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Blue Tit

By JanieB43  
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

Tags: General Window Bird Branch Blue tit Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: ringyneck, BERTRAM, raygregson and 5 more


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ringyneck 10 315 18 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 9:32AM
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

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grear attempt janie,i agree with ringyneck shooting through a window wont help.ray
31 Oct 2008 11:19AM
nice photograph, u should have gone out instead of shooting through the window..
scott
JanieB43 8 47 6 England
31 Oct 2008 6:29PM

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.
andy210966 9 4 119 Wales
31 Oct 2008 7:12PM
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
sunshot 11 24 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2008 9:22AM
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
JanieB43 8 47 6 England
1 Nov 2008 9:26AM

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
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
1 Nov 2008 10:11AM
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
JanieB43 8 47 6 England
1 Nov 2008 10:42AM

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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