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26/10/2011 - 8:06 PM

Blue Tit

Blue TitNice capture, but it's a little soft on the focus.......
Looking at the exif data your shutter speed seems to be fast enough, but i think your lens will perform better @f8 when fully extended to 500mm.
You could also try setting the metering system at centre weighted and see if that helps, you don't say if you used a tripod or if it's a handheld shot?
If it's handheld you need to adopt a good steady stance and a firm grip on that big lens to get a good sharp shot, it's not impossible to do cause i used to use a sigma 170-500 APO and all of my bird shots with that lens are handheld and are nice 'n' sharp.
If it's a tripod mounted shot did you use a remote shutter release? because if you didn't that maybe the reason why the shots a bit out of focus.
Hope this info will be helpful to you and with a bit more practice with that lens you will be capturing some pin sharp shots.

Another Robin for advice (see previous post)Hi Cyril,
Having looked through your portfolio all of your shots seem to be over saturated with the colours popping out at you a bit to much, try lowering your saturation levels a little so that images look more natural.
Your Robin images are also suffering from far to much noise because of the high ISO's that you are using, ISO1600 is a very high setting and can degrade the images quite a lot.
I mostly shoot in aperture mode @ F8 and ISO400 and i tend to get good results most of the time, i do use a Canon camera though and you may have to experiment with F-stops and ISO with your Sony till you get the desired results.
I hope this info is helpful to you and good luck with your experiments........Smile

01/11/2009 - 10:54 AM

Do I look good.

Do I look good.Its a nicely composed shot,but the focus is very soft.
You say you struggled with the lighting at the time,if you try upping the ISO in poor light this can help you keep a decent shutter speed up,which in turn will help with handheld shots to keep them in focus.
Hope you find this info helpful...............

28/02/2009 - 8:16 PM

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)Nice capture Ray,but the point of focus is on the grass just in front of the bird.
I wonder did you select the centre point of your 50Ds focusing system,if you did then you need to make sure you put the focus point on the birds eye,if you are not close enough to the bird then focus on the head,then you should get the bird in good focus.
Also try upping your ISO,to say 400,that will help keep your shutter-speeds high,which in turn will help with any camera shake that may occur.
Hope you find this info helpful........................

17/02/2009 - 10:33 PM

Garden Robin

Garden RobinNicely composed shot Jean and yes the focus is a bit flat,but with practice that will improve.
I see your using an image stabiliser lens,this should help you get nice blur free images,but upping the ISO will also keep your shutterspeeds high,which in turn will help with camera shake.
I shoot all of my bird images in A/V mode at ISO400 and handheld as well,I find these settings work well for me,you will need to experiment with these settings to find the right ones for your style of photography.
Hope you find this info helpful....................

03/08/2005 - 9:20 AM


LizardNice detail and colour.I think I would have been tempted to crop out the lighter leave's on the left of the shot, it seem's to distract from the main subject.
Great capture though seeing as there so quick off the mark,well done...