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Old Jun 25, 2006, 9:49 PM   #1
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For most of my photos with my 70-300 lens I've been using a monopod because the tripod I have is old and a true pain to set up and use, but this weekend, I set it up and sat out back on the patio to see if I could improve the blur factor that I seemed to get so much of in my pictures. I think I see a tripod upgrade in my future. Here's a redheaded woodpecker that posed for a while.



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Old Jun 25, 2006, 9:50 PM   #2
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Thought I'd missed him in this one.



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Old Jun 25, 2006, 9:51 PM   #3
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Had a morning dove with some ruffled feathers.



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Not sure what this one was. Saw it up in the tree, but didn't get it identified.



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And finally, I discovered a brown thrasher nest and caught the parent at feeding time. This one was hand held.



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Old Jun 25, 2006, 9:59 PM   #6
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I never really thought I would get used to using a tripod, but I really use it a lot, now. It's funny that people still kind of look at me funny whan I pull it out of the case and set it up to take a picture of a flower. They usually walk up, zoom in, snap and walk on without considering what angle to shoot from, lighting, etc.
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Old Jun 25, 2006, 11:28 PM   #7
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Very nice birds! I tried the trick of holding the pole and sliding the camera down when taking macros Saturday and was really pleased. It adds a third balance point and really helped keep me still when trying to focus. I used a treking pole, and it worked quite well - think I'll continue to use this (and have the use of the pole for a walking support, too).
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NIce! I like the Thrasher and the in-flight shot
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Nice shots! I try to use a tripod as much as possible (and when I remember to take it with me!). I find that besides stabilizing the image, the process allows me to spend a little extra time on the composition, depth of field, and lighting. If you are looking for a decent tripod, check out the Manfrotto at B&H. I paid less than $100 for mine and I like the ball head as well. Jay
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What is the name and type of your 70-300... I've been thinking about purchasing one. By the way great shots, I love to photograph wild birds and my pet birds.
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