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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3075 on: November 03, 2013, 08:18:21 PM »
Thanks Ken, Click, and rpt

Rpt, to shoot the Coppersmith you need to have a fruiting tree that it likes like the Balete tree from the genus Ficus. In this currently fruiting tree we were able to spot a family of four (two adults & two juvi) hoping around the tree looking for food. It took a lot of waiting and focus to get the subject in a frame that somewhat illuminated, does not have front obstruction and whose background isn't that busy or sky.

We were experimenting with using LED torches to defeat the back light with some success. I say some success as the LED torch was able to balance the back light but the subject was looking away from us at the time of exposure.

I normally look for slight movement in the trees and the Coppersmith's signature red head in a sea of green leaves to find it.

It also helps to have a friend with you helping spotting the bird and holding the LED torch for you.

For the above mentioned photo no LED torch was used.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3075 on: November 03, 2013, 08:18:21 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3076 on: November 04, 2013, 12:47:38 AM »
Thanks Ken, Click, and rpt

Rpt, to shoot the Coppersmith you need to have a fruiting tree that it likes like the Balete tree from the genus Ficus. In this currently fruiting tree we were able to spot a family of four (two adults & two juvi) hoping around the tree looking for food. It took a lot of waiting and focus to get the subject in a frame that somewhat illuminated, does not have front obstruction and whose background isn't that busy or sky.

We were experimenting with using LED torches to defeat the back light with some success. I say some success as the LED torch was able to balance the back light but the subject was looking away from us at the time of exposure.

I normally look for slight movement in the trees and the Coppersmith's signature red head in a sea of green leaves to find it.

It also helps to have a friend with you helping spotting the bird and holding the LED torch for you.

For the above mentioned photo no LED torch was used.
Thanks for the description. So I lived from 2004 to 2010 in a 6th floor flat next to a Pipal tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_religiosa. You could hear the copper smith every day but I managed to see it only may be ten to fifteen times. I photographed it on three or four occasions with my 300D. The pictures were not as good as yours as the first time it was with my old 80-200 FD lenses and the other times with my 100-400L. If I find the pictures, I will post them.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3077 on: November 04, 2013, 01:23:11 AM »
My Engrish is so bad... I need to edit it to sound somewhat normal.  ;D

I think I spent about 2-3 hours just looking up. :) I photographed the Coppersmith at my friend's parents home so I was able to enter their property.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3078 on: November 04, 2013, 03:38:27 AM »
My Engrish is so bad... I need to edit it to sound somewhat normal.  ;D

I think I spent about 2-3 hours just looking up. :) I photographed the Coppersmith at my friend's parents home so I was able to enter their property.
Wow! that time with the 800mm! You must have strong arms :)

I know exactly what you are talking about.

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« Reply #3079 on: November 04, 2013, 03:44:25 AM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3080 on: November 04, 2013, 06:22:06 AM »
Finally got a good shot of a red back fairy wren, I am pretty happy with these two shots. 70-300L at f5.6

red-back-fairy-wren by Synkka~, on Flickr


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3081 on: November 04, 2013, 06:24:02 AM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)
A great muse, very inspirational, love the shot :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3081 on: November 04, 2013, 06:24:02 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3082 on: November 04, 2013, 07:47:22 AM »
Awesome Coppersmith, Paolo!  Lots of patience! 

Nice wren Snynkka!  The black and red really stands out against the green leaves.

Revup67, really like the pose on the Bald Eagle, full extension!  Humorously, if I'm not already watching through the viewfinder, I sometimes find it hard to stop watching and get back behind the camera(and then I miss shots :( ).

Waiting for a Northern Harrier to do some passes from under a pine tree and had a little Junco stop by to say hi.  Unfortunately the Harrier never came as close as I had hoped.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3083 on: November 04, 2013, 08:58:46 AM »
Finally got a good shot of a red back fairy wren, I am pretty happy with these two shots. 70-300L at f5.6

red-back-fairy-wren by Synkka~, on Flickr

red-back-fairy-wren hidden by Synkka~, on Flickr
Nice shots! What was the distance to the bird? with a 70-300 it had to be close. How did you manage that?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3084 on: November 04, 2013, 09:04:34 AM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)
A great muse, very inspirational, love the shot :)
Thanks! This hawk made so much noise that I had to go and take pictures. He stayed in the garden for over an hour until I got too close :)

I guess he figured I was not going to harm him and flew off only after I got to within about 4 mt of him.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3085 on: November 04, 2013, 01:22:01 PM »
Waiting for a Northern Harrier to do some passes from under a pine tree and had a little Junco stop by to say hi.  Unfortunately the Harrier never came as close as I had hoped.


Beautiful colors. The background colors are perfect for the bird.  8)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3086 on: November 04, 2013, 01:53:52 PM »
Waiting for a Northern Harrier to do some passes from under a pine tree and had a little Junco stop by to say hi.  Unfortunately the Harrier never came as close as I had hoped.


Beautiful colors. The background colors are perfect for the bird.  8)
The bokeh, colors and contrast are wonderful in this image!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3087 on: November 04, 2013, 01:56:12 PM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)

Very nice RPT!  I like the lighting too!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3088 on: November 04, 2013, 01:57:36 PM »
Just the other morning...
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ISO 160
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3089 on: November 04, 2013, 03:01:39 PM »
One that I made yesterday.  Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 400, "M" metering, f7.1 @ 1/1250

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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