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Old Jul 6, 2004, 4:58 PM   #1
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My 3rd day with this lens and 10D. Enjoying it so far. Level adjust and USM (need to learn more on how to use these things).

Shot through the window (open) of my car with engine running. I was lucky to get 2 shots before someone came behind me and I had to move.


My first attempt at birds in flight. I used IS mode 2 and AI Servo.





A gold finch?


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Old Jul 6, 2004, 5:09 PM   #2
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Thats a very good start Bobby, I'm impressed

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The Goldfinch seems to be an immature one, what's your location precisely ?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"About post-processing, look on this forum, probably on 2nd page now ; its a thread I've posted with the "know-how" in PS about various things. Think the title had "complete workflow" or something.

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Old Jul 6, 2004, 5:44 PM   #3
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I took all these shots at Point Lobos, Carmel, California.
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Old Jul 6, 2004, 5:45 PM   #4
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Nice shots. That was fast work to get shots of that hawk that fast.

I think my camera would have still been trying to focus.

I like the finch picture. Got some nice detail on that one. Keep em comin!


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Old Jul 6, 2004, 6:38 PM   #5
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Thanks Zoomn (& Eric CAN).

Zoomn - This is the main reason I got the 10D. I was missing too many shots with my FZ1. By the time, I could extend the lens, the bird would have moved. Now with 10D, I leave it on, zoom islocked at400mm, so ready to shoot at moments notice.




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You are learning fast with that new equipment bobbyz! These are very nice shots!

Eric, what do you think on that hawk? It looks like a red-shouldered hawk to my eyes. I concur on the immature goldfinch. Then of course we've got 2 pictures of brown pelicans. Can't leave out the crow either :-)
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Way to go, bobbyz, that second pelican photo is my favorite of the bunch. There's just something about that cute flat mug and the nice sharp feathers. I like the wing position better on the second one as well.

The white background in the crow/raven photo really sends the bird out into the front line,
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Let me see if I can't find my Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. It's really the reference standard for IDing (but not for behavour, which it says nothing. Just pictures and a few details.) Nuts, can't find it (wonder what the neighbors thought as I turn on lights and rummage around the house at 1am?)

Yes, I believe that is a red shouldered hawk. I've never seen one (they are fairly rare this far north now.) The smaller size and fully red breast is the ID tell signs. Its a "california" adult 'cause of the full red... but the grey head is a bit odd (the Florida variety has a grey head, but almost no red... nothing like this one's breast) but the pictures in Sibley's might be misleading me to a variant. After all, there is *some* read on the side of the head.

But on to the pictures! Very nicely done. That red shouldered is really nice, especially considering you had the engine running. As I'm sure you know, you'd do better to turn it off but that isn't always possible.

And you did a great job with the consistant panning. IS mode 2 is helpful, but if you don't pan at a consistant (and matching) rate you'll still miss the shot. And you did it right.

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eric s wrote:
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Let me see if I can't find my Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. It's really the reference standard for IDing (but not for behavour, which it says nothing. Just pictures and a few details.) Nuts, can't find it (wonder what the neighbors thought as I turn on lights and rummage around the house at 1am?)

Yes, I believe that is a red shouldered hawk. I've never seen one (they are fairly rare this far north now.) The smaller size and fully red breast is the ID tell signs. Its a "california" adult 'cause of the full red... but the grey head is a bit odd (the Florida variety has a grey head, but almost no red... nothing like this one's breast) but the pictures in Sibley's might be misleading me to a variant. After all, there is *some* read on the side of the head.
Thanks for checking my id on that hawk, Eric. I'm not the greatest with raptor id and they can be difficult anyway, even for experts, because there are so many color phases in a species and also because immatures can often look so different from the adult plumages.
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