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  1. #1571
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    Thank you for the kind comments Geoff. We are very spoilt especially with the colours that the birds display and the fact that they are not too wary of people.
    Kind regards
    Tony

  2. #1572
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    so nice to see australian birds in there own habitat. sadly the only time we see birds as amazingly coloured and exotic, to us in the uk, is in a zoo. very nice.
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  3. #1573
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    Thank you Allan. Yes it is a pity to see them cooped up in a little cage. Much nicer to see them free. My next challenge is to get some shots of them actually on the wing. Landing or taking off - I don't care, I am just determined to do it with my trusty Fuji S5700.
    Cheers
    Tony
    Current; Pentax K200D w/ - Pentax DA 18 - 55mm Zoom and Sigma 70 - 300mm APO Zoom,
    Wide Angle/Close Up Lens, Assd Filters

    Previous; Fuji S9600, Fuji Finepix 2800 Zoom.
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  4. #1574
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    I rarely post bird photos - but there were some in our tree eating the fat balls we
    placed so I reached for the Sigma 70 - 300 (105 - 400 equiv) but they were all
    moving around too fast for a nice clean shot - also they were a touch too far away -
    then I spotted this one on the fence...

    Not so colourfull - but thats about all we have!!

    (Sigma 70 - 300 not too shabby at 300mm, f5.6, 80th sec
    held very steady agains the door frame)
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    Last edited by Geoff Chandler; 01-18-2008 at 04:24 PM.
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  5. #1575
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    ~ Actually when I took the shot I had left the camera under exposing a tad - so I decided to take it again - but while i was fiddling it flew away
    So I decided to slightly brighten it and increase the contrast as that was also set low!
    Top pic is the orig (actually quite natural but dull)
    2nd pic is possibly the most accurate - I fine tuned the colours a tiny bit.
    3rd pic is the one I posted brighter and with the shadows darkened (more contrast);
    But - I think I like the 3rd one best anyway
    What does anyone else think?? comments very welcome
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
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  6. #1576
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    Hey Tony

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Growden View Post
    Thank you Allan. Yes it is a pity to see them cooped up in a little cage. Much nicer to see them free. My next challenge is to get some shots of them actually on the wing. Landing or taking off - I don't care, I am just determined to do it with my trusty Fuji S5700.
    Cheers
    Tony
    Looks like you like Fuji cameras as much as me, their colors are much more vivid. Have you tried out the s8000 and it's mega 18x zoom? It's great for wildlife although I haven't done much myself. I agree with you about cages, at the Dallas zoo, there are two beautiful American Eagles locked up in such a small space, it's a crime to me as they're know to fly over wide open spaces like mountains and valleys,
    Cameras Make Pictures,People Create Them
    Having A Blast With My Pentax K200D" and Fuji E-550

  7. #1577
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    Hi Barry. You are especially right about the Bald Eagles being cooped up like that. What a shame.
    Yes I love my Fuji's but I haven't had the opportunity to try the 8000 yet. Mind you I have a Fuji 9600 sitting here and I haven't had time to even use it yet. Too busy at work. A couple more weeks and look out.
    Regards
    Tony
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    Previous; Fuji S9600, Fuji Finepix 2800 Zoom.
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  8. #1578
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    thats a nice shot of the thrush geoff especially at 300mm. our birds aren't so colourfull but they definitely have a beauty all of their own.
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  9. #1579
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    here are a couple i took during summer. out my bedroom window. with my S3. hard to get any now. because the window keeps fogging up, lol



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  10. #1580
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    You did well - through a window is not ideal, so well done!!
    We must ask these birds to stay still when we're taking our photos!!

    Worth a little play though - hope you don't mind...
    Little bit of a crop to remove the window frame and a bit of the grass to the left
    Slight tweek in curves to darken particularly the shade to give a bit more contrast
    Tiny little less blue
    A touch of unsharp mask
    This is how it looks then: -
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    Last edited by Geoff Chandler; 01-19-2008 at 03:36 PM.
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

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