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Old May 3, 2005, 4:23 AM   #1
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Spent this past weekend at a friend's hunting camp. Saturday was cloudy, dark, dismal. Sunday was bright and sunny. Bird activity was abundant
though. Here's a few shot's that I got.

All photos shot w/20D and 100-400L.

First, a chipping sparrow, obviously the sunny day.
ISO400, 350mm, f/8, 1/800 sec


Next, the goldfinches are back! this is one of several I got of them.
ISO400, 350mm, f/8, 1/800 sec


Then there is a nutty nuthatch.
ISO400, 350mm, f/8, 1/1600 sec


Then, there were these purple finches. These were taken on Saturday when it was dark
and dismal.

Purple finch 1
ISO1600, 340mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec


Purple finch 2. This guy was shot through a window at the minimum focus
distance of the 100-400L and is full frame. Not a lot of DOF on this one.
ISO1600, 340mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec
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Old May 3, 2005, 7:45 AM   #2
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Woodmeister, great shots. The depth of field inall of them seems excellentto me. The colors and detail are fantastice in all. Looks like you had a great time. BTW - The lack of noise in these shots is very nice.
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:32 AM   #3
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nice shots!!!!really great detail and color!!!

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Old May 3, 2005, 9:33 AM   #4
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great shots, are these little guys in the wild or what?
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Old May 3, 2005, 8:15 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to check out the pics and for your comments.

Mullen: The 20D really suprised me at the noise levels at ISO1600. Detail like
this just never was possible with the Drebel. BTW, I did use noise reduction
with Neat Image on the ISO 1600 shots. Still, ended up with some nice detail.

aladyforty: Yes, these are all wild birds. The hunting camp was in the middle of
a 280,000 acre state forest. (There's a little over 2,000,000 acres total of state
forest land in Pennsylvania.)
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:06 PM   #6
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Great shot woodmeister, you have taken the natural light and used it to your advantage in these, with excellent results. 2 million acres is one big backyard too.:-)
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Old May 5, 2005, 3:53 AM   #7
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Thanks Norm! I do have quite the backyard. Even though my home is in a
town which hosts a major university (Penn State), a 10 to 20 minute drive
puts me into any one of three state forests of similar size. (One is less than
five minutes if I leave from work)
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