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Old Aug 7, 2002, 4:53 AM   #11
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Is that a Tranq. dart I see sticking in the bird???

Leave it to you to shoot birds with a macro lens!! Hey, you may start a trend!
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Old Aug 7, 2002, 1:13 PM   #12
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Ever seen the size of the needle on a tranq dart, Kevin? That would have murdered the poor little thing. I reserve use of tranq darts for charging elephants and hippos (just kidding) :P

Seriously, I do shoot birds with the 200 Micro quite often, but the 60 really requires that you get pretty close and most of the time that is not an option. In this case, it was the only way I could have gotten the shot with the tools I had with me. If I'd have had the 135/2DC with me I could have shot him from further away, using f/4 to get a reasonable shutter speed and still getting the DOF character I wanted along with the sharpness. What I had was the 60 and the 300/4. If I'd have shot it withe the 300/4 at f/4 I'd have had a 1/200 shutter speed at ISO 200 and less DOF, and it is likely that the shot would have been OK but not of this quality, as well as having a shallower DOF than I wanted. Thus the reason for trying the Micro lens.

Besides, I just wanted to see if I could get close to the little critter
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 10:39 AM   #13
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Default Nice birdy

I think i found some family of him

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Old Aug 8, 2002, 11:04 AM   #14
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That bird looks both worried and hungry
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 11:22 AM   #15
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I think it got out of his nest a bit to early.
I think it was a bit scared of my impressive coolpix
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Old Aug 9, 2002, 2:31 PM   #16
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Ron, that tip yours about resizing down, and the USM settings, was perhaps the most useful tip I've ever heard . What other gems of wisdom do you have that you could share? I have a lot of work to go back and redo now . . .

Thanks.
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Old Aug 10, 2002, 12:28 AM   #17
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Jeez... I'd have to write a book.

Got a specific question?
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Old Aug 11, 2002, 2:15 PM   #18
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RR those are just awesome pics. You can't get that close to a dead bird around here! I think I know the trick, you hypnotises it
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 10:22 AM   #19
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Beautiful shot Ron, and informative discussion as a result. Steve is lucky to continue to have you as a moderator on this site. Keep on Keepin' on.

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Old Aug 24, 2002, 2:40 PM   #20
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Hi Sarah

Watch the strange-looking geek... you're getting sleepy... sssllleeeepppyyy... CLICK!

Ward, I haven't been around all that much lately -- seems as if many of the old guard are among the missing too. Nice seeing you and Sarah here again
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