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Old Jan 3, 2005, 5:53 PM   #1
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This is the first time I've tried shooting flying birds. I don't know what they are but I was using my Sigma 135-400 hand held and using autofocus for all except #5. It was with my ETX-90.None of these arevery good compared to what I'm seeing here that you guys take. I guess I should have been using manual focus with the flying birds. And as for the one of the Comorant, I just don't know what is wrong there. I'm going back out there tomorrow and I would really appreciate any pointers that will help. I was disappointed today.

There was this little girl walking around the lake with this bird on her finger. She let me take a picture of it. I liked it the best, lots of color.

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You got some good in flight captures there. To me, focus doesn't appear to be an
issue. Exposure is the problem especially in #2. White birds with dark
backgrounds can be a problem with some metering systems. You may
want to try exposure compensation of maybe -0.5 to -1.5. The backgrounds
may end up a little dark but you should be able to recover it in postprocessing.
For me, white birds with dark backgrounds are always a problem to get
just right.
I'm not sure what you see wrong with the Comorant, it doesn't look to bad to me.
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You got some good in flight captures there. To me, focus doesn't appear to be an
issue. Exposure is the problem especially in #2. White birds with dark
backgrounds can be a problem with some metering systems. You may
want to try exposure compensation of maybe -0.5 to -1.5. The backgrounds
may end up a little dark but you should be able to recover it in postprocessing.
For me, white birds with dark backgrounds are always a problem to get
just right.
I'm not sure what you see wrong with the Comorant, it doesn't look to bad to me.
Thanks woodmeister. I thought about exposure compensation but I really didn't know which way to go (+or-). So correct me if I'm wrong. For white birds with dark backgrounds use (-), then what about white birds with the sky as background. Sometimes I get just a silhouete. Should I use EC of (+)for that or just keep experimenting until I find what works best for me. I've got a long ways to go but I'm working at it.


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Hey Dad,

Focus looks pretty good to me. I like the first shot and the 4th one would have been great if you had caught the whole bird.

Good luck tomorrow! Wish I had the time to go too.

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Old Jan 4, 2005, 4:35 AM   #10
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Your right, when shooting up into the sky, you need to go the opposite direction.
That's something I need to beat into my own head. I always seem to forget
to tweek
the settings when I'm shooting up into the trees. Although that depends
a lot on the kind of day and sun direction.
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