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Old May 26, 2003, 1:05 PM   #1
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Today was the first day I really went out to get some birdshots.

This one was taken with the HP850 on 8x zoom + a raynox DCR1540 1.54 (so zoom appr. 12x) out of the car.

Some sharpening was done in Photoshop but nothing major.

I'm really beginning to think about digiscoping more seriously because comming close is almost impossible.

Hope you like it, all comments are welcome.


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Old May 27, 2003, 8:58 AM   #2
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I understand the feeling on digiscoping. I'm going with a 400mm lens, and I fear it still won't be long enough. But I don't want to bring a scope on hikes, so I'm going this way for now.

Watch out for the exposure, as you've blown out the highlight on the back of the neck. If you fear the bird will be too dark due to the back lighting, you can use a flash to fill in the front. The built in flash usually isnít strong enough to reach all the way to the bird, but you can always try (or get an external flash if the HP supports it. And if you really want, a Better Beamer can give your flash a 100í range.) There is also something funny.... a grainy-ness or maybe over sharpening? I don't know. I can say that I've never seen this bird before (I go bird watching on the weekends for fun) so itís nice to see something new.

You did get a nice gleam in its eye and the pose of the bird is good.
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Old May 27, 2003, 9:29 AM   #3
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Hi,

I oversharpned a bit I'm afraid, next time I will take care with that.

400mm is roughly what I'm using, 288 from the HP times 1.54 = 443.

To be honest it's WAY too small, you have to get really close for the smaller birds, this is a crop of a max zoom of about 5 mtrs away, and it was only about 1mp of my 3.92 !.

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And a rework for the sharpening problem.



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Old May 27, 2003, 1:49 PM   #5
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That helped the grain quite a lot. I like it more.

I'm going with a 100-400mm x 1.6 for the sensor, so it will be 640mm, and I'll have a 1.4xTC (986mm) if I really need to. But cropping is the name of the game (most of the time) to get the framing right.

If you really want to see some amazing nature/bird pictures check out:
www.naturephotographers.net

If you don't sign up (I did) you can't see as much, but you'll still get a look some of the forms and all the articles. The basic membership is free and you get access to the speciality forums. There are some amazing photographers there. I've learned a lot by looking at really good pictures and comments on the not-so-good (still amazing to me) pics.

When I (finally) get my 10D, I wonder if I'll have the nerve to post there....
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