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Old Apr 30, 2007, 12:55 AM   #1
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1. Nuthatch. Sort of blue-gray on the back and sides, depending on the light.


2. Bluebird. For some reason my camera just refused to focus on this guy. I finally used manual focus for the first time.


3. Bluebird from a very long ways off.


4. Backyard Blue Jay. Finally back after years of absence due to West Nile Virus.


5. He is waiting for a seed to move. Then he will pounce!




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Old Apr 30, 2007, 2:48 AM   #2
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Nice pics there Steve....love the Blue Jay shots....how close were you to get those?

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Old Apr 30, 2007, 3:32 AM   #3
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I see some noise in #1 & #2. Irrespective of that, all the 5 are very good bird shots. Keep it up, Steve.
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Thanks for looking and commenting Mark and Raghu. Mark, for the jay I was probably forty feet away and used my tele converter. They are lightly cropped. Raghu, what noise reduction program did you use? I don't think I used anything but Elements smart fix on those. I had taken them far from home and by the time I worked on them my eyes were too tired to notice the noise.
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I am still wondering how do you manage to take a such excellent pic of a bird with PS camera( I find it is very slow in reaction.and birds are fast in action)Great work
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Thats good detail for that distance Steve....impressive.

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Old Apr 30, 2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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I am still wondering how do you manage to take a such excellent pic of a bird with PS camera( I find it is very slow in reaction.and birds are fast in action)Great work
I throw away a lot of pictures that don't work. And when I use auto-bracket, I take an heck of a lot of crisp sharp pictures of a stick where the bird used to be a moment before. The jay was not too bad. As you can see in the second photo, he was waiting for a seed to move or something so he was holding still. There are a lot of bird species you probably won't see me post too many pictures of. Flycatchers for instance. They don't hold still long enough.

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