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Old Jan 9, 2010, 2:17 PM   #1
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With lows in the low teens last night, the birds in the neighborhood were flocking to my feeders this morning. This white throated sparrow was planning how to get the Cardinal to leave the feeder.



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Hi Paul, some of the best shots I've seen from you, the first 3 are really sharp and well exposed, great work! The 4th and 5th (mainly the 4th) look like you've cropped in a bit too much or something else is a little off.

I would be very happy to have taken shots like the first 3, I've rarely been able to get any shots of birds that I've wanted to keep.
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Beautiful photos Paul. My feeder at the moment is being raided by a Cooper's Hawk and most of the little fellows are staying away. I think the Bigma likes that K7.
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Hey Paul, I agree with Mark. Very nice job, and the last one is quite humorous.
Both you and BD are putting that bigma to good use!

BTW, I like your new avatar. let me guess... that's you having a blast in Hawaii.
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Hey Paul, I agree with Mark. Very nice job, and the last one is quite humorous.
Both you and BD are putting that bigma to good use!

BTW, I like your new avatar. let me guess... that's you having a blast in Hawaii.

Thanks for the views and the good words, guys.

Mark, I was very pleased with the sharpness on the first three. I agree that #4 isn't as pleasant as it should be. Sharpness isn't the problem; notice the fringe feather detail. I think that the bright red of the bird was just too much. I re-processed, lowering saturation levels slightly. See if you think this one is better. #5 is deliberately a little odd. This little guy was in a very unusual posture and a puff of wind had his chest fluffed up. At the same time, something on the ground had caught his eye.

Ed, today was the most birds I've seen in my yard in months, and I know is was the pressure of the cold on their systems.

GW, glad you liked #5--so did I. I read you comment regarding my avatar to my wife. Her comment? "Looks more to me like you were complaining again."

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Old Jan 9, 2010, 9:06 PM   #6
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Paul I find the combination of the Bigma and a Pentax camera has trouble with the reds and yellows. I very often have to do as you did in that last photo and de-saturate the reds and yellows or the details are blown out.

PS It is better that way.
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Terrific detail, well done.

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Paul, I agree with mark and Rodney's comments as well. These shots are awesome!!!

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