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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:08:41 PM »
Good lord! Gravity seems to be malfunctioning at that spot. ;)


Well said  ;D


Nice shot fohtohz.  8)


thank's all :-)



So are they all in focus? Which one did you center on?
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:17:50 AM »
Seven of our thrushes (six of them are being sat on by the mother here).

Cheers Brian
Lovely! Is she nesting inside your house? There seems to be three light sources showing up in her eye and one looks like a fluorescent tube light.
In our shed. I had the light on to see if it would help my webcam, it looks down into the nest.
If I go in the shed then she just sits there very still, so I avoid eye contact. Obviously I try to
keep out of the shed, and now all are hatched a lot of time she's not sat on the nest. So we get
along OK.
Cheers Brian



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:12:17 AM »



Proof that levitation does work. So why do they need wings?
Great capture.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:41:22 AM »
Very young Sparrow

Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:42:22 AM »
Seven of our thrushes (six of them are being sat on by the mother here).

Cheers Brian

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So I guess one really should use a tripod with  TS for optimal results. How would one work as a walkabout lens?
Cheers brian


It works fine if you don't mind manual focus -- they're also a bit bulkier/heavier than non TS lenses.  Shifts can also be done handheld and tilts for miniature effects too.  It's when you need to precisely aline the focal plane with live view precisely that tripods are necessary.
Tilt-shifts can work fine without a tripod.  I use the setting on my 5D3 that allows me to see leveling info in the viewfinder by pressing one of the AF buttons.  Before I do that I verify focus using Live View.  The following shots were taken with a TS hand held.


JSC_2110_HDR.jpg by CalevPhoto, on Flickr


JSC_0562_HDR-Edit.jpg by CalevPhoto, on Flickr


Siena Gardens by CalevPhoto, on Flickr

OK, great to hear. They're nice shots.
Cheers Brian

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So I guess one really should use a tripod with  TS for optimal results. How would one work as a walkabout lens?
Cheers brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:21:10 AM »
Click on image for full size

More on :
http://www.wildlife-photos.net
http://www.birdpix.nl/album_search.php?search_type=pic_username&search=Edward+van+Altena

Fabulously sharp and great colours,  I assume you had plenty of light. Would you mind sharing the EXIF data and which equipment you used please?
Cheers Brian


If you click on the image it will open the images on my website.
All exif information is underneath the image.

Greetings ,

Edward.

Edward, duuh I guess I could have though of that. Fabulous shots on your web site.
Thanks
Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:19:09 AM »
Willets, Western variety, at Cherry Creek State Park:






(See more full size images at my site)

Great shots, I think the first two really do it for me. I think its the colours that I like, and thats spoilt a bit by the sand at the bottom of the third one.  But please don't take that as criticism.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:15:56 AM »
jrista.....by the power not vested in me, you are hearby awarded the photographers Purple Star for injuries sustained in the line of duty ;D

-edit-

I think this would make a cool thread..."What I had to go through to get the shot"
I would like to wade and make my way through all that stuff to get the shot but I'm always worried about these...

I saw one grab a huge Great Blue Heron a few weeks back and in one fell swoop, it was gone!
Make sure you take a macro Ken, then you can get some real close up shots...........Apparently you just need to stare them down. I've heard.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:12:17 AM »
Here's another ill Greenfinch, Vet confirmed Trichomonosis.
I actually put it out of its misery about an hour after taking this photo, its hard
to just sit there and watch them flapping around and falling over etc.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:01:24 AM »
Just the thrush from our garden who chose to build her nest in the shed, at head level, directly across from the shed door.
She's sat on 4 eggs at least. Unfortunately there's not too much light there, so this was taken at
ISO 25600.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 08, 2013, 02:17:30 PM »
Click on image for full size

More on :
http://www.wildlife-photos.net
http://www.birdpix.nl/album_search.php?search_type=pic_username&search=Edward+van+Altena

Fabulously sharp and great colours,  I assume you had plenty of light. Would you mind sharing the EXIF data and which equipment you used please?
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: May 08, 2013, 02:13:03 PM »
The common grackle with an uncommon attitude.
Probably tired of being called "Common"! He looks ready to pounce. Nice shot.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:42:30 AM »
Krob78, Mr. Otter, Barrfly, digital paradise and all you other photogs....very beautiful and inspiring shots. Looking at your work keeps me interested in pursuing this hobby and trying to make photographs like you can :)

Some I took at dusk today in my yard. This young heron has been coming around for about a month when I feed the fish in the canal, but he was never able to catch a fish in several dozen tries....until now. This tilapia was large and it took him several minutes to finally swallow. :P

Taken with a 7D and 100-400mm L @ 400mm. Almost dusk and was very overcast (started to rain as I took the last shot), so I used a 580 on camera flash with a better beamer. I am a total noob when it comes to flash since I never use it and haven't yet learned. I think these were overexposed and so I had to try and fix it with DPP. Constructive advice welcome. Thanks. :)
I'm jealous that you can get so close, our local Herons will fly off when I'm about 50 meters away. I think the last three are overexposed, how díd you meter? I just got a better beamer and have yet to use it outside, so I'm not sure how to advise yet, if at all. I would have thought spot metering on the white of the bird and the automatic should take care of the rest, I assume its just normal fill-in flash techniques.
Some other BB users are bound to know.
Cheers Brian

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