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Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Mar 2010 12:49PM
excellent

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LukeParkinson 6 30 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 12:51PM
Superb
Jalapeno 6 127 2 Iceland
19 Mar 2010 12:51PM
nice
vickyf Plus
10 8 8 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 12:52PM
Lovely composition. Just started tinkering with some bird photography and now know just how difficult it is!
MandsH 9 England
19 Mar 2010 12:57PM
A beautiful shot, I must admit this little bird is one of my favourites
Mandy
mike Plus
11 16 England
19 Mar 2010 1:15PM
Good capture

Michael
Great perch, lovely lichen. Beautiful well composed shot.
Steve.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
19 Mar 2010 1:32PM

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

Agree totally - excellent shot.
Ronnie.

lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 1:44PM
superb capture x x
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 1:44PM
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.
Lillian Plus
6 21 17 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 1:50PM
A beautifully capted shot
Lillian
csurry 14 9.2k 92
19 Mar 2010 1:53PM
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.
Malty 7 England
19 Mar 2010 1:57PM
Great capture Cheryl - the Comp / BG / DOF & Detail are all stunning - well taken.
19 Mar 2010 2:06PM
great shot great detail and colours and love the bg
jj
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Mar 2010 2:19PM
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
Adderwatcher 6 60 19 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 2:44PM
Fantastic image!
Scott
DavidWebb 8 3 England
19 Mar 2010 3:30PM
Amazing....top class. David
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
19 Mar 2010 4:12PM
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
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
19 Mar 2010 4:16PM
Love everything about this - pose, detail, colour (love that bg).
Joan.
csurry 14 9.2k 92
19 Mar 2010 4:22PM
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.
19 Mar 2010 4:43PM
Outstanding work it really is
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
19 Mar 2010 6:09PM
Love the perch,super detail,good pose & catchlight,well positioned in the frame.
19 Mar 2010 6:35PM
Super colour super detail and super image. well done.

Keith.
19 Mar 2010 6:37PM
Fine image. Whatever way it was achieved! A

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