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Another from my rather extensive collection of blue tit images.

Added settings as requested below, but only because these are not too way out. But please remember the camera was mounted on a gitzo tripod with gimbal head which allows a lot more leeway in settings.

1/200th
f/6.3
ISO 800

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200-400mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Blue Tit
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:19 Mar 2010 - 12:45 PM
Tags:Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Lichen, Wildlife / nature
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 12:49 PM

excellent

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LukeParkinson
19 Mar 2010 - 12:51 PM

Superb

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Jalapeno
Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 12:51 PM

nice

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 12:52 PM

Lovely composition. Just started tinkering with some bird photography and now know just how difficult it is!

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
19 Mar 2010 - 12:57 PM

A beautiful shot, I must admit this little bird is one of my favourites
Mandy

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mike
mike e2 Member 9mike vcard England
19 Mar 2010 - 1:15 PM

Good capture

Michael

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:21 PM

Great perch, lovely lichen. Beautiful well composed shot.
Steve.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:32 PM

[quote]Great perch, lovely lichen. Beautiful well composed shot.
Steve.[/quote

Agree totally - excellent shot.
Ronnie.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:44 PM

superb capture x x

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:44 PM

You've gotta love a blue tit. Smile

Since you clearly know what you're doing, I wonder if it would help other members of the site if you posted your camera settings (focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO) with these shots? There a lot of bird shots on the site that don't come close to the quality of yours and I think it would be useful for people to see what sort of set-up they should be aiming for. Of course, there's much more to good photography than camera settings but it's a start, at least.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:50 PM

A beautifully capted shot
Lillian

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 1:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The problem is David that often the settings can be misleading. I shoot a lot of my images at f/4, but it is not something I would recommend unless you have top quality glass. I also shoot quite often at slow shutter speeds, e.g. 1/40th or 1/60th for the squirrels, but I understand and use correct technique to make this work. This is much slower than should be recommended for a focal length of 300mm say, so would set the wrong expectation.

I think if I did post my settings more often than not then I would do more harm than good if people tried to emulate them. A case of do as I say not as I do.

Thanks all.

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Malty
Malty  5 England
19 Mar 2010 - 1:57 PM

Great capture Cheryl - the Comp / BG / DOF & Detail are all stunning - well taken.

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
19 Mar 2010 - 2:06 PM

great shot great detail and colours and love the bg
jj

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 2:19 PM

I would have given you my UA, it is THAT good, I think.
But I don't have one available yet.

Now I have said that, you are cursed. So probably no EC or HC...Tongue

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Adderwatcher
19 Mar 2010 - 2:44 PM

Fantastic image!
Scott

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DavidWebb
DavidWebb  7 England
19 Mar 2010 - 3:30 PM

Amazing....top class. David

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 4:12 PM

That Scottish light certainly makes a difference, it is so much better and clean air Cheryl. I presume with the slow shutters you always use a remote release, that would help people some may think you dont or bypass that vital piece of equipment and the way you hold the arm over the lens unless you lock the gimbal off
Richard

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 4:16 PM

Love everything about this - pose, detail, colour (love that bg).
Joan.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 4:22 PM

I own a cable release and I use it for the rare landscapes that I take, but I never use it for nature photography. In fact I can't remember the last time I used it apart from landscapes, and so you can imagine how often it has been used. I probably should use it more, but I find it annoying. I've used it a couple of times on falconry workshops, but I actually prefer not to.

The gimbal head is rarely locked off as that would restrict too much on following the ever twitching subjects.

As you have alluded to use of your free hand to anchor the lens somewhat is part of what is required, however the squirrels are generally shot from a bean bag, but a similar technique helps here as well. I try to use faster shutter speeds where possible, so like last year with the snow, but I hate going over ISO 800 even on the D3. Maybe I need a D3s.

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 4:43 PM

Outstanding work it really is

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chase
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19 Mar 2010 - 6:09 PM

Love the perch,super detail,good pose & catchlight,well positioned in the frame.

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Kingfisher8
19 Mar 2010 - 6:35 PM

Super colour super detail and super image. well done.

Keith.

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accipiter
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19 Mar 2010 - 6:37 PM

Fine image. Whatever way it was achieved! A

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