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  1. #351
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    Blind in one eye - Cardinal

    I would not have noticed this without the long lens. But took 6 sequence shots and when looked at them on computer saw the left eye was useless. This is the 1st of the sequence where he is looking in the Trail Mix (yes, they make trail mix for birds) container with the right eye. Wife says she'll be sure he doesn't run out of trail mix
    Bill, Pentax K100D, 18-55mm, 70-300mm

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    Wren - Nest-building

    Bill, Pentax K100D, 18-55mm, 70-300mm

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    I spotted this one this evening!


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    A few to add from todays shoot. All are shot with the 70-200 f/4L on the 300d.







    Canon 5D ● Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ● Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L ● Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L ● Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ● Sigma EF-500 DG Super Flash.

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    And two more:



    Canon 5D ● Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ● Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L ● Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L ● Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ● Sigma EF-500 DG Super Flash.

  6. #356
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReValveiT
    And two more:
    All good shots. Of course, the last one of the black bird is my favorite.
    Bill, Pentax K100D, 18-55mm, 70-300mm

  7. #357
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    Gbh

    Two shots from lunchtime today at Dawson Creek Park.
    This guy was chilling in the shade until I came along...
    Caught him again after he flew to the other side of the water.



    Last edited by snowrdr; 07-18-2005 at 04:33 PM. Reason: fix typo
    -Dave
    Canon 40D | Canon XTi | 70-200mm f/4L IS | 50mm f/1.4 USM | 100mm f/2.8 Macro | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

  8. #358
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    Cardinal

    Great picture of the cardinal XOO. Can you tell me what kind of a feeder setup that you have? Looks like something packed into a tree? Just curious as I have had zero luck capturing a cardinal - very hard to capture this timid creature (at least males).

    pbt1234

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbt1234
    Great picture of the cardinal XOO. Can you tell me what kind of a feeder setup that you have? Looks like something packed into a tree? Just curious as I have had zero luck capturing a cardinal - very hard to capture this timid creature (at least males).

    pbt1234
    Yes, that is suet. Wife makes a big bowl of it about every two days. The 'tree' has been bored with about 1 inch holes to pack the suet in.

    The 'tree' is a cedar tree which I cut down and left about a length of 7 feet. Then I 'planted' it into the ground near a bedroom window...covered the window with newspaper. Cut a hole in the paper for the camera lens, put camera on tripod and lay in wait Also have a small wireless color camera ($24) pointed at the tree and monitor T.V. screen to see when action is taking place - then I assume the position!

    The stump you may have noted in shots of the bigger birds is about 16 feet from same shooting spot with camera still on tripod. For that I often also use the B-300 (1.7x) lens.

    All of that is cheating of course, but comfortable way to get the shots

    Also to sharpen the photo somewhat without sharpening all portions of it, using PaintShopPro, I split the photo into 3 channels, the H,S,& L. Then on just the L (luminous channel) give it one click of Sharpening. Then combine the 3 channels back into the one photo.
    Last edited by XOO; 07-18-2005 at 06:17 PM. Reason: Added more info
    Bill, Pentax K100D, 18-55mm, 70-300mm

  10. #360
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    techniques

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for giving us a look into your various techniques for getting these bird shots. I don't have Paint Shop Pro but find that Photoshop has a few ways of selecting certain areas of a picture to sharpen. I usually open a file that I have done everything but the sharpening. I grab the lasso selection tool, using my drawing tablet to draw around just the bird. I use unsharp mask to get more detail in the highlighted section then de-select. I then use the memory brush to clean up extraneous noise and oversharpened areas around the edges. It's a pretty quick process.

    One more spoonbill shot from Noonan's Lake.

    Scatamousche

    Last edited by scatamousche; 07-18-2005 at 07:57 PM. Reason: more explanation needed.

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