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AlanF

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I have been wanting to get a good shot of a Bearded Tit for many years now, and it finally happened yesterday. One posed for me for ages while on a hike around Rainham Marshes. I don't normally post multiple shots but here is a selection of this beaut.

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Cog

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That's quite a beautiful shot. Nothing but beautiful sharp eyes & feathers, with a smooth gradient of sky, water, and something unusually smooth & white undulating in front. Well done.
Thank you! It was rock in front, out of focus in the first place 'cause the bird was kind of hiding, and then additionally blurred in Photoshop to create this consistency of vagueness around the bird. I hope my words make sense...
 

digigal

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digigal

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I have been wanting to get a good shot of a Bearded Tit for many years now, and it finally happened yesterday. One posed for me for ages while on a hike around Rainham Marshes. I don't normally post multiple shots but here is a selection of this beaut.

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I'll try again!! Those are so beautiful. Look like an Audubon painting. Great light and poses. Just perfect.
 

ISv

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Few weeks ago I was rather exited by my first encounter of the Lesser Yellow legs (recorded specimens 1952-2016 = 94 for Oahu Island). Today almost equally bad shots (worst actually) of Ruff (1977-2012 = 30 specimens for Oahu) and I'm even more exited! I have to take some photos of the situation there with wider angle lens - just to illustrate the problems of approaching/taking photos of the birds there...

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ISv

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And few from today - very different environment (typical rain forest). Nothing rare/first time met - just the opposite but I love them: Red-billed Leiothrix and baby White-rumped Shama. Very low light (on tripod).

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I wanted to show 10 contiguous frames from a R5 8K raw video I took. On a tripod, RF 70-200mm f2.8 at f8, 1/3000", 200mm, 24 fps, almost at minimum focus distance. Since I can't process raws in my DXO Photolab yet, I converted the 8K wide frames to jpg and then cropped those little in DXO plus a little sharpening, contrast & saturation and exported as 2.5K wide to view.

I know this is nothing unusual or exotic, but at the moment for this R5 newbie not able to travel far from home due to Covid, this will have to do. I do wish Canon offered an option to only take photos within a video when it sees something appreciably moving (like a hummingbird coming into view) so that the video wouldn't have 16.5 minutes of an empty feeder with just a minute or less of hummingbird shots.
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ISv

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Thanks Click and Usern4cr! The funny thing is that all photos are from the same spot: there was a male Shama (parent I suppose) just few yards from the spot and it was pretty silent (these are smart guys, they are not afraid that much of humans and they know this by their own experience!). For difference the Leiothrix (few of them!) were screaming like I'm an alien monster and the security of the planet depends on them:)! These are very agile birds even when not agitated! In that light I got plenty of photos like the one below (should I post them in the abstracts:ROFLMAO: - don't really think so: it would be a parody of real abstract:unsure:!).

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bhf3737

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This weekend I borrowed the RF 800mm to be used with EOS R (yes, no R5/R6). I wanted to check weight, noise handling and image quality. Surprisingly it worked fine with both stationary and flying birds in a cloudy and gloomy day. No serious issue, except the minimum focus distance which is too long.
A big-horned owl and a flycatcher Yellow-rumped Warbler, both hand held at obviously 800mm and f/11.
The flycatcher Yellow-rumped Warbler was busy chasing the bugs but It seems that our owl friend liked the lens, too.:)


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AlanF

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This weekend I borrowed the RF 800mm to be used with EOS R (yes, no R5/R6). I wanted to check weight, noise handling and image quality. Surprisingly it worked fine with both stationary and flying birds in a cloudy and gloomy day. No serious issue, except the minimum focus distance which is too long.
A big-horned owl and a flycatcher Yellow-rumped Warbler, both hand held at obviously 800mm and f/11.
The flycatcher Yellow-rumped Warbler was busy chasing the bugs but It seems that our owl friend liked the lens, too.:)


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The Yellow-rumped Warbler is a fun shot as you can see the flying insect as well. It's a heroic effort getting that on an R. What shutter speed did you use? The 6m minimum focal distance does limit what you can do with it.
 

bhf3737

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The Yellow-rumped Warbler is a fun shot as you can see the flying insect as well. It's a heroic effort getting that on an R. What shutter speed did you use? The 6m minimum focal distance does limit what you can do with it.
Thanks Alan. The warbler's shot was 1/1000 sec, ISO800, sequence of 5. Actually, it was repeatedly flying and coming back to the same spot so focus was rather easy, and surprisingly the RF 800mm lens was reacting quite fast and was not clunky at all.
 
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