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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:29:54 PM »
I've been wanting to get a decent photo of a Vermillion Flycatcher for a long time.  These birds are fairly common in our area (southeastern Arizona) but are the devil to shoot.  They never sit still long enough to get a decent shot, or the light is wrong, or there are intervening branches and twigs.  It's always something with these birds.  This morning, however, everything worked out.  We are experiencing high winds today with peak gusts of more than 30mph.  This little guy was hanging on to his perch for dear life, not wanting to fly.  That gave me the opportunity to set up a shot.  5Diii, 400DO, "M" setting, 1/640 @ f7.1, ISO 250.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:17:05 PM »
I caught this large lady doing a little housekeeping.  5Diii, ISO 320, 400DO, f7.1 @ 1/1600

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 03, 2014, 09:42:18 AM »
I haven't posted for a while so here goes.  This is a Burrowing Owl in flight.  I've been trying for this shot for months.  These birds are extremely difficult to catch in the air because they fly without warning, they fly erratically, and invariably, they fly low to the ground.   Canon 5Diii, 100-400 f4-5.6L, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/1,600.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:48:40 AM »
I just purchased a Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro L and have had great fun with it.  This is a Hoverfly, less than 1/4" long in real life.  Photograph made hand held in natural light, ISO 200, f7.1 @ 1/500.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:23:40 PM »
Conventional wisdom is you've got to show the bird's eyes and preferably with a catch light in 'em or the photo is a failure.  In this case, I beg to differ.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:31:50 PM »
As long as we're on the subject of waterfowl -- Pied-billed Grebe having fun, 5Diii, ISO 320, 400DO, f7.1 @ 1/1600.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:34:17 PM »
Wow, that towhee shot is just super!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:09:30 PM »
I realized I'd left out the data on that rufous Red Tail.   5Diii, 400 DO, shot at ISO 320, 1/1600 at f7.1, M setting, central focus points only.  Here's another image of the same bird.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:04:50 AM »
Love that male cardinal!  And, while we're on the subject of red birds, here's a so-called "rufous morph" Red-tailed Hawk.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:05:41 PM »
Sturm und Drang, Part II.  No, this juvenile Red Tail is not pursuing this blackbird.  They were both perched and took off simultaneously with a resulting near-collision in flight.

5Diii, 400DO, ISO 400, M Mode, f6.3 @ 1/1250

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:03:11 PM »
Sturm und Drang.  Went out to look for hawks today and found this very athletic Red Tail doing an aerobatic maneuver.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 500, M mode, 1/1250 @ f6.3.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:42:43 AM »
I'm calling this one "Getting the duck outta here."  5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, f6.3 @ 1/2500, aperture control mode.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:40:23 AM »
Duck yoga.  Green-winged Teal.  5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320 f6.3 @ 1/640, aperture priority.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:09:27 PM »
Happy New Year everyone!  Ferruginous Hawk liftoff, 5Dii, 400 DO, ISO 320, f7.1 @ 1/1600, "M" mode

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 27, 2013, 03:20:29 PM »
I thought I'd add one of my own to all of these cute dog photos.

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