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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hi any advice on which combination's of metering and AF modes to use, i.e. when taking photo's of scenery , wildlife birds etc

I am taking pictures of garden birds about 50-60 foot away and I cant seem to get them in focus very well any help appreciated, I have attached an example

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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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From my experience, 50-60 feet is really too far away to capture small birds effectively with the FZ. The best thing is to try and get within 20-30 feet or less (I know, that's really difficult to do...). Make sure you are either using a tripod or resting the camera on something sturdy when zooming. I would use spot focus, and probably multiple meter setting. Also make sure you are not in digital zoom mode, the IQ is terrible. I also see glare on your example picture, like the sun was hitting your lens, try to have the sun behind you as much as possible.
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I'm going to go a bit further than Saly. Not 20-30 feet, try half that: 10-15 feet. Rather than worry about feet though, an easier way to think of it is:
you want the bird filling half the frame in-camera using only optical zoom. I will re-iterate a point of Saly's - lighting. There are just going to be times when lighting is harsh - that's a bad time to take a good photo. Let's face it, with a feeder there are lots of opportunities - what's the point in taking 20 shots in bad lighting if you can do a little planning and take 2 good shots in good lighting.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:51 PM   #5
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Great point JohnG, closer the better!

Another great thing about a feeder is, you can place it in a location that is optimal for taking pictures. Find a location that has good lighting certain times of the day (when birds tend to feed), with a nice uncluttered background (greenery is always nice). I placed a hummingbird feeder near a porch pillar so I can hide behind it and take pictures when they come to feed.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 1:27 PM   #6
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I've had excellent luck with simply using the "P" Mode on my FZ40. I let the camera (which is smarter than I), do the work. This was a handheld shot.
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Really great shot Carol!!! I suggest to you of putt this image in one new thread dedicated
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Hi catalex54; I actually did have a thread featuring my little chickadee when I first took the photo.

Thank you for your kind words!
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Good detail Carol. Top end of the zoom has been good on the range of FZ's I've seen (fz35/38 - fz47/48 - fz100 - fz150)
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Thanks SquareOne; I'm very impressed with the FZ series!
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