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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1635 on: June 09, 2013, 11:54:41 PM »
Eastern Spine bill....again. Sorry :)
But once the Correas finish flowering, he's off. This afternoon, both he and I managed to position ourselves better. No annoying twigs to get in the way. At the time of the pic, he was happily banging out a song, hence the open beak.
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« Reply #1636 on: June 10, 2013, 12:36:41 AM »
Eastern Spine bill....again. Sorry :)
But once the Correas finish flowering, he's off. This afternoon, both he and I managed to position ourselves better. No annoying twigs to get in the way. At the time of the pic, he was happily banging out a song, hence the open beak.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC III. This time, with the help of a winter sun, I could stop down half a stop, which helped with the DOF. I find the 1.4x TC can take the edge off the sharpness (or affect the focus) just slightly. Stopping down even half a stop makes a difference.



Another great shot...I like both of them :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1637 on: June 10, 2013, 12:51:41 AM »


The portrait as envisioned by the pigeon when he commissioned the work...




The portrait as delivered by the hipster street photographer claiming to be a portrait artist.  :)

Just a little humor.
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« Reply #1638 on: June 10, 2013, 06:11:07 AM »
Eastern Spine bill....again. Sorry :)

Great shot Mr Bean.

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« Reply #1639 on: June 10, 2013, 06:40:38 AM »
Thanks Serendipidy and Click :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1640 on: June 10, 2013, 09:24:54 AM »
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« Reply #1641 on: June 10, 2013, 02:03:47 PM »
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Nice images Amirosama!  I love seeing Raptors that we don't have here in Florida!  Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #1642 on: June 10, 2013, 02:07:00 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)
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« Reply #1643 on: June 10, 2013, 02:08:00 PM »
Eastern Spine Bill.
This ones been gorging on the Correas that are in flower in my backyard (note the yellow pollen on the beak).
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Fantastic image Mr. Bean!  Outstanding!
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« Reply #1644 on: June 10, 2013, 02:17:20 PM »
Thank you AmbientLight for your kind advice. I think you are right about FF since I was having a lot of trouble with the 7D obtaining focus and also keeping the whole bird in the frame. One day I hope to upgrade to the 5D3 or something similar in the future. :)

What lens are you using?  I use a 70-300L with a 7D for birds in flight and would just use less zoom than buy a new full frame body.  The auto focus of the 7D is more than adequate for sharp birds in flight when used with a fast enough shutter speed.  If birds are flying laterally, it's hard to get a high percentage of keepers, but with the 7D's frames/second, you should get some.  Do you use back button focus in servo?  That change helped my "keep" rate a lot.

Hi CT John,

I started out using my 100-400L but I was usually shooting in the late afternoon and often it is overcast and cloudy then. The light was not bright and so I had low shutter speed and large apertures to keep ISO <800. The focus and IS on the 100-400 was not great. So I started using my recently purchased 70-200L f/2.8 ii for the f/2.8 focusing speed. I also was often too high on the focal range on the 400mm and the 200mm made me not zoom in so much which helped like you suggested. I have never tried back button focus (I'm an old guy who is very timid or slow to try new things) but I know I should learn that technique. Also, I need to practice panning skills. The heron was flying both laterally and towards me at the same time. I was using AI servo, expanded or manual select center zone AF, high speed continuous shutter, and AI Servo tracking sensitivity on "slow". Are those the correct settings to use? Thanks everyone for any advice. :)

Those settings look fine - I use auto select for auto focus most of the time, and my Servo tracking sensitivity on normal....not sure it that makes a lot of difference.  I would recommend trying back button focusing because I think it's easier to keep that depressed while panning rather than half depressing the shutter release button.
AI Servo tracking on slow or "1" does make a difference.  It enables the AF system to track the bird more efficiently and to ignore things that may pop into view or slight alterations in course.   Auto select for BIF usually results in less keepers with my findings after 3 years with my 7D.  Back button focus is excellent as I've suggested previously.

Also, I've found that once I MFA'd my 100-400mm the sharpness and accuracy went through the roof!  Have you MFA'd you're lenses yet Serendipity?  It made mine like getting a brand new lens for about an hours worth of work...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1645 on: June 10, 2013, 03:05:57 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1646 on: June 10, 2013, 04:42:44 PM »
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« Reply #1647 on: June 10, 2013, 04:54:47 PM »
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Great shots amirosama  8) I just love your BIF pictures. Well done.

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« Reply #1648 on: June 10, 2013, 05:35:04 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Bump your shutter speed to 1/2000 or 1/2500 and you should get even more keepers.
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« Reply #1649 on: June 10, 2013, 06:39:32 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Thanks Ken. Yup, the background sucks :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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