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Old Dec 23, 2007, 6:26 PM   #1
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This morning, I took Dawg's suggestion of a skylight filter on the front end of my Phoenix 100-400 as I went out and shot inthe slightearly morning haze. The results were far better than I had expected. There was partial sunlight for most of these, but all represented great improvement from the shots I normally get at this time of day.

First, the ever present Cardinal

This white-throated sparrow was contemplating the edge of a small pond....i.e. the ruts in my driveway after the recent rains.

For some reason, I have had difficulty getting good shots of Carolina Wrens until the last couple of days. I suspect the last non-shy wren just showed up

This blue jay shot is only interesting because of the extreme distance and the effect of using the filter. This was taken at 50-75 yards into a high western sky with the sun to my back. Without the filter I would probably have had blown highlights and/or purple fringing at that distance (obviously a pretty strong crop...I know there's noise--this is after using Noiseware.)

Thanks, dawg. It was an excellent idea

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Old Dec 23, 2007, 7:42 PM   #2
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You are more than welcome..I love those shots. They are making me want to get some bird feed into the feeders but I'll resist for a while yet...LOL I've used a Skylight 1-A filter on my lenses for 35+ years now..I had a good friend I worked with named Tom Whitmire...( A Danged Yankee at that)...tell me about them. They work good on sunlit green foliage too. Takes some of the blue cast away for richer greens!


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