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25/01/2014 - 7:21 PM

Lapwings in flight

Lapwings in flightNot sure Mike

The background looks a tad noisySad

At that distance, up the ISO and probably shoot at f/5.6
That way you will have achieved a far better shutter speed and reduce the sharpening

19/01/2014 - 6:11 PM

Long tailed tit

Long tailed titThey will let you get really close to them Mike

Spread some Peanut butter on the back of a perch and see what happensSmile


PS - Up the woods today for an hour and I always take the feeders down and bring them into the "hide"
That way the birds have to go where I want them to
Looked down and the L-tt's had decided to fly in and help themselves - no more than two feet away from me
17/01/2014 - 10:46 PM

Red Squirrel

Red SquirrelWhat I would say Mya, unless you feel otherwise, is to shoot in AP/AV priority and adjust accordingly to achieve a decent shutter speed

Having said that, it is a decent close up of one of the BWC's special inhabitantsSmile

Still learning - I know, I knowWink

25/11/2013 - 6:40 PM

Stan the Man No. 2

Stan the Man No. 2Stan is definitely the manSmile

Outdoors is definitely best for pet portraits, but if taken indoors I have always used a bounced flash

07/09/2013 - 7:54 PM

Barn Owl

Barn OwlPractise makes perfect Mya

One thing though!

Even hand-held you do not need the shutter speed that high, coupled with a high ISO setting

Crank down the ISO until you reach, say 1/800 shutter speed and see what happens Wink

16/07/2013 - 8:41 PM

Silver Studded Blue V

Silver Studded Blue VGood to chat this evening

IMHO your SS was just a tad to low Lou and the ISO to high
The processing has induced a touch of noise in the background

Better to have waited the extra 30 mins when the light would have improvedWink

Just my humble opinion
Probably throw a cold fish finger at me nowBlush

07/07/2013 - 7:46 PM

Marbled White I

Marbled White INot bad at all LouSmile

Perhaps a 1/3rd stop down in exposure might have assisted a tadWink

Can't fault the backdrop thoughGrin

If you are not sure, rattle a couple off at the setting you have chosen, then adjust and rattle a couple more off and compare

I can see the Twywell MW's a beckoningWink

As for your posting commentBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlush

The tea was good though

21/03/2013 - 8:20 PM

My regular robin

My regular robinSo is your technique Cathy

A lot more feather detail on this fella, than your earlier uploadsWink
Don't know how far away the twigs and branches are, but if you can get rid of the background clutter it will be a bonusGrin

Don't be afraid to have your perch(s) as close as the lens will focus - if you are in the hide the tweets won't mindBlush

06/03/2013 - 7:28 PM

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed TitThe main issue here John, is the light has reflected off the bark and took out some of the white breastSad

Also there is a tad of noise showing, which suggests a good crop, or summat similarWink

Not a put down, but good honest critigueTongue

07/12/2012 - 11:12 AM

Coal Tit

Coal TitLike the look of the angled perch, so that the bird is 90 degrees to the camera.

Due to the minimum focussing distance of the 400mm 5.6, have you thought at all, about deploying a 12 mm extension tube, to reduce it down-
Saves most of the cropping, which then saves losing detailSmile

21/01/2012 - 7:29 PM


DeeA very striking mono image Angi

One minor niggle - the bra strap I presume - makes it a wee bit untidy IMHOWink

19/03/2011 - 6:10 PM

Pan - Barn Owl

Pan - Barn OwlSorry Louise, but there is a lot of noise apparent in the background & the subject is a tad soft too.

When I looked at the EXIF data, I realised why.

The ISO could have been cranked well down, at the expense of a far to high shutter speed. 1/5000, when 1/500 would have sufficed. As it had a good crop also?
All IMHO of course. Perhaps others will say differentWink

09/03/2011 - 7:46 PM

Lovely Robin

Lovely RobinHe's a fine Robin, Len

Could have done with less on the LHS and more on the RHS though, if you get my driftSmile