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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1650 on: June 10, 2013, 06:41:35 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.

Thanks. I'll give it a try when the light is good. I don't like going over ISO 800 on my 7D.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1651 on: June 10, 2013, 06:45:10 PM »
California Gull
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Very sharp.  8) Well done.

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« Reply #1652 on: June 10, 2013, 07:09:43 PM »
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« Reply #1653 on: June 10, 2013, 07:11:20 PM »
Black Crowned Night Heron (Canon 1Dx, 300mm 2.8 II)
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« Reply #1654 on: June 10, 2013, 07:32:51 PM »
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I love your bird pictures MRLinVA. Nice and sharp. Looking forward to see more of them. :)

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« Reply #1655 on: June 10, 2013, 07:59:43 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.

Thanks. I'll give it a try when the light is good. I don't like going over ISO 800 on my 7D.

I have used 1600 and even 3200 on mine.  Very usable shots.  Just make sure you ETTR.
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« Reply #1656 on: June 10, 2013, 08:00:44 PM »
California Gull
7D, EF 70-300mm at 300mm, F8

Very sharp.  8) Well done.

Thank you
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« Reply #1657 on: June 10, 2013, 09:28:35 PM »
Nesting Common Loon Picture (or is it a feeding Mosquito picture?)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1658 on: June 10, 2013, 11:00:30 PM »
Cooper's Hawk doing her Lady Macbeth imitation.  Check out the blood on her feet.  5D iii, 100-400 F4 - 5.6 L IS, ISO 640.

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« Reply #1659 on: June 10, 2013, 11:29:16 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...

Thanks again Ken for all your excellent advice. I haven't AFMA any lens yet (I don't know how, but I will buy that Focal software I read about on CR and try it). I did send my 7D and 100-400L from HI to CA Canon Service center about a year ago for them to calibrate. When I got it back, it did seem a little sharper. Also, I need to set up my camera and try back button focus. I have been using my recently purchased 70-200L f/2.8ii for BIF since it can capture focus using the f/2.8 and also not so tele since the herons are close (fly between my house and the neighbors house).
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1660 on: June 10, 2013, 11:33:11 PM »
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I love your bird pictures MRLinVA. Nice and sharp. Looking forward to see more of them. :)

+1, very nice. Is it me or does that BCN Heron only have one leg? :o
Perhaps a pirate..aarrrgghh :)
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« Reply #1661 on: June 10, 2013, 11:34:02 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.

Thanks. I'll give it a try when the light is good. I don't like going over ISO 800 on my 7D.

I have used 1600 and even 3200 on mine.  Very usable shots.  Just make sure you ETTR.

OK...will give it a try.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1662 on: June 11, 2013, 11:14:57 AM »
A black-headed gull, shot in the south of Sweden.


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1663 on: June 11, 2013, 12:13:17 PM »
Black Vulture

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I love your bird pictures MRLinVA. Nice and sharp. Looking forward to see more of them. :)

+1, very nice. Is it me or does that BCN Heron only have one leg? :o
Perhaps a pirate..aarrrgghh :)
We had a Blue Tit in the garden which we thought only had one leg, it would lean against things.
And on the ground hop about on one leg, using a wing to steady itself if it was in danger of falling over.
Sometime later we did see the leg a few times, so it must have been injured somehow.

Obviously we called her "Eileen"  8)




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« Reply #1664 on: June 12, 2013, 01:34:43 AM »
Yesterday went out to see my Heron in my side yard next to the ditch. He was there and then the other mature heron appeared. They chased each other around and settled 15' apart. Then this brown juvenile BCN heron appears and very aggressively chases the other 2 mature herons far away and returns. The other 2 never came back. So I try to help this "juvenile delinquent" catch some fish. He is terrible with big fish (never catches even one) but seems to be good at the tiny fish(catches 5 or 6 but gulps them down quickly). I finally get a shot of him with an appetizer. :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1664 on: June 12, 2013, 01:34:43 AM »