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Old Jan 21, 2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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I shared coffee at 30 degrees or so this morning with a flock of bluebirds and an inquisitive hermit thrush. For the birds, the attraction was a sumac tree. The thrush was happy to do some posing.



As long as it didn't interfere with serious business



However, enough was enough, and he suggested I leave



At a couple of points, a flock of eastern bluebirds descended on the tree, but they were extremely skittish and didn't stay long.



The lighting for bluebirds was much better yesterday at my feeder



The frustration of the morning was watching a pileated woodpecker flying from tree to treeabout 50 or 60 yards away. Unfortunately, he never got close enough for me to have even a prayer of a decent shot.

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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I shared coffee at 30 degrees or so this morning with a flock of bluebirds and an inquisitive hermit thrush. For the birds, the attraction was a sumac tree. The thrush was happy to do some posing.

As long as it didn't interfere with serious business



However, enough was enough, and he suggested I leave



At a couple of points, a flock of eastern bluebirds descended on the tree, but they were extremely skittish and didn't stay long.



The lighting for bluebirds was much better yesterday at my feeder

I like these a lot Paul. The blue birds just stay too far away to get a shot from the porch!


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Old Jan 21, 2008, 11:08 AM   #3
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Paul, that blue bird is a really nice subject. Hope you able to get some more shots!

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Shots are good but they are all soft or OOF and loss of detail here is apparent as well. Being small birds this is a tough shoot to begin with.
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Shots are good but they are all soft or OOF and loss of detail here is apparent as well. Being small birds this is a tough shoot to begin with.
I also have a great deal of trouble getting sharp small bird shots. My wife got a decent shot of a Chickadee a while back, mine always turn out soft.

Check out this guy, I refer to him as the master of small bird photography. And he uses a big zoom P&S (a Fuji I think). Makes me green: http://flickr.com/photos/clbarret200...7594153933229/
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Shots are good but they are all soft or OOF and loss of detail here is apparent as well. Being small birds this is a tough shoot to begin with.
I also have a great deal of trouble getting sharp small bird shots. My wife got a decent shot of a Chickadee a while back, mine always turn out soft.
I just don't see where the problem lies. This one was shot with a 50 mm lens:
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And then it went home to it's buddies:
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John JamesAudubon would be proud of you Kjell!! LOL I've suggested that very thing to several people!



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these are good attempts
they seem sharp but lack fine detail
did you post process them?
i know i am having a huge problem taking photos of small birds
especially with movement
either the bird or from camera shake
which seems to wreck fine feather detail
when mine get this good i may post them

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Kjell - I might be able to handle that type of bird, but otherwise I'm not very good. The other day there was a white-headed woodpecker in the tree that's only a couple of feet from my upstairs window. While I did reach for my camera, and would have tried a shot if she would have stayed still long enough, but I didn't try very hard. The situation was hopeless - I would have been shooting through a dirty double pane window and screen, so I didn't feel too sad that she kept hopping around and didn't stay long. She actually seemed more interested in my roof than she was in my pine tree.
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