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Old Nov 30, 2009, 11:05 PM   #11
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Very nice, well done.
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Old Dec 1, 2009, 4:23 AM   #12
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Thanks Jim and Rodney. Roll Tide!!!
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Old Dec 1, 2009, 8:53 AM   #13
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These really are nice, cardinals are such pretty birds!
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Hand held with the Bigma and TC. You're a human tripod.

Outstanding photography!

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yeah i'm impressed with handholding - if you have some tips on handling a lens this big would be useful info - failing that gonna have to haul my excerise bench and weights out of mothballs and work on the old muscles =)
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These really are nice, cardinals are such pretty birds!
Thank you Harriet.
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Old Dec 1, 2009, 7:58 PM   #17
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Hand held with the Bigma and TC. You're a human tripod.

Outstanding photography!

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Naw...Just a steady old man!! Thanks Lou.
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Old Dec 1, 2009, 8:28 PM   #18
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yeah i'm impressed with handholding - if you have some tips on handling a lens this big would be useful info - failing that gonna have to haul my excerise bench and weights out of mothballs and work on the old muscles =)
I'm 6'2" and 280lbs with not much fat. I can hold and shoot the K10D and Bigma with one hand. No Brag just the facts as they are. To get these few photos that I posted I shot a large group of them About 50% are good enough to post but only 25% are this good. You must get the idea in your head that Digital photography means free film and shoot lots of photos. I review what I shoot after most every shot and zoom in to see how sharp the shots are. All photos look sharp on the small LCD screen of a camera. By zooming in you can see more correctly the results of your efforts. Discard the blurred ones to cut down on post processing time.
I shoot from a sitting position..this eliminates a lot of body sway and motion though I can and often get good photos standing up. Still sitting helps a great deal.
If you have ever done much shooting with a rifle you already know how to brace you elbow of the supporting arm against your torso. If not then here is how it should look....

http://www.smallbore.us/readarticle.php?article_id=6

I leave the tripod mount on the lens and use it as the forearm piece. Sitting or standing the same technique is used. Then you must practice shooting this way a lot. I mean 10-20 thousand photos a year. A LOT OF PRACTICE!! Too many only shoot from a tripod and can suffer bad photos when one cannot be used. USE BOTH TYPES OF SHOOTING AND PRACTICE A LOT!!! You never know when the tecnique of off hand photography will come in handy. Like a Boy Scout....BE PREPARED! LOL

Hope this helps a little
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Great detail and fine color on every bird - shows what a good lens can do in great hands!
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Old Dec 2, 2009, 7:58 PM   #20
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Great detail and fine color on every bird - shows what a good lens can do in great hands!
Don't know about the greatness...I get lucky sometimes! LOL Thanks.
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