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Old Feb 10, 2010, 10:57 AM   #1
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Not much sunshine in my life, so these are all gloom shots, taken in light snow or as it was taking a momentary rest. So gloomy, but better then they would have been with my FZ18.

A male Hooded Merganser and his female Mallard girlfriend. He fights off male Mallards who come near her.


Long-tailed Duck. Note, these have such fine feathers on the head that even in good light they do not look super sharp in that area.


And a cute cat from the local zoo.

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wow, These shots are definitely hard to take with all that white background. I love that long tailed duck but it has to high of an iso noise. Most of these shots are difficult to take. the first one has blur on his leg and the white makes it even harder to take. The third one with the tiger has blurry fur. also hard to take.

Very difficult shots.
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i like them. especially the "kitty" cat!
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What a cat!!! Great pictures.
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Nicely done, Steve-

Have a great day.

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Old Feb 10, 2010, 11:57 AM   #6
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Well done, it's only since i have tried taking some wildlife shots that i have realized how hard it is, especially with snow as a background!
I hope you dont mind me adding some ducks and a cat to your thread.
The male mallard is another one that always looks noisy.
My daughter caught sam showing what he thinks of my strawberries!
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 4:43 PM   #7
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Thanks all. Glad you like my critters.

And Cresho

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I love that long tailed duck but it has to high of an iso noise.
I care so little about noise. I mean, I do run them through Neat Image as an Elements plug in, but I turn it way down. I shoot in conditions that keep most people, and all their cameras, indoors. Because that is how I like it. That duck was ISO 400, I have a few that were up to ISO 800, and a few of the people who saw the shots are in awe. Because on the nice days, with lots of people and dogs about, the birds are not there. If I really cared about zero noise I would have a DSLR, but then it would be too expensive to take out in the conditions I shoot in.

As time goes by though, I will figure out the settings that most reduce noise and artifacts in the condtions I shoot in. I've had the camera but a week now.

Duck at ISO 640
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Oh, and Alun, Nice ducks and cat of your own. Sure you can add to my threads if you would like. I don't mind.
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"Happy", those are awesome pictures... absolutely spot on. Say, the cat climbing onto the chair... excellent quality. May I ask what system (camera) and setting you used?

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Hi Ned.
The cat was shot by Alun (and daughter) so I will let them answer your question.
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