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Four shots from today...
Posted By: scott-devon, 10-29-2006, 07:26 PM

Two of a bluejay

And two of chickadees..

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10-30-2006, 05:19 AM   #2
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gorgeous shots. Are they unique to north america? Wren?
10-30-2006, 06:16 AM   #3
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Snow oh man I hope I have a few more weeks before i see that stuff. Nce shots, They seem a little dark.
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Lovely! They don't seem dark on my monitor...

Chickadees are my favorite wild birds, but I can't seem to get a good picture like you did.

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Wow, snow already... of course we had a brief hailstorm yesterday, along with the sun, rain, howling wind, thunder and lightning. I'm not joking! That's Maritime weather. Back on topic, though - nice shots! Love those chickadees. What camera and lens are you using? The background has an unusual texture, almost like film grain. Is that the lens, ISO, post-processing, or what? I'm amazed you got the chickadees sitting still, those are lively little guys.

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Thanks Foxglove, these were shot at 400 ISO with a Tokina 70-200 lens. The depth of field is very shallow so the background is naturally blurred. I believe the grain effect is from cropping and post processing. Interesting observation..I hadn't really taken note of it as I was concentrating on the birds when doing the processing. I will have to experiment a bit with different ISO settings and cropping to see what happens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by foxglove Quote
...I'm amazed you got the chickadees sitting still, those are lively little guys.
You said it. I watch the chickadees land on our feeder, and they're rarely there for more than 5 seconds. I can't seem to get a picture.

Scott, nice pictures. How much did you crop? I guess there is a little more noise/grain than usual, but it doesn't seem to detract. #3 is a rather iconic pose - I like that one especially. Makes me think of a tiny little panda bear on a twig.
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Check out this thread about noise reducing software. Pictures of snow creep me out! It was 70* today in Chicago. Tonight its dropping into the 30s again.

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thanks acrbill, I'll have to check that program out.

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