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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayaker72 View Post
    +1.....even the Hen is applauding
    Thank you sir!

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    Trying to catch song birds in flight for a hour or so this afternoon, this was the best I came up with. I find it very very hard to track their short fast fights back and forth to the bird feeders.

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    Love those last two Joel, the violet hues in the mallard wings are beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    Trying to catch song birds in flight for a hour or so this afternoon, this was the best I came up with. I find it very very hard to track their short fast fights back and forth to the bird feeders.

    1D MKIV
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    ISO 2000
    f/4.5
    1/2500
    Wow! At f/4.5 to DOF is not much to catch a fast bird in flight. At 10 feet the DOF is less that +/- 1/8" from nominal, and at 20 feet it is just over +/- 1/2". That would be hard to track. Impressive.

    The malard was very nice also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conropl View Post
    Wow! At f/4.5 to DOF is not much to catch a fast bird in flight. At 10 feet the DOF is less that +/- 1/8" from nominal, and at 20 feet it is just over +/- 1/2". That would be hard to track. Impressive.

    The malard was very nice also.
    I was trying maximize shutter speed....didn't really stop to calculate the DOF....just another factor explaining why it's so hard to get focused on a small bird flying at close range!

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    Haven't been shooting a lot lately. This typically happens during the school year. However, spring break starts this evening and I'm driving to SE Louisiana. Hopefully I'll be posting some decent pictures in a week or so. Until then, here is a Common Grackle. My backyard is flooded and there are 100s of Grackles hanging out. This one was eye-balling me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsiegel5151 View Post
    Haven't been shooting a lot lately. This typically happens during the school year. However, spring break starts this evening and I'm driving to SE Louisiana. Hopefully I'll be posting some decent pictures in a week or so. Until then, here is a Common Grackle. My backyard is flooded and there are 100s of Grackles hanging out. This one was eye-balling me.
    These are a common species but you don't see alot of images of them, they have very nice iridescent colos and I love the bright yellow eye!

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    I am continuing to process some duck images I took about 2 weeks ago....was at a city park where the birds will get very close....I wonder what happened to this Mallards bill?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    These are a common species but you don't see alot of images of them, they have very nice iridescent colos and I love the bright yellow eye!
    Yeah, I'd like to shoot some more Grackles once I get a better lighting setup (i.e., the better beamer you suggested and/or some wireless triggers). They can be very pretty birds. Unfortunately, I had about the worst lighting conditions to work with this morning. I didn't have time to shoot this morning before I had to teach for the sun to get far enough over my house to light up my feeders. So the backlighting was a little too much and I had to use iso settings that I feel are unacceptable for the 40D just to get 1/250s. Hopefully we get more rain this year and I continue to have a bunch visit my flooded yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsiegel5151 View Post
    Yeah, I'd like to shoot some more Grackles once I get a better lighting setup (i.e., the better beamer you suggested and/or some wireless triggers).
    Love the Better Beamer ... probably the best "bang for the buck" accessory I have ever seen...it's magical.

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