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Another attempt at shooting ( obviously not literally ! ) birds from my living room window.

Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced lens that would give better results ? The one I'm using is a canon efs 90-300mm so it's not exactly cheap and nasty but I feel my photographs are missing a certain something when I see other peoples' work on EPZ.



Many thanks for looking and any advice that you can give.


Jane

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:90-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Blue Tit
Username:JanieB43 JanieB43
Uploaded:31 Oct 2008 - 9:24 AM
Tags:Bird, Blue tit, Branch, Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature, Window
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ringyneck
ringyneck  7304 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2008 - 9:32 AM

Well Jane as most use these cameras and lenses you should get the right feed-back...but one thing I will say is your lens is better than my kit Oly.
This is suffering from shooting through the window and slightly out of focus/sharpness.It's a long and winding learning curve ...and then there's the processing...an whole different ball game.

keioth

Last Modified By ringyneck at 31 Oct 2008 - 9:32 AM

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 - 10:20 AM

grear attempt janie,i agree with ringyneck shooting through a window wont help.ray

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motorsportpictures

nice photograph, u should have gone out instead of shooting through the window..
scott

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JanieB43
JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2008 - 6:29 PM


Quote: Nice photograph, u should have gone out instead of shooting through the window..
scott

Yep, I know I should but the little beggars fly away when I do that,so it's either hide behind the curtains or just have a blurred view of flapping wings and scattered seed !!! Gonna build a hide in my garden if I can get planning permission from my other half. LOL.

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andy210966
31 Oct 2008 - 7:12 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Jane

As above regarding the window. You might get sharper shots if you increase the ISO, which will afford you a faster shutter speed and hence reduce the blur. Shooting in RAW will give you better processing power to enhance colour etc. At this time of year the birds will come flocking to your garden if you coax them in with some seed - they will get quite brave even if you are in the garden with them so long as you keep a reasonable distace from them.

A good shot which shows a lot of potential for the future - keep clicking away and have fun experiment with your camera settings.

Andy Wink

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2008 - 9:22 AM

Hi Jane, you've got some sound addvice here, since i started shooting in raw the difference is amazing. i started sitting in my garden day after day and the tit's, robins, blackbird did start to get use to me, only the finch's that would'nt come near.
have fun and keep trying different settings, you will soon get there


marc

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JanieB43
JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 9:26 AM


Quote: Hi Jane, you've got some sound addvice here, since i started shooting in raw the difference is amazing. i started sitting in my garden day after day and the tit's, robins, blackbird did start to get use to me, only the finch's that would'nt come near.
have fun and keep trying different settings, you will soon get there


marc

Thanks Marc,
It's lovely that people are so helpful on this site. I'm sure I'll be spending lots of time motionless in my garden to get these pesky birds !! Thanks for vote also.

Regards
Jane

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 10:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yes, Jane, shooting through a window doesn't produce the best results. What I would do (if you can't open the window) would be to shoot on manual focus so the glass doesn't confuse the autofocus, and boosting the contrast & saturation helps in these instances. Nicely captured, however!
TrevB Smile

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JanieB43
JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 10:42 AM


Quote: Yes, Jane, shooting through a window doesn't produce the best results. What I would do (if you can't open the window) would be to shoot on manual focus so the glass doesn't confuse the autofocus, and boosting the contrast & saturation helps in these instances. Nicely captured, however!
TrevB Smile

Thanks Trev, I've tried this already I think and I agree it does help somewhat specially as I've got leaded panes so I really need to play about a bit to get rid of the lines !!!

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