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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:14 PM   #1
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I have tried a few shots on birds recently and, with all of the inspiration currently being posted here, I thought I would throw out a few for constructive criticism. This first one is taken from my treestand. I am apparently the world's worst hunter, but the stand is in a great spot and all kinds of wildlife (except, of course, for male deer) stop by to visit. The best photo opportunities always occur when I don't have my camera and after missing some great shots of the local owls and hawksI decided to bring the camera last time. Taken with the K100d and a Sigma APO 70-300.


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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:21 PM   #2
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I am getting better with the white feather thing. I used exposure compensation and ended up with much less blown highlights than my last effort. This was taken with a Tamron Adaptall SP 300mm 5.6. I think I am going to like this lens.
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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:24 PM   #3
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Finally, here is a Florida scrub jay. Same lens, and this is a 100% crop with a little bit of USM added.

As always, pointers and tips are appreciated. And if anyone knows the secret to getting a KA adaptall2 mount to work as an A lens instead of a M lens, please clue me in.

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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:36 PM   #4
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Great shots, the Owl shot could be the new advertisment for Harry Potter.
The Ibis has great light and very sharp.
I don't know if you noticed, the Scrub Jay has a band on it's leg.

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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:55 PM   #5
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Thanks Rodney. Yes, I only noticed the band when I viewed the pic on screen. I went on a school field trip to a biological/ecological research center with my daughter earlier this year and managed to finagle in invite to come back with the camera anytime. The scrub jays are endangered and apparently they are catching, banding, and releasing. http://www.archbold-station.org/

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I'm really liking the 2nd shot. The eyes of the bird are very sharply captured which I think is important. Also nice details on the white feathers without blowing out the highlights. Well done.
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