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Old Jan 10, 2005, 9:02 PM   #1
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Well, went out to take some photos today, and of course it was cloudy. But,
late in the day, for some reason, things got really bright for about half an
hour. There was this big bright thing in the sky. At the same time, a herd
of chickadees passed through where I was at. Then they were gone and so
was that bright thing. Anyway, here's a couple of shots.

Both were shot with my DRebel, 100-400L IS USM @ 340 mm, ISO 200,
1/200 sec, f/5.6, manual exposure, 420EX flash. Processing: ACR capture,
66.7% crop, reduce to 640 pixel width, 0.3/100% USM, save for web for ~100k file size.

I think this would have had better fill with a Beamer


And fo course, ended up with one of these. I think I may do a book,
"Birding by Butts"
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Old Jan 10, 2005, 9:23 PM   #2
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I think this would have had better fill with a Beamer
It's such a fine line with these black capped chicks because if you overexpose a touch you blow the whites and if you underexpose a touch you lose the head. With the top one the gleam in the eye saves the head as well as the nicely defined beak. You've captured the feather texture perfectly (sharpness setting in my personal view is very good).

I'd say something about head definition for #2 but I'll leave that up to someone else.

Nice job!
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 12:56 AM   #3
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Very nice job, woodmeister! There is a terrific quality to the very fine feathers on the chickadee's underside and you've been able to capture that (and retain and bring it out in the processing) wonderfully.

I've managed to snap more than a handful of butt shots myself. It always seems like they turn away from me whenever I want to take their picture! :roll:
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 3:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments guys. I really appreciate it!!
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:19 AM   #5
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I'm jealouse of the first one. Beautiful shot!
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 10:57 AM   #6
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I also like the feather detail in #1.
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