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Old Apr 13, 2004, 7:38 AM   #1
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A female Stonechat by Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Taken at about 20ft using a 500mm lens. Comments welcome.



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Old Apr 13, 2004, 7:50 AM   #2
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nice photo
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 8:58 AM   #3
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great exposure and feather detail! good use of DOF to blur the bg
good shot
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 9:28 AM   #4
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Cute bird, nice shot.
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Old Apr 14, 2004, 3:14 AM   #5
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Glad you like it ! Here's a link to her partner.

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http://www.pbase.com/image/15378016
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Old Apr 14, 2004, 7:45 AM   #6
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Well done. We don't get those here in the US (at least, not near me)... they are cute birds.

And that is a wonderfully non-distracting background. That can be so hard to do at times.

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Old Apr 14, 2004, 8:07 AM   #7
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Thanks Eric ! I was more or less at the same height as the bird, on my knees with my Gitzo tripod legs opened out at a wide angle. As a result the background (a hillside) was several hundered feet away and nicely out of focus.

Mind you it did show me that there were three dust spots on my CCD, but cloning took care of those in the final picture. Must clean it some time.

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Old Apr 14, 2004, 11:53 AM   #8
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Wonderful detail and GREAT dof.

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Old Apr 14, 2004, 12:17 PM   #9
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Well composed...

Awesome DOF!

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Old Apr 16, 2004, 9:36 AM   #10
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Graham,
Would you be so kind as to give the rest of us some tips?These shots are extremely fine. A 500mm lens is a test in steadyness. I know that you use a Wimberley gymbal style mount, but do you lock it down to shoot? I would think that impossible as flighty as birds are. Do you rest your hand on the top of the lens to dampen it? Alot of questions I know but that quest is wht we are all here right? So take us to school if you will, we're listening.
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