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Old May 8, 2005, 1:18 AM   #1
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finally managed tocatch one of these little fellas sitting still for a moment... i know the sky is blown, but from where i was, there wasn't much to do about it... 12x zoom, f2.8 @ 1/60, ISO 100...
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Old May 8, 2005, 1:48 AM   #2
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The sky may be blown but, you captured the bird very nicely.
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Old May 8, 2005, 7:06 AM   #3
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subject is well focused, nice shot reguardless , very elusive bird so its all good :|
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Old May 8, 2005, 8:58 AM   #4
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He's beautiful! That's such a wonderful close up of him. How close were you when you took this 12x picture? Was the original picture cropped? I have sat for hours taking pictures of birds at 12x.I love seeing them. It reminds me of my birdwatching days when I was much younger. Right now we have a Hawk's nestabout 100 feet upin a tree in our back yard....and oh how I wish I could get some good pictures. ...but it is very hard at that height. and composition is next to impossible.. any suggestions?? Again Squirl, thanks for sharing. bentleysmom
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i was about 15 feet away from the branch he landed on. the pic i posted was cropped about 30% (swallows are small!), and resized for posting. i also bumped up thecontrast and saturation justa touch to bring out the colors, because thelight was fading andthe bird was a little underexposed. i'd have shot him with different exposure settings, but swallows don't stay still long enough to alllow for fiddling with cameras!!

100 feet is a long way, even for a 12x zoom, if your subject is the size of a hawk - even a big one. a tripod definitely helps, if you have time (i was using a monopod when i took this swallow pic; by the time i'd have gotten a tripod set up and the camera ready, he'd have been gone...), and you can crop the 5MP image from an FZ20 pretty heavily and still have enough left for a sharp print, which will make your hawk image larger, but it's still tough to get good shots from that distance. especially when shooting at a sharp "up" angle...
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Old May 8, 2005, 6:26 PM   #6
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Let the sky be blown. You got your shot.:blah:
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