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An early morning for the birds
Posted By: vizjerei, 01-12-2009, 09:49 PM

I was hoping to see a wild owl, but I guess it wasn’t my lucky day. The snow is really thick in the park (around 8 inches, sometimes more) and I don’t think I wore the right shoes. Anyways it was mostly enjoyable and this is the first true test for my 400mm f5.6. Many more come to the park in hope that they will see the owl as I walk out the park.

All except the first photo, are taken with smc Takumar 400mm f5.6, PP to remove CA, and USM used.
















And this one is to remind you guys how cold it is here :P



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01-12-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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What an incredible series. I really love photos of birds in their natural habitat so much more than the feeder ones I take. That first show is breath taking.
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Victor, those are all beautiful images. Too many good ones to pick a favorite. Well done. Always enjoy you work. JIM
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Thanks, still lots to learn and to work on. As you see I always forgot to check all those branchs that in front of the bird :P while busying following the bird and focusing.

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Very nice images I would say, but as you admit the branches in front are slightly distracting. It does look REALLY cold up there...and I thought it was cold this morning when I woke up in North Carolina to temperatures just above freezing!

Also, the first image is awesome. Framing and timing is just spot on.

Great work.
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thanks Jim, it was ok because it wasn't windy that day. :P Or else I don't know if I can make it back Hahaha...
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Nice shots. I really like the second shot with duck set off against the reflecting water and snow. Nearly impossible to avoid branches unless you are one of those photographers who use blinds and are prepared to spend a lot of time waiting to capture the birds.

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Very nice series, nice shot of the cardinal all fluffed up for the cold weather.
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Thanks I am really thinking about getting a blind, but then I don't think it is good for taking photo of small birds as they usually come and go so fast and jumping everywhere. Maybe I should also clone out the branches with photoshop.
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Great series!
The pics captured my eyes
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Still need to train myself to do the manual focus faster too, and to nail the focus...
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As always, great shots Victor. Always enjoy your posts.
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What a great series! I specially love the first two, other are stunning too, though!
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Well done Victor the birds are very good but I like the first and last the best. Excellent.
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Thanks for the kind words, I am thinking to go there again and continue my hunt of owl. Hope the weather will be better as this week we are getting the feeling of -30c.
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