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Old Jan 20, 2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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All of these except the diving duck taken this weekend in air temperature of between 0 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The diving duck was on Frday and it was warmer. It was in the teens. So I did not play with settings too much as my fingers were numbed out.

The lake will be all misty like that until Spring.


Young male Goldeneye going after somthing.


Female Goldeneye enjoying herself. Crazy ducks!


Goldfinches


American Tree Sparrow (and Goldfinch rump)


Really bad landing by a Herring Gull.


Preening Swan


Flying swan. Ugly background is mist on the lake.


Get a bit higher and the sky is nice and blue. This was quite late and the sun is on the bottom of the bird. Works for me.


Which is more graceful: Bird A (above), or Bird B (below)?

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 3:57 PM   #2
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These are all very nice. I haven't been on this forum for quite some time so I was wondering what camera are you using? I noticed the photos have a bit of a "watercolor" look to them. I have a FZ20 but am considering the FZ50.
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Nice series Steve. I think the preening swan is your best shot.

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 6:27 PM   #4
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These are all very nice. I haven't been on this forum for quite some time so I was wondering what camera are you using? I noticed the photos have a bit of a "watercolor" look to them. I have a FZ20 but am considering the FZ50.
These were all shot with an FZ18. Some RAW and converted, some shot as JPEGs. I am not sure what you mean by watercolor look as they look normal to me. Meaning pretty much what I am used to from this camera and the FZ7 before it.
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 8:48 AM   #5
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Very nice shots. I envy you.. you get to see so many birds. I get only crows here in the crowded suburb.

If only the second bird (the one that is behind) bird in the first snap had been a little.. little lower, it would have made an excellent shot, the first birdlooking almost likehaving four wings. Something like this..
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Thanks for looking and commenting Emmanuel and Raghu. And Raghu, I thought of that myself when I saw the shot. Maybe someday I will get one that way out of the camera. No lack of gulls to play with here.
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Very nice series Steve, The first shot and bird "A" are my favorites.
Poor bird "b" looks like it is struggling to stay a few inches above the water.
The goldfinches are well camouflaged in that environment.
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Very nice series Steve, The first shot and bird "A" are my favorites.
Poor bird "b" looks like it is struggling to stay a few inches above the water.
The goldfinches are well camouflaged in that environment.
Thanks for look and commet tinosa. Even though they are common, I always enjoy shooting the gulls and am happy when I get a shot like the first one. I don't know how often I will cacch swans flying overhead so that may be the only flight series I ever shoot.
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Once again, Steve, some very nice captures.
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