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Old Feb 19, 2005, 6:53 PM   #1
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Various shots I got driving to town and back. Not much around but the chickadees are always flittering and fluttering about, thankfully. I saw 2 bush birds but they didn't hang around for very long.

Lens: 200/1.8 with 2x extender (400mm) handheld; Shutter priority to 1/500, just enough to account for the inverse law related to focal distance for handholding; ISO set to 400:










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Old Feb 19, 2005, 9:11 PM   #2
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If there has ever been a perfect photo of a Chickadee your Chickadee Gaze is one followed by Meditating. Those are the best I've seen of them. I tried my luck on them today and was going to post one or two but after seeing yours I'll have to wait. And yes I have a Honey don't do list also, not that it matters.

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Old Feb 19, 2005, 9:19 PM   #3
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Great shots. How do you get so close "on your way to town and back"? This bird nested in the drive-thru clown's mouth or something?
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Old Feb 19, 2005, 9:46 PM   #4
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Thanks Houston, those were real nice words and it's always great to get approval from peers in photography. However, don't you dare not post something because you don't think it's as good as something else that you've seen. Ack, if I did that I would never post since I see such spectacular wildlife photographs in this and other forums that I presently only dream of manufacturing. Part of the object of posting is to get and give ideas and viewpoints, which is impossible if there's nothing to give viewpoint on :-)

However, I'm sure you were kidding and I look forwrd to seeing your chickadees.

Wannabe, I find that I get some of the best photos going to and from destinations. Maybe it's the bricklayer syndrome: I layed bricks one summer as a teenager and prior to that time I had never noticed chimneys, walls, or other brick constructions. After one summer of bricklaying I noticed every cotton pickin' brick that I passed.

Similarly, when I drive I now see those winged bricks where before I knew them not.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 7:10 PM   #5
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The shots are just plain awesome, Norm!!!!! Detail is excellent in all of them.
Chickadee gaze and meditating have a nice DOF effect. The local area where
the bird is sitting is sharp, but the background is nicely blurred to
still give the general habitat were the bird is without distracting from it.
If it weren't for that "darned" branch, the boast would be absolutely perfect.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 7:17 PM   #6
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Amazing shots, Norm! Stand out work as usual.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 10:38 PM   #7
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but the background is nicely blurred to
still give the general habitat
Thanks for the really nice words all. Woodmeister, I got a kick out of the above phrase as about 3 inches from the bird was a plastic garbage bag that I had cut out of the photo. :G Here's the original habitat. Three cheers for cropping! I sincerely appreciate your kind words but just had to reveal the truth.


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