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Old Apr 20, 2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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The Red Winged Blackbirds have returned to my neck of the woods and it's nice to hear their raspy calls. I went out for a half hour at dusk and took a few photographs of them for old times sake with the Sigma 50-500. Here are a few samples:



This one took off when I had a very slow shutter set for lower ISO and I liked the effect:










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Old Apr 21, 2005, 8:12 AM   #2
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Very nice, Norm. The third is my favorite.
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 8:17 AM   #3
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Nice shots, Id love to see more with those red wings spread out
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 2:34 PM   #4
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Normcar,

I seem to be in danger of only complimenting you on the shots that you don't get in focus. :-)

But I just have to - the second shot is really great; I think the composition and exposure are fantastic and the fact that the stump is sharp really adds something.

You've got the exposure just right in #4 too. There is plenty of detail in the black feathers and the catchlight in his eye is great.

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:08 PM   #5
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I agree with Craig on #4. the black on black detail is really nice!!!! all are good shots!!! as usual for ya!!!!

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 7:15 PM   #6
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Nice shots!



Very plump bird!
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Old Apr 22, 2005, 5:36 AM   #7
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Glad to see these guys have arrived in your neck of the woods, and got some
pretty fine photos of them two. The late afternoon sun gives them a really
pleasing effect.
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Old Apr 22, 2005, 11:26 AM   #8
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Thanks all, I appreciate you taking a look.

I'm experimenting with various new techniques so here are a few more from yesterday. I'm trying to get as much feather detail as possible on these:




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