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Birds

My 2 most adorable subjects are completely uninterested in the camera right now, so I turned to birds this week Wink Man, those suckers are FAST! No CC is necessary, but always welcome!

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There's a pair of Cardinals that have been flying around our yard the past few days. I've been trying so hard to capture them, but they're super fast! This was the best I could get, and I had to go manual focus because all the limbs were screwing it up, so it's not entirely crisp (as I'm not that great at manual focus Wink )

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Hey Stephanie, you did a great job capturing them! I tried recently and got some okay shots for a P&S, I guess, but they are HARD! I'm impressed with the quality and number of shots you got!

Even though the bird is facing away, I think my favourite is actually #1 because I like how it's just kind of hanging out on the log, looking out... makes me wonder what the bird is thinking about! I wonder if a tighter crop might work well on that one.

The bright red of the cardinal is awesome!

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"TracyF" wrote:

The bright red of the cardinal is awesome!

Yeah! That's totally why I wanted to catch them! Everything is so brown and dull, and they're so bright and pretty. It looked much better in my head LOL! I probably should have stepped outside more (I was standing in the house with the sliding doors open). The AF would have probaby worked better.

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What lens did you use? I really really really need a big zoom for my Canon. I've been birding seriously since 1996 and I STILL don't have a great zoom for bird photos Sad I've gotten a handful of decent bird photos in 15 years but if I can save up for a good one for my Canon I'll be in Heaven! Smile

Anyway, you did well! I like #2 and 3 a LOT! 4 is great too, birds in branches are SO hard, like you said. Major focusing on branches usually lol.

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I love bird photos and these are GREAT!!! Love the color in #2 - awesome, crisp focus too. I love cardinals and there are a few around here, but I've NEVER been able to catch them. Good on you for catching that guy.

TFS!
GiGi

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

What lens did you use?

I used the Canon 55-250mm. I got it for my birthday in September, and am really just now able to play around with it, since there isn't a whole lot of room indoors. I really like it so far Smile

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Nice shots! I really like #3 because it really seems to be from the robin's eye view.

I enjoy looking at everyday yard birds. Robins and cardinals are so pretty, especially when they're in breeding plumage like right now.

Amy, I wish I had a 300 or 400 mm lens, right now. The eagles that have a nest along the Potomac River, right below my office building, have a chick that's nearly ready to fledge. I got some okay shots last year, but it's impossible to get any real detail with my 55-200 mm. I'm a birder, too, but haven't done much bird photography.

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I love #3. The colours are so rich. It is gorgeous

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I love #2! Robins are so beautiful! Good job, I wish I had more birds around here...all we have are these big nasty turkey vultures that live at the top of some eucalyptus trees down the road. They poop everywhere and they scare my dog! Actually I think they're a tad bigger than my dog, so I'd be scared too! LOL

Anyway, really good job!