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Old Apr 15, 2016, 2:22 PM   #1
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Default saw some tits at a local park

bushtits, that is, in a willow tree next to a path... this little fellow hopped out into the open in some real nice light, with a real nice background, long enough to give me several very nice shots from about 15-20 feet away before he moved...





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Old Apr 16, 2016, 6:27 PM   #2
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Rocky,

What beautiful, clear photos.

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I cannot find the thread which talked about seeing the settings people had on their photos. I had my laptop wiped clean and not do not have access to the downloads/setting results anymore. Rocky sorry to use this thread to ask, but I got myself a Canon 7D mark II and want to see what settings you used when taking photos of this little tyke.

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Old Apr 17, 2016, 11:36 AM   #3
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Rocky,

What beautiful, clear photos.

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I cannot find the thread which talked about seeing the settings people had on their photos. I had my laptop wiped clean and not do not have access to the downloads/setting results anymore. Rocky sorry to use this thread to ask, but I got myself a Canon 7D mark II and want to see what settings you used when taking photos of this little tyke.

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thanks, Tangula!
congrats on the 7DII... i have one, and i love it! it's an amazing combo with the Tamron 150-600. and don't apologize for asking about settings - i'm happy to share that info. settings for these shots: 7DII with the Tamron lens at 485mm, 1/800 @ f/7.1, auto ISO @ 500...
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Thank you for sharing the photo information. I greatly appreciate that. Yes, I'm still reading thru the manual. It is supposed to rain all weekend so I'm hoping I will get thru the manual and begin shooting some birds.
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Great shots Rocky. Color, exposure and focus....right on.
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Rocky,

One more question, I have been reading my manual and questioning for quick moving birds like these are you using AI Servo AF Characteristics 2 or 6 and then do you use the 65-point automatic spot AF? I did not get a chance to take my camera out we have had severe winds and a lot of rain all weekend. Just making notes and reading manual. Cannot wait to get out and give some of these things I've learned a try.

Hope you had a great weekend Winston.

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Tangula I question the use of the 65 point AF. I personally prefer as few auto focus parts as possible and use the center of my view area as where I want to focus. Then when you point your camera at the object which is in the centre then there is no confusion that its in focus. With too many focus points the camera cant decide what is to be in focus if there is foreground, midground and background to focus on.
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Rocky,

One more question, I have been reading my manual and questioning for quick moving birds like these are you using AI Servo AF Characteristics 2 or 6 and then do you use the 65-point automatic spot AF? I did not get a chance to take my camera out we have had severe winds and a lot of rain all weekend. Just making notes and reading manual. Cannot wait to get out and give some of these things I've learned a try.

Hope you had a great weekend Winston.

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Tangula, i use AI Servo "case 5", for "subjects moving erratically in any direction". i sometimes use the full 65-pt AF matrix if the bird is in flight, and far enough away that it won't matter if the AF grabs the near wingtip or the body. i never use that with anything other than a sky background, though, it's too easy for the AF system to lock onto a branch or some other background bit and miss the real subject. for closer shots, i try to use just the expanded center point option, but it's much harder to keep that on target, especially when you're first learning the panning techniques. sometimes i'll compromise and use the center 15-point array. for perched birds, of course, i use just the center point to lock the focus as narrowly as possible on the head/eye.

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Great shots Rocky. Color, exposure and focus....right on.
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Thank you so much for the information Bynx and Rocky. I went out yesterday with my new camera and am downloading the photos now. Hopefully I will have something to post. LOL
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