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    Glad you liked it Denise. Since I didn't have any post processing to do, I thought I would use that time for other artistic endeavors----well, sorta.
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    IMG_7776 by Denise Trocio, on Flickr


    IMG_7792 by Denise Trocio, on Flickr

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    Poor poor Bob.
    Although, if it were me in that situation, my missus would be the one writing the poetry (seeing as she's the poet anyway).
    Will a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets cheer you up?
    On the balcony at my cousin's place for xmas eve bbq in 37 degree heat, these guys can eat out of your hand if you're lucky but they still didn't like the idea of a lens in their face.
    7D, 70-300L @ 146mm f/5 iso500, trying out my new Hoya HRT CPL (although there wasn't much sun to make it useful).
    Tried something different this time, processed to 'Neutral' with sharpness 4 and NR 1/1, then rotated in GIMP to get better cropping (the bird feeder looks ugly), copy/pasted in a bit at the top right hand corner, smudged it all around, then fuzzy-selected the background for a 2pixel guassian-blur for noise reduction twice (that way, the birds are 'noisier', but you can see more detail in the feathers).
    (and then this site is going to blur it up a bit when I upload it, so maybe i'll find a flickr account to use and edit this later)
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    OK, me trying smugmug linkage:
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    And i'll try another shot, with the Pentacon Six-mount Zeiss Sonnar 180/2.8 @ f/2.8 or so, 1/400s iso400. Background blurs so much nicer with this lens, although it does need a bit more contrast/sat in pp.
    Again with the Neutral, 0 NR, 4 sharpening, and fuzzy-select 2pixel gausian blur twice to de-noise the background, I think I might stick with this method for a while...



    (trying an 1800x1200 photo this time, normally the ones I upload here are 900x600)
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    Poor poor Bob
    Thanks Dr. C, and Yes it did---I love these birds
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob williams View Post
    A day NOT for birding: Hopefully, I am not the only absent minded birder out there . So let me tell you my story.

    The day after Christmas, not much going on,

    My wife and I packed up just after dawn.
    The roads were clear and the snow was deep
    I thought this could offer some photos to keep

    After 70 miles of ice and snow
    The man at the gate said "sorry, were closed"
    Disappointed I was, no entry today
    after all of this driving and nowhere to play

    I soon realized with all of my load
    I could pull over and shoot from the road
    So I slowed my truck and pulled to the right
    When I saw a Redtail Hawk in perfect light

    I quietly exited so not to disturb
    pulled out my tripod and walked to the curb
    I opened my box and to my dismay
    I realized the camera, in my house still lay

    Not all is lost as I thought to my self
    my back-up is here and not on the shelf
    So I mounted my lens and prepared to do battle
    with this bird in the tree I have yet to rattle

    As I held my camera with the settings just right
    I aimed at the bird in the perfect light
    with the view before me, I was enthralled
    until I realized... NO CARD INSTALLED

    I have lots of cards and memory and such
    but not in this box and not in this truck.
    so I packed up my stuff and headed to town
    with nothing to show but a grimacing frown

    My wife kept quiet so no to offend
    but I could see her smirking deep within.
    I knew my loving wife couldn't leave it alone
    She called all her friends on the long ride home

    So take it from me, these lessons learned
    take all your gear but leave your wife at home.
    Wow, awesome prose....an all too familiar theme, it is very difficult to keep up with all the small pieces of stuff required for digital photography. This has probably happened to all of us at some time or another.

    I was in my blind a few days ago and a Red Tailed Hawk landed in a tree about 60 yards away but in a perfect spot. The first time I have ever seen one land in the back yard! I was set up with my 500 and the 1.4 converter but I had the focus range set to the middle setting....of course I couldn't auto focus at 60 yds...so I quickly manually focused to get it close then I reached to change the focus range switch but turned off the Auto focus instead....so I got a perfectly posed Red Tailed Hawk in good light that is blurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    so I got a perfectly posed Red Tailed Hawk in good light that is blurry.
    Last year I went to my first polo match and was really excited to take photos. Those horses are amazing, and stopping them in action is kind of like stopping a lineman in action on a football field. I then proceeded to shoot the whole afternoon at ISO 2500, so I have some nice grainy shots that I could never enlarge! I even remember wondering how there could be so much light that the shutter was firing at 1/4000 and even 1/8000. Duh.

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    Bird merge. This is a merger of 24 images shot a few seconds apart. Lots of bird activity at the feeder today. One thing that struck me when I was merging these images was how the birds seem to have favorite roosting spots. The areas that have birds in this image actually had lots of birds that would have overlapped, whereas the areas with no birds simply had no birds landing there for the whole span of time.


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