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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4740 on: March 03, 2014, 05:38:49 PM »
Raven taking the edge off an itch
I think you have a crow... The crow is much more slender than the raven and has a thinner beak.

But it is a nice picture.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4741 on: March 03, 2014, 06:38:38 PM »
Fantastic photos by everyone.

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Lovely shot Paul - well done.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4742 on: March 03, 2014, 07:06:12 PM »
 not sure what details you wanted
shot with a 1Dx 600mm  iso 400 to 600  f stop  in the 7.1 range  speed around 3000 out my truck widow 
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4743 on: March 03, 2014, 08:27:03 PM »
Very nice Garry!  Mind sharing the details?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4744 on: March 03, 2014, 08:37:45 PM »
Beautiful shots Gary.  8)  Well done.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4745 on: March 04, 2014, 03:41:10 AM »
Hi Jack.
Trying to get FoCal run on my lenses, so many hurdles, my laptop won't run it, borrowed hers while she was out, I finally got the laptop to run it, only took 90 mins to get there! Not a FoCal problem but issues with laptop on the network for licence retrieval! Next issue not light enough, not enough table lamps to bring the light up!
We sat waiting for the ferry home after a day out Saturday, I took about 2 dozen pics of gulls for practice, I think I have one keeper that is reasonably crisp, though I don't think that one is even good enough to post!
Regarding the calibration of your lens, I either read it on lens rentals or here that focus distance can have an effect on AFMA value, if they AFMA the lens in their lab at y feet and you use it at 4y feet or 1/4y feet it could have a significant effect on the value needed. I think Focal recommend 25x focal length or whatever your main shooting distance is if you know it!
By the way that is a nice picture, taken on your mobile stump I guess.

Cheers Graham.



Valvebounce, you and I are in the same boat.  It just happened that I was left some inheritance and was able to pick up the 300, so of course that opened some extra possibilities for me.  If you shoot lots then you have to get lucky at least part of the time.  That's my situation.

Do not neglect checking out your AFMA situation, in real subject shots too.  Just find a bird that sticks around and take many shots over the whole range of AFMA.  It's pretty quick and easy. That'll give you more experience actually recognizing where focus is located and should tell you if it appears to be a major negative factor.  DPP will display the focus point later as a reminder - a tripod may help.  Others may not agree but there are targets out in the woods that are nearly as good as a chart, like a little branch stub on a sloping log.

I believe with my 6D that the focus plane using secondary points does not perfectly agree with the center point.  This is showing up on full framed vertical close ups of my friend Downy.  Anyone else found this to be true??

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4746 on: March 04, 2014, 04:04:36 AM »
Hi Gary.
Beautiful pics, lovely subject, perfect.

Cheers Graham.


not sure what details you wanted
shot with a 1Dx 600mm  iso 400 to 600  f stop  in the 7.1 range  speed around 3000 out my truck widow
7D + Grip, 40D + Grip, 20D, EF-S 17-85 Kit lens, EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS II USM, EF 2x III, Sigma 150-500, Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 C, 50mm f1.8, 550EX some Filters Remotes Macro tubes Tripod heads etc!
20D, BG-E2N, 17-85mm, 50mm are pre loved. :)
(300D Saved a holiday, E-FS 18-55 Cosine 100-300 retired)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4747 on: March 04, 2014, 01:28:14 PM »
Yes Gary, any information like that is interesting/helpful.  How do you handle the 600 out the window (support??) and how far are these guys from the truck?  I understand vehicles are tolerated by a lot of wildlife, more so than a human getting out - any suggestions?  Does someone else do the driving? 

What AF mode/settings do you use for the BIF with your 1Dx?

I've just confirmed that there is a pack of wolves frequenting Elk Island park here in Alberta close to my home.  Any thoughts on how to increase my likelihood of getting a shot.  My friend saw one briefly but didn't have the right lens ready.

Thanks for sharing with people who are just learning! ;)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4748 on: March 04, 2014, 06:14:02 PM »
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Very nice shot Paul ... And welcome to CR  :)

Thanks for the welcome.

Fantastic photos by everyone.

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Lovely shot Paul - well done.

Thanks.



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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4749 on: March 04, 2014, 07:40:29 PM »
Cormorants meeting on harbour pilings.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4750 on: March 04, 2014, 07:45:44 PM »
Great shot Paul. Fantastic details.  Nicely done.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4751 on: March 04, 2014, 11:06:37 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4752 on: March 04, 2014, 11:45:36 PM »
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Great shots. Especially loved the third one. Did you shoot from a decoy? I'm thinking about ways to get closer to birds and I'll appreciate any details.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4753 on: March 04, 2014, 11:55:26 PM »
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Great shots. Especially loved the third one. Did you shoot from a decoy? I'm thinking about ways to get closer to birds and I'll appreciate any details.
  these were all shot from my truck window I use it  as a blind a lot maybe 90% 

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4754 on: March 05, 2014, 11:01:40 AM »
Paul h:  Avery good shot!

Now here's a quite ordinary one: Blue tit looking curiously up at me. Shot from the hip.
Had my 5D II with 70-300L lying at the kitchen table. A wonderful lens, btw.
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