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Old Aug 15, 2010, 8:30 PM   #1
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You got some nice detail in these shots. Only suggestion could offer would be to try and get the whole head in the frame and use f:11 or maybe 16 to control the high lights.
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Beautiful close up shots, Steven. Aren't these birds endangered or used to be?
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You got some nice detail in these shots. Only suggestion could offer would be to try and get the whole head in the frame and use f:11 or maybe 16 to control the high lights.
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Beautiful close up shots, Steven. Aren't these birds endangered or used to be?
Thanks for the input guys. Good point Goldwinger, the reason was these were shot at 200mm at about twenty minutes to seven in the evening at ISO 800. F9 was as tight as I could go and keep it sharp with reasonable shutter speed. I have dozens of shots of this type of bird, including the whole head and body, but I was trying to get the catch-light in the eye from the setting sun, so I was zoomed in to the max; that is why the whole beak is not there. I wanted the eyes to be the main point of interest.

Hey Hawgwild, the whooping crane looks very similar and is indeed endangered. The only shots of those that I have is from a zoo. But the sandhill crane is very plentiful, and we have several families in my neighborhood. Each year they raise two new chicks. It's unbelievable how fast those babies grow.

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Sharp shooting Steven, great detail. Looks like you're going to poke him in the eye with your lens.
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Hey Steve,
Now that you explained it, makes perfect sense. And you did accomplish your goal!
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Beautiful pix...also like your Pontiac Firebird in the signature photo
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Beautiful pix...also like your Pontiac Firebird in the signature photo
Thanks lesmore, glad you like the pix and the car.

(That Trans Am is my baby, that I have had since she was new. Still drive it frequently, and hardly ever put the T-tops on. She has a Corvette LS-1 motor, very sporty and a nice drive. (It handles a lot better than my wife's SUV.)

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