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Old Dec 25, 2004, 5:09 AM   #1
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I was out a couple of days ago and was in this spot when I was surrounded
by chickadees. It was late in the day and thought it would be a good
chance to play with my new flash unit, 420ex. Had a lot of throwaways
as I wanted to see the limits of the flash. Both of these were shot with
my Drebel and 100-400L lens. I let the camera in program auto mode.
My reasoning for this is at this point I just want to get a database of
different conditions, and then go from there. The processing was ACR>
Neat Image>100%,0.5 USM>save for web. The first image is a 50% crop
and the second was an 80% crop to center the little guy.

The first image, ISO 200,f/5.6, 1/80 sec. Any suggestions to improve this
one as far as exposure, or am I up against a wall? Note: this guy was in
the shade and there was some sunlight in the bacground.

and her's the second one, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.
Note: This guy was totally in the shade, including background. Same question here:
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Old Dec 25, 2004, 9:12 AM   #2
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nice shots, Ive found that noiseworks is a better image tool than neat image, it sharpens better, also you could try unsharp mask on the bird only.
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Old Dec 25, 2004, 1:13 PM   #3
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The first one is very successful as far as I'm concerned, especially considering the 1/80th second shutter (even with IS). It's not often that one of these little guys sits for long enough to get a sharp 1/80th sec shot. Exposure looks fine with nice head definition.

You might have better success using shutter priority or manual mode with a bit faster shutter in order to tame the bottom one a bit. With that 420 flash, if you set your ISO a bit higher, you should be able to squeeze out more speed from the shutter. Program mode won't allow that because it chooses everything for you. If only the wings were blurred I would really like that second shot but the remainder of the bird and the wood as well is slightly blurred which is a bit much for me personally. Faster shutter would fix that.

Nice shots overall.
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Old Dec 25, 2004, 1:30 PM   #4
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I'm with Norm, that first shot is very nice. You must have very steady hands or else you shot a bunch and got lucky on this one.

Keep getting Norm to give advice because I love it when he does - great stuff for us newbies to learn from!
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Old Dec 26, 2004, 6:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys! I was pretty sure that the faster ss was the
answer in the second one, but I just wanted to make sure. As for the P
mode, I used it just so I could get some sort of baseline before I started
to mess around.

As for the first shot, it helps if you bribe these guys with a years
subscription to the "Bird Seed of the Month Club", LOL.

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