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A male reed bunting I saw from the Willow Hide at Slimbridge on a visit made over the Easter vacation.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:150.0 - 500.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 242.8 - 809.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2013 - 9:59 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Male Reed Bunting II
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:27 Apr 2013 - 11:35 AM
Tags:Glos, Reed bunting, Slimbridge, Wildfowl & wetlands trust, Wildlife / nature
Votes:70

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 11:45 AM

A beauty Ed with matching b/g. His colours are lovely - haven't seen one of these yet myself.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 3rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 12:24 PM

Great shot, Ed full of fine detail.

Ray

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 12:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A beautiful image of this rather handsome looking Reed Bunting. Just a little point to consider when capturing images from a distance using your Sigma 150-500 mm Lens. I find that when the lens is at its full focal length the images are not so crisp and sharp as they could be. I noted that this was a regular occurrence. In order to rectify this lack of sharpness I decided to knock the focal length back to around 480mm, and the results have been 100% better. Try it mate, you never know it might just be a Sigma thing, but it has continued to work for me. Furthermore because of its weight I would inevitably get some movement even on my sturdiest of Tripods. I would therefore consider increasing your ISO which will as you know allow you to increase your Shutter Speed, which if the mathematics is correct then your Shutter Speed will compensate for any slight movement in your lens, and remember to turn of the Stabilising mode on your lens.

I may be teaching you to suck eggs Ed, but I hope that you found this useful...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Last Modified By NDODS at 27 Apr 2013 - 12:51 PM

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DicksPics
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27 Apr 2013 - 12:53 PM

A lovely image of this beautiful bird, Ed!

Richard

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 1:37 PM

A well captured bird, Ed.......Sandy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 1:52 PM

Fine shot of the Reed Bunting Ed.
Ron

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44302 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 2:28 PM

A lovrely bright image, Ed. Very complementary bg, too.
Interesting comment from Nathan about that lens.

Malc

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 2:59 PM

A super capture, Ed, good catchlight in the eye. Carol

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Quoise
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27 Apr 2013 - 3:37 PM

A lovely capture

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
27 Apr 2013 - 4:15 PM

Lovely image. Well captured.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 4:32 PM

I have quite a few of these in my garden, regarding Nathans comment I found the same with my Sigma and closing down to F8 makes a big difference too. - gary

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 5:29 PM

WONderful capture, Ed. I love that smooth background and the colour too.

Very insightful comments from Nathan. That's what so great about this site.

Andrew

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JuBarney
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27 Apr 2013 - 6:36 PM

A really lovely shot
Ju

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 6:47 PM

Interesting advice from Nathan, Ed: bit a fine shot and a lot better than I would manage.
Ronnie.

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derrymaine
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27 Apr 2013 - 6:52 PM

great action shot

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 7:08 PM

A cracker Ed, love the light in this mate Smile Nice One Wink

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LynneJoyce
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27 Apr 2013 - 9:02 PM

Excellent shot. Nathan's comment about the lens will be useful for me - if I ever get around to using it!!!

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 9:03 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks and to Nathan for the invaluable advice, it is much appreciated, Ed

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mauriceegan
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27 Apr 2013 - 9:57 PM

Wonderful detailed image
Maurice

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 12:17 AM

great shot and yes, sight sometimes these lenses lack a bit. Never said a word though as you can't really help it. ( i had the same lens, bought it new from Jessops and mine was AWFUL so in the end I got the hump, sold it after having it swapped under warranty for a slightly better one... and had a manual 500 f4 ever since.)

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 12:20 AM

I've been very pleased with the results achieved by this lens, at 500mm the results are variable, some shots have been pin sharp and others haven't. As Nathan and Trev have pointed out at 475-490mm the images are generally sharp

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Badgerfred
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28 Apr 2013 - 12:29 AM

Nice one Ed,
Fred.

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