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Posted By: Rense, 12-21-2009, 05:40 AM

Shot these with the catch in focus on the K20d. It allows me to get closer to the birds than would be possible normally, just because I am scary, and the tripod + camera isn't, obviously....






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I've got two words...Picture Perfect!!!
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I feel that the second one is underexposed by about 1/3 stop, but the first one is just great! Awesome sharp and vibrant capture of a small creature.

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Nice captures Rense. Sharp.
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Thank you Jan!

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Nuno, it's much appreciated, especially comming from you!

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I feel that the second one is underexposed by about 1/3 stop, but the first one is just great! Awesome sharp and vibrant capture of a small creature.
Yes, you are right. It was an attempt to get rid of the highlighted snow... Posted another attempt in the POTW... And thanks for your kind words !
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Nicely done Rense. JIM
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Stunning shots! Way to go.

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Rense, the image you are showing have any crop ? or it's just resized for web??
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Rense, the image you are showing have any crop ? or it's just resized for web??
Nuno, it's cropped, and also resized for showing here. The crop is about 50% in hight and width.... Why?
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Nuno, it's cropped, and also resized for showing here. The crop is about 50% in hight and width.... Why?
I see.

I asked because I think this is the first time I see a bird image from you so I asked to see if I could share some info or if it was not needed.
I really don't “keep” images with more then 20 or 30% crop, at the most.

When I was starting shooting again (September 2008) and did no birding at all, I started to try it with another friend that started doing birding a few months earlier. Almost 1 year earlier.

The point is that the first thing I could learn from him was not to “keep” images with more then 20/30 % crop. Why ? On his gallery, there was a bird image that one Environmental Association wanted to purchase the rights, for web, book, exposition, printing and outdoors marketing. Point is, it was a cropped image so as we say here "no deal" and "no money".

My point is always try to shoot thinking about an image of 100% or close enough keeping in mind you might get printed some day (30 % crop at the most for k20/k7). (For the images I see from you will be pretty soon )
So, when one gets a better image concerning 100%, last one goes to the “seconds” computer directory.

(Check my PPG, only three of the bird images are cropped - the initial ones I took while learning since these days I don't do crop anymore, I try to get closer and exercise myself as a challenge)

For the catch in focus on trees try to get the camera camouflage and closer, if it's on shop down trees/trunks, use a wide angle instead and of course, get camera right next to it.

Hope you like the info. For me it was useful.

(Now, go outside and get another one at 100% )
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Rense, send this one to PPG. Will get in for sure
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Nuno, great info, thanks. I will try tomorrow again (now it's dark )!
Thanks again!
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Rense,

These are great, no matter how you got them....LOL.

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Nice captures Rense. Sharp.
Thanks Susan!

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Nicely done Rense. JIM
Thank you Jim, much appreciated!

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Stunning shots! Way to go.
Thank you Scott! It's really easy with the catch in focus of the camera and a cable release....
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