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« Reply #4440 on: February 05, 2014, 10:52:28 PM »
Jrista, as always a source of encouragement!

Something that I got, by going with the old chair base, is very free rotation.  I just reach out and it spins with a finger.  Having 5 props around the main stump allows quite a bit of versatility to the background.  I did add the dead birch a few days back.

For anyone else, this prop was purely an experiment and I can tell you that midway through I felt discouraged because it was a couple of pretty intense days of construction without a clue whether the final result would be satisfactory - especially the 5 bedsprings held by 3 wire circles (surplus welding wire thrown out by your "typical government funded institution").

If your're tempted to do something vaguely similar go for it as I'll bet you'll be thrilled.  I roll mine out of the way to clean the deck and roll it east or west to shoot depending on time of day etc.  Happy as a lark!  ;)

If only the birds were as excited and would tell their friends!!  But, I was visited by an angel. :)

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« Reply #4441 on: February 06, 2014, 01:22:37 AM »
Jack, I'm sure you have posted an image or two of your rig. But could you do me the favor of reposting. I'm thinking of building something similar and all good ideas would be most welcome.
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« Reply #4442 on: February 06, 2014, 01:52:35 AM »
Eldar, no problem.  Tomorrow I'll take a few shots, more detailed, and post them as smaller files so that everything is obvious.  Then anyone that wishes can ask questions or even make suggestions for improvements.  jrista has me interested in a positioning arm that could hold different props horizontally in front of the log and be adjustable.  Keep your eyes open for a rotten woodpecker drilled out stump, as the birds love it.

This is getting a little personal here but, I had those bed springs because my son moved out and I tore his bed apart not wanting to wait until spring when I had my truck to haul it away - funny I looked at the springs and said, hmm these seem useful for something, but I have about 50 of them. :o.  Anyway, the springs actually work pretty good with the nuts welded above.  :-[

Actually, the whole thing could be done in wood if a person just gave it careful thought, but it's hard to beat the old chair for a base.  It's actually quite light too.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4443 on: February 06, 2014, 02:54:56 AM »
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« Reply #4444 on: February 06, 2014, 03:21:44 AM »
Pic also on EF400 thread but love to share it with my birder friends :)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4445 on: February 06, 2014, 05:12:47 AM »
Spotted Towhee

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Magnificent sir! ... didn't know that the 70-300 L takes the 1.4x TC ... is that a  Kenko TC or Canon?


Must be the Kenko. The 70-300L does not support the Canon ext.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4446 on: February 06, 2014, 09:50:53 AM »
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« Reply #4447 on: February 06, 2014, 10:39:12 AM »
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Wow, great shot!  At first this appears backlit, but on closer look it appears to be just shy of edge-on (ie. sun almost right in the heron's face).  Did you use any fill, or is it all natural light?  The "dark side" looks clean and sharp.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4448 on: February 06, 2014, 10:47:28 AM »
Great Blue Heron

Wow, great shot!  At first this appears backlit, but on closer look it appears to be just shy of edge-on (ie. sun almost right in the heron's face).  Did you use any fill, or is it all natural light?  The "dark side" looks clean and sharp.

Thanks very much! This was all natural light no fill flash. The heron was lit by upper right, back, sunset lighting. It was shot as a jpeg with minimal post processing.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4449 on: February 06, 2014, 12:24:32 PM »
Phil L,
I love the heron photo, too.  Great lighting, just not some lighting anyone gets all the time.  Great catch on light and subject!
Beautiful!
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« Reply #4450 on: February 06, 2014, 12:50:36 PM »
Phil L,
I love the heron photo, too.  Great lighting, just not some lighting anyone gets all the time.  Great catch on light and subject!
Beautiful!
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I appreciate that very much, thank you!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4451 on: February 06, 2014, 01:55:41 PM »
Here are the pics I promised on the feeder/prop.  Private email is fine for specifics or if it seems appropriate, perhaps here in this thread, although it is for bird portraits - right.  Not a problem for me either way.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4452 on: February 06, 2014, 04:47:53 PM »
This morning was -27C and I saw the first Robin of Spring... WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!!!! IT'S FEBRUARY!!!!! GO BACK SOUTH!!!!

Shot with SX-50 zoomed all the way out...

<EDIT> Got home and cleaned up the shot in Lightroom... second picture...
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« Reply #4453 on: February 06, 2014, 06:01:07 PM »
Boy Don, you got that right.  He must have been listening to David Suzuki on global warming. ;)

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« Reply #4454 on: February 06, 2014, 08:15:43 PM »
French kiss anyone? :)

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