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Old May 18, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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The loon shots are cropped excessively, even 300mm couldn't get me close enough. The Gull is a slight crop to get rid of some background distractions.

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Old May 18, 2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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BTW, this was shot with the *istDL and the F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6, on a low cost monopod with a ball head.

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Old May 18, 2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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Despite the lack of sharpness due to cropping, the loons are still my favorite. It's so rare to see them, even up here on the lakes because they're such shy creatures...
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Nice shooting, I would have faked the first two shot's and merged them together. Like they are now presented they already look like one.

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Makes you want to go out and buy a boat, doesn't it?
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Old May 18, 2009, 6:12 PM   #6
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This shot is of both birds, it is not cropped, just resized. I should have taken the K10.
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Ira,

I have been 2 years chasing loons with my boat in order to get close enough to get a picture. Hasn't happened yet!

They are beautiful birds but frustrating to get close to. They dive for long periods and when they surface it is not near where they dove.

Your water being light in color makes a nice contrast to the Loon and presents a more visible image of the Loon. Knowing that they don't let you get to near you did a fine job with the 100-300mm.

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It is nice to have the extra mp of the K10 for cropping. The gull picture is outstanding, the better picture technically, but I like the loons. I've never seen one so I find pictures of them so interesting.
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Terrific shot of the gull, that's my favourite.
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