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Old Feb 17, 2007, 8:22 PM   #1
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Cardinal first a bit soft, not fast a manual focus.
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 8:26 PM   #3
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 8:27 PM   #4
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 7:35 AM   #5
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I would appreciate any remarks...just be kind. thanks, donna
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 8:02 AM   #6
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You did find the Cardinals and got a nice pose on him. That's another bird that is tough to photograph in direct sun (for me) I have better luck in bright shade and sometimesusing higher ISO or play with stopping down and lower ISO and different exposure settings.(in direct light)

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Well I feel a bit between a rock and a hard place. The 70-200 is a great lens, just not long enough for birding, unless I build a blind, but in adding a 2x converter I degrade it and have to manually focus....so. Buit no more shots thur the window, that seems a crime. Donna
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This hobby is intoxicating and insidious at the same time. Your subjects are terrific, but as you said there are always trade-offs. As we improve, our desire to get better shots deludes us into wanting better and better equipment, and to some extint this will help us obtain better shots. However, more $$ does not necessarily mean better shots.
I've found that if I can follow several simple rules my results are almost always better. If you care here they are, all are just common sense really.

1. Be aware of your background (not too distracting)
2. Be aware of your light and what direction it's coming from.
3. Try to be as knowelgdable as you can about your subject and it's behaviors.
4. Try not to close in too closely on your subject, leave some room for cropping so as to give you a chance to improve the composition of your subject later.

I am sure that there are other guidlines that are equally important, but I find that my brain gets full trying to just remember these four.

If this were easy we would all get bored and find something else to spend our time and money on. :lol:
I enjoy seeing your posts Donna, keep em coming.
Steve

I have watched your progress I think you are making great strides and will only continue to imporve.
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 11:50 PM   #9
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Thanks for the kind comments.You are right Steve, there is the idea that more and better equipment equals better shots...and to some extent that is true. But everytime I am manually focusing on some distant bird, I tell myself I am honing my skills ,practicing patient and seeing the world in a fresh new way. And that is the addictive part, the fresh perspective on the everyday world I use to be only vaguely aware of. Donna
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EXACTLY! 8)
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