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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3300 on: November 17, 2013, 08:25:42 PM »
Fall chickadee. 5DMKIII, 600 II + 1.4 III, 1/640, f8, ISO 2500, Better Beamer -2 & 1/3 fill flash
Very nice Vern. Well balanced with the fill flash.
I've started to use fill flash for some of my bird pic's. Works well if I underexpose the flash by 1/3 to half a stop. When done well, you can't tell that flash has been used.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3301 on: November 18, 2013, 08:53:08 AM »
I always use a little fill flash for birds in trees b/c they are often backlit - though in this case that was minimal. I use the ETTL setting and high shutter speed synch on the canon 600 and set a fill of from -1 & 1/3 to -2 & 1/3 stops on the camera body. A better beamer tele adapter is helpful to extend the range and it covers most supertele angles of view. Even when not backlit, the flash adds a catchlight to the eye and increases color and detail in plumage.

The downside of the fill is that it will sometimes cast a shadow that detracts from the photo and if there are any foreground branches or leaves, they can stand out too much. Thanks for the positive feedback and questions - happy birding!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3302 on: November 18, 2013, 09:00:05 PM »
I wish I could say I photographed this Gray Hawk in the wild.  However, I took it yesterday at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's superb Raptor Free Flight program.  It's a must see for any serious wildlife photographer, the birds are allowed to fly free without restraints and only the promise of food lures them back.

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« Reply #3303 on: November 18, 2013, 09:41:18 PM »
Steven,

Captive or not a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird!  I guess it's nice to know if it's wild in terms of relating to its habitat and behaviour but that's not always too critical, is it.  I was musing over such things when I found the hummers were at the touch-me-nots by the pond as opposed to the ones I see by our home flowers.  Does it really matter?  Of course a flower is more appealing than a feeder, but what about the quality of the subject.  Any comment, anyone, for a relative newcomer to consider.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3304 on: November 18, 2013, 10:45:32 PM »
I wish I could say I photographed this Gray Hawk in the wild.  However, I took it yesterday at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's superb Raptor Free Flight program.  It's a must see for any serious wildlife photographer, the birds are allowed to fly free without restraints and only the promise of food lures them back.

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Cool shot!  I've only got to see a Gray Hawk once while 'touring' the Huachuca Mountains.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3305 on: November 18, 2013, 11:19:58 PM »
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Quick question: I use center point focus AI Servo. Going to upgrade to either a 6D or 5D mark III. Would using the same setting on a 6D give the same results as the 60D. Those of you using a 5D mark III what are your settings as for as bird in flight.


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3306 on: November 19, 2013, 12:07:35 AM »
Diablo - 90 % of my shots are birding with the 5D Mark III and the Canon 400mm 5.6 L.  Settings really depend on a variety of circumstances but overall these are proven for my sake anyway:  Faithful (stay off Standard to many changes to the actual photo - I've done tests where black in Standard look purplish - once I changed to Faithful no more problems with the reddish/purplish overcast).  Auto ISO - no time to even think about this when you have literally a second or two - let the camera do the work.  AI Servo 1st image priority with center choice (i.e slider) most of the time however if I know a bird will be stationary such as a Sapsucker I will revert back to One Shot mode and focus on the eye.  I rarely use one focus point but am usually on either Expansion mode or Zone AF especially when tracking a bird in flight which sooner or later is bound to happen on a stationary bird.  Since I don't want numerous shots of the bird in the same position and have to sift through numerous photos of the same pose I use Silent Continuous shooting to minimize the clicking.  I also use Tv priority @ 1/1600 or higher especially with faster birds such as hummers as high as 1/6400 - since there's little time I've no time to fool with Manual mode as we're not doing landscape shots.  Some may debate this - that's fine.  I also push up the exposure somewhere between 2/3rds and 2 full stops if it is a backlit situation.  Only shoot RAW as I can recover overblown shots with Highlight Priority in Adobe Lightroom rather easily.  Typically Evaluative mode though sometimes Center weighted depending on scene.  Case 2 tracking primarily, though with erratic birds such as Swallows I might choose Case 5 so its important to know what your subject matter is and their behaviors.  This should hopefully help you get started.  My shots can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/revup67 and or if you have an iPhone (soon for android) about 100+ photos of mine are in Birdseye NA http://birdseyebirding.com/index.php/birdseye-bird-finding/10-product-pages/56-the-birdseye-family-of-apps

Here's a shot I took today of a Red-breasted Sapsucker 11-18-13 - its a low res JPG of a master RAW file


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3306 on: November 19, 2013, 12:07:35 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3307 on: November 19, 2013, 12:13:47 AM »
PS Diablo - that is an adult Red-tailed Hawk (note the darkish area near the wrists of the hawk known as the Patagium) and a Song Sparrow in your photos
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3308 on: November 19, 2013, 12:38:53 AM »
revup67,

Thanks for that detailed explanation.  It'll come in handy if/when I upgrade to a second body.

I might add that lots is possible with the 6D. I use center point spot and that is virtually useless with BIF becasue it's too dificult to get the initial lock (talking 600mm here).  By using all the points the focus will often not be where you'd prefer on the head/eye.  The frames per second is a little slow but that's not as big a deal.

If a 6D was to be my only camera I wouldn't buy it without accepting the limitations that many have pointed out.  However, I've had a very rewarding summer/fall season with that camera and acquired many beautiful shots, just not many BIF.  I've posted more than enough to confirm that it's not a bad camera by any stretch.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3309 on: November 19, 2013, 08:17:43 PM »
Lorakeet - Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

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« Reply #3310 on: November 19, 2013, 08:31:16 PM »
Lorakeet - Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

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Beautiful colored bird. Nice shot.

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« Reply #3311 on: November 20, 2013, 02:37:24 AM »
Lorakeet - Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

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Beautiful colored bird. Nice shot.

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« Reply #3312 on: November 20, 2013, 02:43:47 AM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.


C69A2827-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2804-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2777-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2745-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

There are some more on my Flickr page (just click on one of the posted photos to take you there).
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy them. :)
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« Reply #3313 on: November 20, 2013, 09:14:15 AM »
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« Reply #3314 on: November 20, 2013, 09:33:42 AM »
@ Serendipidy and J.R. Very nice shots. Well done guys

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