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Old Apr 7, 2007, 8:16 PM   #1
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My current technique for shooting birds is to have the camera either on auto-bracket or on low speed burst mode. I take a few shots when I see a bird, but if it looks like it is going to stay a moment I hit the timer button to get a two second timer and then push the shutter button and try and be steady. Either setting gives 3 shots when the timer is used. This seems to me to result in steadier shots then I get just pushing the shutter. These shots were all teleconverter shots. The warbler was in the woods and sparrow at an edge. The warbler could be a bit sharper, but I am quite satisfied with the shots posted. Unless of course I get better ones, but the way these birds flit the odds are not with me. All shots aperture priority.

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
1/200 second. f/3.6


1/320 second. f/3.6


Field Sparrow
Sun kept dabbling with clouds for these shots so I had to play with aperture.
1/400 second. f/4.5


1/500 second. f/5.6 He kept hamming it up and this was the cutest.



I hope you enjoy the birds. Feel free to comment.
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Old Apr 7, 2007, 8:54 PM   #2
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Very nice Steve. I shall have to try your method with the timer.

P.S. Seems to be some greenery in the sparrow shots. Could that be hopefully a sign of something you might be wishing for?
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Old Apr 7, 2007, 11:25 PM   #3
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Very nice captures Happy,. Love the sparrow pictures.

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Old Apr 7, 2007, 11:26 PM   #4
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P.S. Seems to be some greenery in the sparrow shots. Could that be hopefully a sign of something you might be wishing for?
We do have a little greenery. Much of which is wilted by the frost.

Regarding your garden. There is a device called a Wall O Water that I use for early tomato plants. They work well for me for a few years and then fall apart. But I have on occasion had red fruit by the 4th of July, which is way early for up here.

http://gardenharvestsupply.com/produ...p;idproduct=15

I buy them at Burpees but edited this to replace the link with this one as the Burpee link was way to long for the page.
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Old Apr 8, 2007, 7:59 AM   #5
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nice work!
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Old Apr 8, 2007, 8:42 AM   #6
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Happy P.

Wall of water thing caught my attention. Did a cut/paste/google

You can make a wall of water.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/lab/msg0516363918431.html?1



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Old Apr 8, 2007, 11:46 AM   #7
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All your shots are nicely framed. I love the last 2 shots.

Your first 2 shots look soft, overexposed and there is purple fringing,... try this experiment and see how it works out...stop them down an f-stop or 2, itwill reduce purple fringing and give you greater depth if field, bringing your subjects in greater focus. If they come out a little underexposed, you can always correct that in post processing.

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All your shots are nicely framed. I love the last 2 shots.

Your first 2 shots look soft, overexposed and there is purple fringing,... try this experiment and see how it works out...stop them down an f-stop or 2, itwill reduce purple fringing and give you greater depth if field, bringing your subjects in greater focus. If they come out a little underexposed, you can always correct that in post processing.

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The shot below is closer to what the shot looked like out of the camera. For these shots I used Elements 4.0 Smart Fix, and thought it looked a little paler then it should but used it anyway. This one I did not use the Smart Fix key but only Contrast and Saturation. I thought it looked better but figured Elements knows more then I do. (Silly me.)

I use manual settings when I can, but for general walking through the woods I usually use aperture priority, and when I stopped down a bit the shutter speed went way too low for my shaky hands.

Thanks for your always appreciated comments. I hope for enough sun to lower that f-stop my next walk.




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Old Apr 8, 2007, 2:00 PM   #9
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Thats a nice capture Happy. I`d be well pleased with that one. Shows off the yellow parts very well. Like the other shots too, those sparrows look a lot more colourful than our house sparrows.

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happy_peasant wrote:
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All your shots are nicely framed. I love the last 2 shots.

Your first 2 shots look soft, overexposed and there is purple fringing,... try this experiment and see how it works out...stop them down an f-stop or 2, itwill reduce purple fringing and give you greater depth if field, bringing your subjects in greater focus. If they come out a little underexposed, you can always correct that in post processing.

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The shot below is closer to what the shot looked like out of the camera. For these shots I used Elements 4.0 Smart Fix, and thought it looked a little paler then it should but used it anyway. This one I did not use the Smart Fix key but only Contrast and Saturation. I thought it looked better but figured Elements knows more then I do. (Silly me.)

I use manual settings when I can, but for general walking through the woods I usually use aperture priority, and when I stopped down a bit the shutter speed went way too low for my shaky hands.

Thanks for your always appreciated comments. I hope for enough sun to lower that f-stop my next walk.



I like this one much better....and yes the human eye is better than any program... I override mine all the times
Here's a little trick you can do to hi-lite the bird and bring the eye to it...if you have a dodge and burn feature on your program you can spot contrast+lighten the bird by hand...the trick is to use low settings and go over the subject many times. I've quickly reworked your picture to illustrate my point...hope this helps.

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