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Old Mar 12, 2006, 2:09 PM   #1
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Not having a great variety of birds in my garden i have to use these chaps to practice my action shots on.
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Old Mar 12, 2006, 2:10 PM   #2
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Old Mar 13, 2006, 7:37 AM   #3
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Nice. Good DOF (though perhaps justa bit narrow on the first one?) and shutter speed to highlight the movement of the wings. I'd also try a faster shutter speed to see if you can stop the wings completely.
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I like these, especially #2.
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Old Mar 15, 2006, 1:26 PM   #5
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Bev,

I like these both a lot. The first, the sparrow has a lot of character - standing up straight as if to say: look at me! (there I go anthropomorphising again). The wing blur doesn't bother me - just adds to the 'action' feel IMHO.

Plus, sparrows aren't that common anymore. At least not around here!

I am in awe of you for being able to take shots like these. I have a 500mm lens, but just can't seem to keep my shots sharp. Any tips?

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Old Mar 15, 2006, 1:50 PM   #6
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Ben, thanks for your kind comments. the lense i used for the shots is 70-200L f2.8 IS USM, i rarely use a tripod but for shots like these i usually use a shutter speed between 350-500 to blur the wings, to totally stop the wings i would use a higher shutter speed,the aperture settings normally arebetween 2.8 and5 depending on light situation and DOF i would like to achieve,but i am probably telling you things you already know, i really think it boils down to practice, practice, practice! i probably get 2 good shots out of many, but i have put a bird feeder in the garden near the conifers where the birds sit in and then wait for them to come out to feed,this gives me the opportunity topractice my inflight shots throughout the day when i have the time, this has helped me learn where to focus on, ie. the feeder dish or slightly above it etc. I hope someof the above may help and good luck! Bev. www.k9imageworld.com www.bevbarkerphotos.com
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