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Old Dec 21, 2007, 7:09 PM   #1
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I shot this sequence yesterday at ISO 1600 with Mark III and 300/4 IS lens, one of my favorites with this camera. Thanks for having a peek. It's winter up here so everything is next to greyscale but these chickadees always look much healthier in the cold for some reason.

For those interested in the technical, I did no post processing on the background and I sharpened sections of the subject slightly, other than that I did nothing, no color saturation or other post. Of course I resized as well. These were shot in JPG format.

On the branch


Checking out the target



And the low light blur, these little birds are fast, this was set at a shutter speed of 1/320th, which isn't a whole lot, but also isn't a slow shutter speed. If you ever wish to freeze a chickadee in flight, make sure that you have your shutter set to at least 1/2500 :-)



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Old Dec 21, 2007, 8:02 PM   #2
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Always a pleasure to view your little Chickadees.
I love the way you used the complimentary gray background to fill in the gray areas that surrounded the gray breast feathers. You have mastered the use of a gray an otherwise colorless shot. :roll:
Kidding aside, those are really great shots under some tough conditions.
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I think you must have them trained. Wonderful shots AGAIN.



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Every subject has its perfect picture. One that cannot be improved and rarely equalled. Your first shot of that chickadee is, in my opinion, one of those kinds of shots. Its perfect. Nicely done Norm.
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Thanks Steve, I love the healthy look of these birds in winter greyness and the snow, however uncomfortable for both bird and photographer, seems to be complimentary. It's interesting because some of the ugliest birds I've ever seen are chickadees in spring, their feathers are all broken, ruffled, and full of just about every forest refuse that one could imagine. :lol:
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Thanks Roger, I guess in a way they are trained since I've spent a whole lotta time with them over the last few years. One bird that is lately seeming to get into that "trained" attitude is the magpie, but I'm probably being trained by "it" since it is not a dumb bird :-)

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Thanks Bynx, sometimes a comment is worded so that it's extremely satisfying and I must say that this is one of them. Thanks very much.
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great shots norm, what do you use for noise reduction?




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Old Dec 22, 2007, 11:29 PM   #9
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Hi Julie, I don't use noise reduction. I resize the shot for posting to usually 800 wide, then selectively sharpen the subject to taste. With the Mark III I find that I can work with it at ISO 1600 like I worked at ISO 800 perhaps with the Mark II. However, there's something "else" in the noise that seems to make it "not" noise, but texture, I can't define it, but I really don't mind the "noise" that exists from the Mark III at high ISO speeds. I really need the light up North here so it's really great to have a camera that does this sort of thing efficiently.
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Hi Norm - great shots once again. I have a question about the distance you are shooting from and the F stop you use. I'm still trying to get my new 500 dialed in and any information you could offer would be much appreciated. How does that new body work for flight shots?

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