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My first attempt to bird photography
Lens: 300mm photo sniper Camera: k10D Photo Location: Beaverlodge ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/4000s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Stefan Caers, 12-09-2023, 08:13 PM

Here are my first attempts to bird photography. All pictures where taken with my manual focus USSR made photo sniper. The weather was fantastic creating a deep blue sky in the back ground. None of the images have been altered besides converting from RAW to JPEG. I was shooting in TAV mode to keep my attention to keeping the birds in focus.
I am hoping to be able to capture some birds in flight soon. Any suggestions for birds in flight with a manual focus 300mm lens would be very welcome.

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12-09-2023, 08:44 PM   #2
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nailed it
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Perhaps some editing would be justified. On my monitor, I cannot see the bird's eye in the first one. I think it would better if it was noticable. Just my 2-cents but otherwise nice series.
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Wow.. You nailed it .. Only minor thing I noticed was about the eye which tuco mentioned in the previous comment... But its awesome overall

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The first one is my favorite pose but yes, I noticed the eye is slightly out of focus. I am pretty new to post processing, is there anything that can be done to enhance/sharpen the eye in the first one. I am using Gimp and PhotoscapeX
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It can be hard to pick up the black eye surrounded by black feathers, its technique and lighting. A little brighter and you’ll get the eye. Birds in flight are tougher to get, especially small songbirds and their quick unpredictable flights. You might practice a bit on bigger slower birds, like vultures which soar kind of in a predictable pattern. But the little birds can be done, lots of patience. I’m not that good at it, but get some good ones once in a while using much easier autofocus lenses and multiple focus points.
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You are off to a good start. I agree with ramseybuckeye about getting the eye to show up when it is surrounded in black.


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