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Old Nov 9, 2010, 11:05 AM   #1
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Hi All, I was trying to shoot birds with my FZ 35. But realised the task was far more difficult than what I thought. While zooming in the IS is not too effective every shot is blurred if I get too close the birds fly away

I was mostly trying to shoot in Shutter Priority mode.

Pls do give your suggestions on best settings and how to zoom max without shake
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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You want the fastest shutter speed so you want the aperture as wide open as possible which is f4.4 when fully zoomed. Your first two shots used f8 which will have slowed it down so it's blurred.

Also try switching to spot metering if the bird is silhouetted as in #3 and #5
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You may also want to try "outdoor sports" setting, which will select the right settings to capture fast moving people.

Also, if you are zooming much, you really need a tripod.

The last one is a very cute bird!
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I have found that patience is its own reward when shooting birds. I once stood in the same spot for 20 minutes trying not to move. After awhile the birds began to ignore me while I shot away, making sure not to make any sudden motions. I usually use "P" mode to set limits on ISO and such.
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 11:51 AM   #5
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Thanks Martin & Sally.

Frank...AWESOME SHOT!!!
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Thanks Martin & Sally.

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I believe that's a red-bellied woodpecker.

My in-laws have a bunch of bird feeders around their house and live out in the country. I'm going up to visit on Thanksgiving and will again have my FZ35.

If I need to zoom out more, I try to lean against something to steady the shot - a tree, house, post, etc., even slow my breathing.

If possible you need to find a position that lets you 'blend in' to your surroundings more so birds will calm down. They get very nervous when seeing something new/different where they congregate in most places.

On the other hand, where birds are used to people being around and feeding them, they get quite bold. I've seen birds eat right out of people's hands. My inlaws have a pair of wild ducks that will come up out of the pond and literally knock on their porch door, as they want some treats.
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