds. Se picture below. Good brisk wind, top bird was target, Almost hovering against the wind. Just as I snapped white bird came and said "Me too! Take my picture too!" Or something like that in bird talk.

(Edited to add: It is impossible to be still while doing this, but try and be smooth in your motions.)

Thanks for the tips. I appreciate it.

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I continue to admire your perseverence!
Each time you post, the pictures get better.
This time I am impressed with the increased sharpness and the way you have been able to capture the texture of the feathers.
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Great pics Happy!
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