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Old Jan 13, 2011, 7:39 PM   #11
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I took this a few days before.

I guess with better light the auto settings work
also an element of luck


The image is a bit small and hard to tell, but this looks like a really great shot! I would try the cormorant again, on a sunnier day if possible, and use point focus. The background of the cormorant seems to be in focus, so I don't think it's a faulty camera.

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Old Jan 13, 2011, 7:52 PM   #12
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As Sally posted and Clint reinforced, when shooting wildlife you will need fast shutter speeds. Auto worked fine for the shot of the gulls. But when shooting the cormorant, you had a lot less light and therefore slower shutter speeds.

My advise would be:

(1) To shoot in the "P" Mode with spot focus

(2) Initially set the ISO to 400

(3) Press halfway down on the shutter release that will display the shutter speed your camera is proposing for those lighting conditions. If the Shutter Speed is less than 1/250th, go to step (4)

(4) To get a higher shutter speed set the ISO to 800. This will increase the shutter speed at the cost of a bit of electronic noise.

(5) Any visible electronic noise in your images can be cleaned up with "noise" software, like Neat Image, which by the way has a free download.

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Old Jan 13, 2011, 10:02 PM   #13
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Digit-al, that's a cool photo of the birds
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 10:33 PM   #14
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Practice, Spot Focus (usually) and you might try Manual Priority, 1/250 second, f/5 or 5.6, and let camera select ISO with a limit of 400. I usually shoot with a tele converter so I have the shutter speed set faster, but use these when not using it.

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Old Jan 14, 2011, 7:29 AM   #15
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Digit-al,

I feel your pain. I take a lot of wildlife shots with the FZ35 and it is tricky to get the focus spot on. Shooting digital images are free so when I have a cooperative subject, I take many shots using different setting and clean out the bad ones later.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 8:03 AM   #16
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Thanks very much for all the advice
Hopefully I will be better prepared next time, I will get some practice in this weekend

Sadly I have been waiting for 18 months to get some pictures of this Cormorant its very shy

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Sadly I have been waiting for 18 months to get some pictures of this Cormorant its very shy
Perhaps a glass of wine might help break down its inhibitions?
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 9:56 AM   #18
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Hey, Mick-

Have you been affected by the flooding?

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Old Jan 14, 2011, 11:32 AM   #19
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Al,

Keep after him. The cormorant family is a very intersting bird. I have a family of Anhingas (part of cormorant family) that live out back and it is tricky to get close to them. At full otu zoom, tack focus is ridiculously difficult. Here is the female below...she's a beauty but as you can see at full zoom, she isn't exactly tack-sharp.
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