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jrista

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5370 on: May 04, 2014, 02:58:33 AM »
I for one would love to try "behavioral camo" sometimes: pretending to be part of the environment, appearing uninterested in the subject, slowly moving close, etc.

Or, instead of pretending...you could ACTUALLY become part of the environment! :P



Ghillie Suits FTW!

I am actually in the process of making one of these...I have an old super-cheap net and leaf camo suit that I'm tying frayed yarn strands into....greens, browns, tans. I'm also planning on tying in some of the dried grass straw from Cherry Creek and some of the other parks around that I photograph at. It's primarily to see if it helps me get some better shots of the Kingfishers, which are notoriously difficult birds to shoot...they get all uppity when I'm around, and will only fish when they actually see me leave. I figure, if I can sneak in like a literal bush, maybe they'll get down to business and start fishin in front of my lens! :D
If you get that suit, make sure you get someone to take a picture you can share with us:)

Indeed! For a really good ghillie suit, you usually have to make them. The simplest way is to just take some burlap, cut it up and sew it into a basic poncho and chaps. The big threads of the burlap make it easy to tie frayed yarn and/or shredded strips of fabric to. If my attempt to use my net suit doesn't work, I have some burlap that I was using as a backdrop in my yard to cover the slatted nature of my fence (my fence makes for a really crappy background in my bird photos). I have like four sheets of this camo burlap which I think will make an ideal base for a ghillie suit.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5370 on: May 04, 2014, 02:58:33 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5371 on: May 04, 2014, 03:04:44 AM »
Blue-Winged Teal Headshot

Another headshot. This time of a blue-winged teal. Really just love the mottled golden feathers these beauties have. This shot came out a bit darker than the rest, but the angle of the light on it's head just brought out the iridescent feathers and it's eye so much better.

This is one of those shots that brings out the worst of the 7D. It's a moderately heavy crop, definitely not the heaviest by a long shot, but heavier than I generally prefer. It's sharp, but it's also noisy. That's especially evident in the background...I even used a 0.8 radius for sharpening in LR (which helps reduce the graininess of noise), and the OOF background is still too noisy. I wasn't exactly reach limited here (the bird was quite large in the frame overall, this is a heavier crop for the head), so a full-frame camera with a 1.4x TC would have done a lot better...more total light, bigger pixels, more DR...so less noise. Really can't wait to get my hands on a 5D III.

Blue-Winged Teal, Male
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5372 on: May 04, 2014, 08:49:25 AM »
Eastern Spinebill. Winter approaches. The Correas are in flower and the spinebills are back :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5373 on: May 04, 2014, 10:09:12 AM »
Nuthatch, walking down a thick branch.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5374 on: May 04, 2014, 03:30:19 PM »
Chaffinch's afternoon snack. 5DIII, 300mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC III, f/5.6 iso 640 1/1600. 100% crop.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5375 on: May 04, 2014, 04:14:51 PM »
Same nuthatch, a little later in the day, when the light had improved.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5376 on: May 04, 2014, 05:13:36 PM »
Greenfinch, 5DIII 300mm f/2.8 + 2xTC @600mm f/5.6.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5376 on: May 04, 2014, 05:13:36 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5377 on: May 04, 2014, 05:18:11 PM »
Very nice shots Alan. Well done.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5378 on: May 04, 2014, 06:33:06 PM »
Very nice shots Alan. Well done.
Thanks!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5379 on: May 04, 2014, 08:55:06 PM »
Willet


Killdeer

Beautiful shots jrista. 8) I really like this first Killdeer shot. Well done Sir!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5380 on: May 04, 2014, 10:32:56 PM »
I haven't posted anything in a while so here's one that I took this afternoon.  Female Wood Duck.  Much less colorful than the male but I think subtly beautiful nevertheless. 

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5381 on: May 04, 2014, 10:37:44 PM »
Great shots, everyone! Some really good work is showing up on here these days. Alan, love that last shot with the Greenfinch...the way his head is cocked is great!

Click, thanks! I like that first Killdeer shot, too. Hopefully I'll be able to get some better ones as spring rolls on...those were my first shorebird shots of the year, and killdeer...well, sometimes they kinda make you wanna kill a deer...just because you gotta kill something...with their antics. :P

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5382 on: May 05, 2014, 05:14:04 AM »
Took these colorful test shots with my EF 300mm IS L II:











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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5383 on: May 05, 2014, 07:12:29 AM »
Juvenile Peregrine...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5384 on: May 05, 2014, 11:45:54 AM »
Maiaibing, LOVE the color in those shots! So rich!

Radagast, phenomenal detail! Such a beautiful bird.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5384 on: May 05, 2014, 11:45:54 AM »