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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:26:24 PM »
Damp dark day here today, the Squirrel was in focus till he jumped. AF just didn't follow him though.
Still thought I'd post it anyway. I hope it isn't my best animal shot!
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2013, 08:33:32 AM »
I guess this is a Sparrow Hawk, after an unsuccessfull hunt in our garden this morning. Had to take it through the window, and its a very dull cold day here.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:12:20 PM »
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
Fabulous! Sometimes they just know they are safe. I am trying to communicate with the hawk that frequents our garden. Let us see how it goes - so far he lets me talk and hangs around for a while :)
I think in the end you are just part of the environment, they know that you pose no great danger if they are around regularly. The birds (Mainly magpies) run around behind our dog stealing his breakfast on a morning.
But its a long way from tame.
Cheers Brian

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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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