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Old Jan 8, 2005, 12:12 PM   #1
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Hi all, this is my first time to post in this forum but I have been reading for a few days
now. I just got my FZ20 camera recently and tried it out. As you can see from the
image below I need a lot of practice to get good with this camera. I have read so
many good things here it shouldn't take me too long to learn how to use it.

The picture below was taken from my car. He was in the middle of the road chewing
on road kill but flew up on a fence post as I drove near him. Road kill was a smashed
turtle.I didn't have mytripod with me to zoom in closer. He was very happy when I
moved on down the road and allowed him to finish his lunch! Didn't care that the
background wastoo blurry to see, since Florida in the winter only has two colors,
ugly brown and ugly sagegreen! :lol:



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Old Jan 8, 2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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great shot! actually, it's better that the background is blurred... makes the bird stand out more. well done!
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 12:23 PM   #3
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Don't sell yourself short... The blurred background is part of what makes the shot, and the sharp detail of the subject is the other part.

Nice one...

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Old Jan 8, 2005, 12:31 PM   #4
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I just read Bob's post about coming straight out of the camera and since I agree with
him on that subject. The picture above was firstcropped, resized and sharpened a
little. Only sharpened itsince sizing downseems totake away from the clarity of a
photo.

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Old Jan 8, 2005, 3:43 PM   #5
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Terrific detail on a difficult dark bird. You got a nice pose from that Turkey Vulture.
So, about how far away were you when you took the picture? I would like to see the uncropped shot as well, if you're agreeable?
Very nice job,
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 4:14 PM   #6
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I completely agree with what people are saying about the background, a non-blurry one would just be distracting I think.

The only suggestion I would make would be to lighten the bird a little (maybe spot-metering would've helped?), I feel a little like I'm straining to see some of the darker feathers. I love the pose that you caught him in though, very proud. (heh, can you say that about vultures?)
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Foto...super shot...well done!!!!

blurred background is vital for these shots


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Old Jan 8, 2005, 6:20 PM   #8
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Vultures an owls are my favorite boids... just such unique animals. This one looks like he was posing for you! Great shot! One of those ones that really makes you appreciate the capabilities of this camera, and why so many FZ owners take it with them everywhere.
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 12:04 AM   #9
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"Terrific detail on a difficult dark bird. You got a nice pose from that Turkey Vulture. So, about how far away were you when you took the picture? I would like to see the uncropped shot as well, if you're agreeable? "

SMAC, I took 3 shots of him and I was appox. 50 ft away from him. I was on
an old road where there wasn't any traffic on it. That allowed me to just
crawl along as not to spook him. He sat right on that pole waiting and
watching me. I do think if I hadmoved another inch forward he would have
taken off though.

I use Paint Shop Pro to read my card SMAC, and Ialways crop just the part
of the photo I want to keep. I save all my photos inPSP format so they
wont be compressedlike the.jpg format does.When a photo is saved
repeatedly in .JPG format it isdistorteda littlemore each time. Eventually
it looks awful.

All three shots are really large but would not mind showing themto you if
you want to see them. The sizes are below. The camerapicture size
was set to 2560 and croped to the sizes below. Can I post a photo this
large here on the forum? I could set the JPG compression really high to
keep the size down but it is going to distort the picture really bad. I have
plenty of graphic's editor knowledge but I am totallycamera dumb!!! :?

1053 x 1689
1251 x 1728
1257 x 1644



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Old Jan 9, 2005, 12:17 AM   #10
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petersky wrote:
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I completely agree with what people are saying about the background, a non-blurry one would just be distracting I think.

The only suggestion I would make would be to lighten the bird a little (maybe spot-metering would've helped?), I feel a little like I'm straining to see some of the darker feathers. I love the pose that you caught him in though, very proud. (heh, can you say that about vultures?)
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Petersky, I too strained to see the feathers. I do not know anything about camera's,
so "spot metering" is greek to me right now. I spotted him, does that mean I did
the first half of that suggestion? :G

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