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Messages - Jack Douglas

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:34:53 PM »
Well Steven a visit to the area might be called for.  What's the best time of the year.  I was there once long ago searching for a bird and found ONE.  Trailered it home - a 1963 Ford Falcon convertible.  The feathered type were not even in my mind at that time! ;)

Couldn't find a shot so my 64 is substituted (Old Canon F1, film).  It is a bird and it does fly.  ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:08:30 AM »
Steven that is a gem, didn't notice the fly initially.  Reminds me of my parrot when I drop one of his fluffers and it's floating down towards his head!  What's you geographic location again?  Arizona?  Seems like you have a great sampling of birds.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:03:38 AM »
Thanks Click, my friend actually looked for the bird in Stokes at the page I referred to - good for a laugh

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:15:31 AM »
Rare Hooded Chickadee shot yesterday! ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:43:57 AM »
Love the recent photos everyone!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:22:08 AM »
Up close and personal. Getting desparate here! ;)

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:16:38 AM »
Nope, there's an elephant under there, Erik X.

I may have posted this long ago.  A thaw in January and a wind swept drip.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:23:22 PM »
Click, forgive me, the Chickadee was for you too! ;)

Thanks everyone for the complements and advice.  Yes, 6d and sometimes the shutter is a little low but not that low, many were 500th and I've personally found ISO's pushing towards 12800 to be quite noisy and not what I like.  Evening or cloudy here is pretty dull and around sunset if I try to shoot at 1000th I'd definitely be at that ISO.  I have moved the AFMA around as I was shooting out there and figured I was OK.  However with one shot center focus (try for the eye) and recompose with a sometimes moving subject I might be missing focus somewhat.

My sensor could be getting a bit dirty as I have noticed the odd spot in the sky and I guess the X1.4 may affect sharpness a little but otherwise I don't know what to think.

Here's a shot of a stationary nuthatch with center spot focus and full frame just as is.  6D 200X1.4  F4.5  ISO 1250  Manual exposure.  The one shot focus point was right on the edge of his eye.  Jon, or anyone doesn't this appear to be in focus?  What else?  Anyway, that's what I'm getting.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:12:12 PM »
Nice shots all.

The frost drew me outside before breakfast to freeze my fingers but no complaints.  I think this qualifies as a Red Shafted Flicker (I've only seen/shot Yellow Shafted around here).  Pretty heavy crop.

And the Chickadee was just too cute - for Don.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:48:39 AM »
Thnks jrista,

Honest I still remember that recommendation from before but something seems to make me focus on maximizing the bird, for detail I guess.  I'll loosen up.  How's this Downy?

In case anyone wonders, my recent shots have all been 70-200 F2.8 II with X1.4.  The zoom has been handy compared to my 300.

Jack


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:34:49 PM »
Thanks Click, wish I could share the experience with you in person.  The bottom of my mirror is covered in saliva from birds that like to share their food - setting a good example for the photographer.  I'll have to see if I can get a shot through the mirror but it's hit and miss on that one.

Here's something like what you'd see peaking out my "observatory" :)  The cost rises as the word spreads.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:15:29 PM »
Here's a shot from an hour ago that shows what the added height can do.  Now whether or not you like the perspective is another matter! ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:40:38 PM »
Don, there is nothing wrong with that setup, that's basically what I was doing on my deck.  What I especially like now is the inverted gimbal and being 12+ feet in the air with trees behind.  Of course I happened to have a shed with an attic and no neighbors to complain.

Whatever works, the main thing is we're shooting birds and happy as a chicadee at a feeder! ;) .... or nutty waiting his turn.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2014, 06:00:17 AM »
Me too Don!  Chickadees are the sweetest of all birds.  I used to think they were perfect angels but now I know even they can be aggressive, but I forgive them, after all they have to survive! ;)

I now have a special place with a small electric space heater where I can watch the birds in a slightly more natural environment.  This brainwave just popped into my head one day as I noticed the birds always flew from my deck to the trees near the barn.  And I'm shooting north, which gives better lighting.  Retirement has its advantages. :)

When this guy visits I quickly shift my focus from the chickadees and nuthatches, however.

BTW the Downys come and look me in the eye through the see through mirror and the other day a chickadee attacked it flying face first into it.  For a second I thought I was going to have a chickadee bill imbedded in my forhead!  The Downys also grab on to the observatory corner and tap away. >:(

The photo doesn't include the cloth bellows that now helps to hide the lens as it protrudes hanging from the gimbal.  Maybe these shots will encourage someone to do something similar - it's a lot of fun up there!!

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:20:20 PM »
Have to say I'm happy with my 24-70 F4 and it's a handy holiday macro, not bad at all.  Very glad I got it with the 6D.

Such comments always bring to mind the folks that cursed the 6D becasue it HAD WiFi and GPS.  Then they curse the 7D2 because it DOESN'T have WiFi.  Makes me chuckle.  ;)

Jack

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