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Old Jan 8, 2005, 6:34 AM   #1
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It was cloudy again yesterday (suprise, suprise), but at least it wasn't raining.
These were shot with Drebel, 100-400L @ 400, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, manual
exposure, 420EX flash, ISO 400. Processing was ACR, Neat Image, 0.5,100%
USM, 50% crop. There's a strange effect around the tail in #1. It's present
in the unprocessed raw file. It probably has something to do with optics but
I'm not sure what. Anyway here's the story:

Hi, I'm Lola the magic finch. So, you don't believe me?


Watch me make this berry float in mid air by my sheer power of thought!!


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Old Jan 8, 2005, 6:57 PM   #2
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it does not look purple, why is it called that????
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 7:16 PM   #3
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There's a strange effect around the tail in #1.
My guess would be that this is just one of those grey day anomalies that crops up when light is reflected in this atmosphere from something of a particular tone. I've seen light reflecting from tail feathers in both blue and grey environments and the light seems richer in the blue atmosphere. The grey sky seems more subject to things like purple fringing. I think this is just a light reflection off of the feathers. Can't be the lens because that is a superb lens and you weren't using extenders which can sometimes increase the likelihood of anomaly.

Great crisp and sharp photos, nice exposure, and cute story. The berry indeed looks as if it's floating.
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 6:09 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply Norm. I just hadn't seen that before. As for the berry,
there were several birds feeding in this bush, and this probably fell
from above, and I was just plain lucky to catch it. Aladyforty, this
is what the female looks like. Here's a picture of the male. It's not very
good photo, but gives you the idea of what the male looks like.

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very pretty:-)
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