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Old Jan 12, 2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Some wild birds at the local botanical garden. With the FZ150, no teleconverter.


#1 Female Nuttall's Woodpecker




#2 Male Nuttall's (has a red cap, female does not)




#3 California Thrasher




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#5 Oak Titmouse




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#7 Allen's Hummingbird




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#9 Common Yellowthroat (very rare in my area, this shot made my day!)
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Fabulous birds... none of which reside in the UK...!
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First I want to say that your bird pictures are great. We are going to have to make a trip to California again to see some of the birds that you have exclusively in that state.

Can you share some tips like in what mode you were shooting and suggest some settings for photographing birds with the Lumix camera?

Your pictures are better than I ever got with a nikon d90 with a 50-500 zoom. Which is why I just sold the zoom lens.
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Fabulous birds... none of which reside in the UK...!
Well, you will just have to come visit sometime!!! Thanks Simon.
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First I want to say that your bird pictures are great. We are going to have to make a trip to California again to see some of the birds that you have exclusively in that state.

Can you share some tips like in what mode you were shooting and suggest some settings for photographing birds with the Lumix camera?

Your pictures are better than I ever got with a nikon d90 with a 50-500 zoom. Which is why I just sold the zoom lens.
Thank you so much dpmonk, I really appreciate that! First, let me just say that these shots look good because I was fairly close to the subjects. Once the subject gets more than 10-15 feet away (3-5m), the IQ deteriorates very quickly. The hummingbird was only about 4 feet away from me. Also, the subject needs to be in fairly good light, otherwise the IQ goes down very quickly.

I almost always shoot in P mode. I usually use ISO 200 for birds to try to speed up the shutter. Adjust the EV depending on the weather. Always use small area focus, and spot meter. My Photo Style (PICT ADJ??) is set to Contrast 0; Sharpness +1; NR 0; and Saturation 0.

The woodpecker shots have some brightness adjusted in Photoshop Elements because they were in semi-shade. Others are pretty much straight out of the camera, just cropped with very minor exposure adjustment.
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Thank you Saly, your bird photos never fail to astound me.
I love that Oak Titmouse in image #5, such a cute expression.
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Well done Saly the Thrasher is a cool looking bird.

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Great work! You have nailed the focus on every one of them. I like #4 -- great detail, clear.

Thanks for posting these. Encouragement for others of us of lesser quality of work.
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Excellent series as always Yuki!! Great work.
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Thank you so much John, Jim, Roger and Alex!
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