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Old Dec 6, 2004, 7:12 PM   #1
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These were two, out about fifty on the ground, that decided to fly overhead.

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Old Dec 6, 2004, 9:54 PM   #2
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Very nice freeze and wing definition in this one smac. It appears that you have your shutter set just about right for these ones. I wonder if a fill flash might push out some of those shadows a touch. Looks like those birds were pretty close so perhaps a fill flash may have assisted. I purchased a better beamer yesterday online for situations just like this.

Congrats on a good capture here.
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Old Dec 6, 2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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Very nice freeze and wing definition in this one smac.* It appears that you have your shutter set just about right for these ones.* I wonder if a fill flash might push out some of those shadows a touch.* Looks like those birds were pretty close so perhaps a fill flash may have assisted.* I purchased a better beamer yesterday online for situations just like this.
I was reading the same post and saw the link to the better beamer. It looks like a great solution for filling in on long telephoto shots.
I was surprised to see the bone structure detail in the wing of the front bird.
I thought that was pretty cool myself.
I have such a long way to go to reach the quality of shots I've seen on this site. But, I am looking forward to the journey.
Thanks again for the kind words and the suggestions.
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Old Dec 7, 2004, 9:45 AM   #4
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Very nice shot. I have never seen these guys. Think I need some time off to visit this park in sacramento.
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Old Dec 7, 2004, 10:11 AM   #5
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Hi Smac,

The Pic. as well as yr. concentration to be appreciated!


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Old Dec 7, 2004, 11:49 AM   #6
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Very nice shot. I have never seen these guys. Think I need some time off to visit this park in sacramento.
Bobbyz,
It's an amazing place. It's about 90 north of Sac. on I-5. There is a six mile auto tour with two viewing areas, one with a platform with two high powered spotting scopes, where you can get out of your car.

Here is a linik to their wegpage.

http://sacramentovalleyrefuges.fws.gov/

You will find a map of the entire complex and all six refuges in the area.

Thanks bobbyz and wildlifeiyer for the kind words, and bobbyz I hope that you can make to the refuge sometime.

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Old Dec 7, 2004, 1:04 PM   #7
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We get the occasional sighting of a Crane up where I am, but it sa big surprise (I keep getting there too late and missing them.) So it's nice to see some good shots of them.

The better beamer is a really nice addition to your equipment. It only works on hot-shoe flashes (like the Canon 550EX) and not on built-in flashes. Just so you know.

It does two things. It gives the flash a longer reach, which is really nice. But it also concentrates the light. This means that it requires less flash power to get the same light coverage & brightness on the same subject. So you get faster flash recharge times. The magic of TTL!

But do realize that their reach is not infinite. Maybe 100 feet if you're lucky. That is amazing reach for a flash, but it isn't as far as you might think. Without reference points, something will look closer than it really is.

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Hi Smac,

The Pic. as well as yr. concentration to be appreciated!
wildlifeiyer,
Thank you for your compliments.

My concentration has always been good, it's my patience that needs work.:roll:

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nice shot there..smac !!!!

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Old Dec 9, 2004, 3:25 AM   #10
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Good photo smac,they stand out well with the blue sky.
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