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Old Mar 28, 2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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I was having breakfast the others day when a flock of Rainbow lorikeets flew into a tree in my backyard (I do live in Lorikeet Court). I grabbed the camera and spent 15 minutes snapping away. It was a very dark overcast morning so I was constantly messing around with the exposure settings to try to bring out their colours. Focus was also tricky as they move around so quickly.

Out of more than 200 shots I was surprised that more than 70 were keepers.

This FZ35 continues to amaze me...

All shots are OOC with no cropping or editing. I did use the EZ zoom at 3Meg to get the extreme close ups.

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Mate they are all sensational! Who said Victorians weren't good at anything except AFL?! (Aussie joke sorry )

Try at touch of increased contrast on the first shot, might de-emphasise the background a little.

I have also found that a small amount of unsharp mask can sharpen details up nicely. Sarah may have more advice on this than me :

Again well done, you are really getting your '35 to show it's true colours.
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Those almost look HDR...really beautiful shots...
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I would consider getting a circular polarizer, it may help with the white sky's, They seem very white out. Or it may be the weather condition of the day. Can not tell. Very nice color on the birds, some minor editing will add to the shot. Very nicely done from the fz. What was the range on the close up zooms?
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Very beautiful shots, good both in colour and sharpness. We see these birds only in the zoo.
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Really great shots. The zoom works great.
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Well done, CheeseBoy!

I love the colours. Considering the weather when the photos were taken (per your description) I think you did very well indeed.

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Thanks for all the comments and advice. I am looking at getting a couple of filters at the moment.

Maybe a polariser and a UV...
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skip the UV it will not do anything usesful. I would instead get a neutral density filter or a haze 1 or 2 filter. They will help warm the shots.
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skip the UV it will not do anything usesful. I would instead get a neutral density filter or a haze 1 or 2 filter. They will help warm the shots.
Thanks for the filter advice. I have read many arguments for and against the UV filters. What would the ND filter do?

I forgot to mention that the range for the close ups was about 4m from the birds using maximum EZ zoom.
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