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Old Sep 24, 2005, 10:21 PM   #1
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I went out specifically to shoot with the 200/1.8 and 2x extender on the Mark II body. I first shot on monopod, but felt restricted, so I handheld the lens but kept the shutter high, between 1/1250th and 1/3200th, depending on light, leaving it wide open, though, at F/3.5. I was happy with the results, they were better than I had expected. I used fill flash on all of these:
Shooting into the sun with fill flash




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Old Sep 25, 2005, 9:49 AM   #2
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You bring out all the wonderful qualities which make this bird such a delight to birders, from being cute, to it's poses and acrobatics. Thanks for all these threads Norm!

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Old Sep 25, 2005, 11:42 AM   #3
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I like the last shot as I can see his eye well, Ive found that little black faced birds seem to become eyeless in my shots:-)
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Beautiful as always, Norm - I believe these birds are very difficult to capture, and yet not only do you capture them, but you capture them in amazing poses, with amazing backdrops as well. Really a treat to view your work !! {and thanks for reminding me to use fill in flash, just when I was beginning to talk to myself again after forgetting to with a leopard in a tree right infront of me.
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Old Sep 25, 2005, 3:47 PM   #5
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More great ones of the Chickadee and that last one is the winner for me. The orange bg with the bright eye and the sharpness of the pic is really wonderful. More execellent work norm.

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Old Sep 25, 2005, 4:16 PM   #6
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Thanks, all, it's nice shooting in these colors and one needs to do it fast because pretty soon there won't be any leaves left to provide color.

Dave, I appreciate your comment on the chickadee, they are real fun to watch.

Jake, if I saw a leopard in a tree in front of me I wouldn't be worried too much about a flash, just an escape route :-)


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