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Old Aug 4, 2002, 6:40 PM   #1
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Default Who said you need a long lens...

for shooting birds?

These were taken with the 60mm Micro from ridiculously close:



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Old Aug 4, 2002, 9:44 PM   #2
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Ridiculously good photos of a baby House Sparrow!
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Old Aug 4, 2002, 10:57 PM   #3
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Default Thanks Christie!

He's a cute little tweeter, isn't he?

These were taken from under 2 feet, resized down 50% and cropped. I did get rather close...

(and before anyone says it -- I didn't use Superglue).
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Old Aug 4, 2002, 11:56 PM   #4
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LOL Ron, I was thinking of Liquid Steel. This has to be a first, while everyone else is taking macros of flowers and bugs you’re taking macros of birds. You sure your not dressing up as Big Bird so you can get close? :P What can I say but more great shots from the Master.
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Old Aug 5, 2002, 12:17 AM   #5
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Yes Ron... Great pictures and that lens is known to be rediculous.....

I'm having a heck of a time trying to hold sharpness in a reduced image. I need lessons. I just posted a Pow Wow kid and it started out great and ended up worthless.
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Old Aug 5, 2002, 12:57 AM   #6
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Malcolm, when you resize down, the best results are achieved with even pixel number reductions (e.g. 50%, 33%, 25%), but even then you need to do a mild USM after reduction. I do sometimes reduce by fractional amounts (other than the numbers above, by cropping to aspect and then resizing to a dimension), but again I apply a USM afterwards. Usually something around 75%, 0.5 radius, 0-2 threshold.

Tom, I took off my hat. That was my only disguise

Here's a shot Tomoko took when I was approaching this little fella and getting him used to me:

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Old Aug 5, 2002, 12:28 PM   #7
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Birdmaster! Another title to add to the list. Great detail, and really neat attitude from the bird.

Psst, good job erasing the bars from the cage.:P
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 9:00 AM   #8
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That was a really big cage, Brooks... I think the bars were in San Diego and San Francisco :^)
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 1:58 PM   #9
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Wow! Amazing shots! You can actually see single feathers!
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 9:05 PM   #10
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Hi Purrcat! Long time, no "see", so to speak

One nice thing about shooting closeups with a really sharp lens is the detail you can get. This shot would have been far less sharp with either of the long lenses I generally use for birds (the 200 or 300) because the shutter speeds were low in the marginal light (1/100 and 1/125). since I had the 60 Micro with me, I figured I might as well see if I could get really close. After a few minutes of slow approach, well... it worked out fine.

The 60 Micro is a very sharp lens, and yields excellent detail. Not normally recommended for bird shots though
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