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Old Jan 22, 2009, 9:51 AM   #1
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Not many birds around here, but when I took a walk today I saw that blackbird looking for some food. It was cooperative enough to let me come closer and I was able to take this photo. Unfortunately due to high JPEG compression the images lost quite a bit of quality, but can't help it - sorry. :sad:
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Old Jan 22, 2009, 9:56 AM   #2
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I am working on a lens comparison in the mid-tele area (150-300mm range roughly) and had the following combo on my Pentax DL2: Pentax K 135/2.5 + Vivitar 2x macro TC. So this gives 270mm, 1/500s, Auto WB, wide open, ISO200. Really, the lens was at f/2.5 - I had quite a few CA's (or similar effects), but a lil' postprocessing worked well. RAW converted with Raw Therapee, Noise reduction with Image Analyzer, resizing, histogram/highlight/shadow, final sharpen in PL32. Here's a crop - while it doesn't have fancy colors I still think it's a lovely bird.

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Yes, it is a beautiful bird and your photo shows how also 6 MP allows quite a bit of cropping while maintaining very high IQ. If the picture was well focused and exposed like yours, that is.

For our members outside Europe we might add that this is a female blackbird. The male is quite black with a strongly orange beak, even more beautiful colorwise.

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You did good!
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Thank you Kjell and GW :-)- also for the explanation. I am not a bird expert, so I tend to forget, which birds are specific to Europe and thus I don't write explanations, sorry.

I was looking for the male too, but wasn't able to catch him.
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I was looking for the male too, but wasn't able to catch him.
It's the same for me. I've got a number of fairly good shots of females, but zero nil nada of a male.

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I was looking for the male too, but wasn't able to catch him.
It's the same for me. I've got a number of fairly good shots of females, but zero nil nada of a male.

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Hi,

This pair were regular visitors to my garden this year, they must have nested nearby, but I never did find where. Difficult to get close, shot with a Tamron AD2300mm f3.5 prime if I remember correctly. ... Jack
Correction lens is f5.6 not 3.5
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Here's the male on his own ... he's very skittish, almost ready for flight in this shot, same lens I think. ... Jack.
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