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Watched this pretty little bird and his mates playing and feeding in my garden this morning

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2013 - 1:51 PM
Focal Length:280mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Blue tit
Username:Robinsons Robinsons
Uploaded:18 Feb 2013 - 4:25 PM
Tags:Birds, Blue tit, Garden, General, Wildlife / nature
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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 4:33 PM

Nice Image!

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 4:46 PM

A super capture and pin sharp....John

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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 5:40 PM

i think you would have benefit from a little negative exposure compensation in order to retain the bird's white head... also would have expected greater clarity from a 5mk2 so sorry but have to disagree with our colleague above

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Robinsons
Robinsons  1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 - 6:01 PM

Thanks Guys a couple of nice encouraging comments and
philhomer thank your for you input ,i will take this on board as i learn about photographing birds . i am new to this subject so all help is appreciated .ive just looked at your portfolio ..

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Robinsons
Robinsons  1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 - 6:19 PM

Oh i wish i had the money for a 600mm lens

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p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 10:11 AM


Quote: I think you would have benefit from a little negative exposure compensation in order to retain the bird's white head... also would have expected greater clarity from a 5mk2 so sorry but have to disagree with our colleague above

Actually looks OK on my monitor. I also commend you for trying something different. You obviously have a talent and an eye for landscape photography, but we can all beneifit from trying something outside our comfort zone once in a while... bird photography is never easy, especially with limited equipment. WinkWinkWink

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philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 3:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: Oh i wish i had the money for a 600mm lens

so do i! had to sell my baby (500mm) so now using 300mm and 1.4x or 2x convertors - still bl**dy expensive but somewhat more practical

are you utilising a single focus point AF? or are you allowing your camera to choose for you by using 'all points' ? if the latter then switch to single and just ensure that the focus point is on the subject itself and wherever practical, on it's eye

if already doing this then i imagine that the slight fuzziness here could be due to cropping from a larger image?

if in doubt, cheat. Blue Tits, Robins and such will very quickly learn that you mean them no harm and are the source of food - if you cannot reach them, get them to come to you. i find the best bait are suet logs which can either be placed in specific hanging feeders or after a little encouragement in the microwave, be moulded into small logs etc

i don't know where in the country you are but if at all practical for Norwth Worcestershire then i am happy to help - or rather happy to grant access to my semi-tame birds (you probably need only this help)

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Robinsons
Robinsons  1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 7:49 PM

thank you, Peter thats very reassuring to here , i am now trying out many different subjects to try and become more roundedSmile

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Robinsons
Robinsons  1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 7:59 PM

Thank you, Phil for filling in a few spaces for me , was a bit confused but appreciated your comment , i really appreciate all of the advice that you have listed above and will try to improve from what you have said .. i am using a single point and try to use the eye,as with people but as you say i have to crop due to the short focal length i have .. i like the taming trick . i got lucky today with a very young Robin which i shall post next ,i got within 3ft of him..Grin

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 9:56 PM

Phil thanks for the useful advice re. "Baiting " birds. A subject I'd like together into in the future so some useful hints here
Steve

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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 9:25 AM

hi folks, don't mean to hijack this post but given the comments above i have shot a few images of my own set up this morning to illustrate how you might make matters easier for yourselves

http://www.ephotozine.com/user/philhomer-127886/gallery/photo/a-couple-of-birds-...

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