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Old Oct 20, 2006, 1:59 AM   #1
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I have been trying to capture a few bird shots using *ist DS and a Vivitar prime f1:5.6 f=400.

So far my efforts have been pathetic! I just dont seem to be able to catch a bird with his head on a pleasing angle!



Try, try, try again I guess.:roll:




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Old Oct 20, 2006, 5:31 AM   #2
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yep,,, that's how it's done.. how do you like the vivitar??
post something at 5.6

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 6:08 AM   #3
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John, Do not despair! Patience and persistence is a must have for birding! For me, to end up with one or two decent shots, I usually take about 25-30. Post some examples...this forum can give you some good feedback. J
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if it is any consolation i cant seem to get decent bird photos either
getting co operative birds is my first problem lol

i try spot metering and set the speed to 400ish ( i have a 320 zoom lens) and let the aperture take care of itself
i also have mine set so the focus tracks the bird as it moves

but i still am striggling

the great thing with digital is i can keep trying and failing and learning without paying for film


i get best results from walk in aviaries and from places that rehabilitate raptors
that makes it easier to practice
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 6:29 AM   #5
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A tad like butterflies - they just don't seem to stay still for long enough.

This was an opportunist shot, the Blackbird just flew up onto the fence, I clicked & he (female is brown) was gone.

A Blackbird - taken with Pentax DA 50-200mm at 1/250S, f6.5, 300mm (in effective 35mm terminology), ISO set to 1600 (for the technically minded)
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Old Oct 20, 2006, 9:22 AM   #6
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Catbells wrote:
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taken with Pentax DA 50-200mm at 1/250S, f6.5, 300mm, ISO set to 1200 (for the technically minded)
This is a bit fishy, Catbells. Lens=50-200 mm, Shot at 300 mm?? ISO 1200?? Maybe I'm a little too technically minded?:-)

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 9:34 AM   #7
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Don't strip the EXIF data next time and we will be able to see what the settings are next time! I've found that a bird feeder set amongst some tree limbs works best! Use black oil sunflour seeds and wait a spell. Then shoot the photos you want as they land in the tree limbs at your leisure!

Don't really care myself what the data says Catbell. thats a nice photo!

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bilybianca wrote:
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taken with Pentax DA 50-200mm at 1/250S, f6.5, 300mm, ISO set to 1200 (for the technically minded)
This is a bit fishy, Catbells. Lens=50-200 mm, Shot at 300 mm?? ISO 1200?? Maybe I'm a little too technically minded?:-)

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Yes 300mm (in effective 35mm terminology) & yes ISO 1600 (not 1200 as previously incorrectly stated)
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Still a nice photo!!

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Old Oct 20, 2006, 10:48 AM   #10
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English is not my native language, I really understood birth....:O

But for birds, put salt on their tail and they will sit still for as long as you want, taking your time for birding :idea:

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