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  1. #691
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    Darrell,

    I thought that #3 was milkweed. It initially reminded me of drifting smoke. Even as an abstract I think different cropping might work better. I feel the in focus portion is to centered. The wispy part above the in focus bit might make a good lead in if most of the left side of the image were eliminated.

  2. #692
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtk View Post
    Thanks for the feedback again, guys.

    Don, the bards were flitting too damn fast for the tripod. And my limited finances preclude me from any more "investing" in this hobby any time soon.
    One thing you can get that's fairly cheap is a monopod. Not as good as a tripod for longer shots, but certainly better than handheld. You can get a reasonable monopod for under $20, just don't expect it be anything special.
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  3. #693
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    Haha, I'm just now noticing that I typed "the bards" were flitting around instead of the birds. Wow, that takes on a whole new meaning.

    @ jekostas: I've never really given serious consideration to the monopod. Being in the infancy of my dedication to photography, I don't trust myself to be able to stabilitize it properly -- I'm sure I'll come to a point someday where I'll feel the need to have a mono- as well as a tri-.

    @ kgosden: thanks, I'll play around with the cropping and see what different kinds of effects I come up with.

  4. #694
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtk View Post
    Raven: the third is milkweed. I know it's not abundantly obvious, but I've found that I don't always want the gorgeous, crisply presented flower -- I tend to just as much like things like the split open milkweed, with the last of its wispy seedlings barely clinging to it.

    I guess I like the abstraction of it, the "what the hell is that?" factor, if it's a compelling image.

    Thanks, as always, for your input.

    ~ Darrell
    I guess I got the concept, and really liked the smoky, swirling look, but as with kgosden I didn't get the composition.

  5. #695
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    A mallard I was lucky enough to catch behind the spillway at Jordan Lake here in North Carolina. I love my new lens!
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  6. #696
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    Good timing.

    A few more. All with E-410 and 25mm pancake, f/5.6, I think.
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  7. #697
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    @ builder: Nice catch.

    @ raven: I especially like the first two.

    I gotta get out on this beautiful day and shoot some.

    Here's one, straight out-of-camera; only resized for this forum. All C&C welcome. [Yes, this is from the higher ISO batch, so there is some grain.]
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  8. #698
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    Alrighty, finally had a chance to go out and do a little shooting.

    1 is a chickadee, 2 is a northern flicker (not a great pic, very severe crop, sorry), and the other two, I don't know, actually.
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  9. #699
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    Also, just a touch more fall colour.
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  10. #700
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    Female downy woodpecker at the suet feeder...



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