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  1. #1
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    Red-Winged Blackbird

    I finely got a good image of these red-winged backbirds. I have a hard time with these small balck birds.

    Frank



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  2. #2
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    Talking Bye bye, blackbird ...

    You need remote control, Frank ... just kidding ... I'm still perfecting mine ... but, it is getting closer. Still might get 150-feet of reach in under $500, total.

    The blackbird is contrast nightmare ... because of the depth of black involved. Cripes, you did well to get any at all in his feathers. I suppose you could try some select PP on him ... leaving the background untampered with.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-14-2009 at 02:22 PM.
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  3. #3
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    2nd is definitely better. The bird is better in focus, better exposed, although the post is well in focus (more so than the bird). The background is nice and smooth!
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  4. #4
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    Join the club, Frank. I've yet to get a decent pic of a Blackbird, UK style that is.
    Problem is that my garden is south facing so the sun is always behind the bird which is so skittish I can't get to the "right" side of it, short of camping at the bottom of the garden.
    What I need is Don's remote shooter.
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    Question Close enough for a look?

    Peter,

    The heavier tripod robot head is sold right in your country. I plunked down the money, last night.

    B. Hague & Co. Ltd. Mile End Road, Colwick, Nottingham, England. NG4. 2DW

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    I don't know how close you are to these guys, but that would be a cool review, if you could wander over and get a first hand look at these things. Of course, you would still require the "USB Extender" to get your reach and the full simulation.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-15-2009 at 11:43 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Peter,

    I don't know how close you are to these guys, but that would be a cool review, if you could wander over and get a first hand look at these things. Of course, you would still require the "USB Extender" to get your reach and the full simulation.
    Not so far (130 miles) that it's an issue. I should give them a call.

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