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02-13-2014, 04:29 PM   #11191
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Wow, that is stunning.
Plus one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Wow, that is stunning.
QuoteOriginally posted by dane.dawg Quote
Plus one.
Plus two!
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Traderdrew: I wanted to add a bit to my quick comment. We see outstanding work here, and I know the effort that goes into getting close, the hours and persistence involved, as well as the ability to get the shot when it appears. Not to diminish what anyone shows in any way, but that is one of the most technically excellent shots I've seen. To catch this bird in flight, the speeds it flies, with exposure and focus right on, and to capture the stunning presentation. Great shot.
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Derek, that is well said. I support your analysis 100%. Any red wings I have caught in flight have been little blobs way out there somewhere.

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Ken, lovely Black-headed Munia.

Frogfish, your White Rumped Munia set is beautiful.

Andrew, I second all the positive comments. Your Red-winged Blackbird in flight is unbelievable! Congratulations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Traderdrew: I wanted to add a bit to my quick comment. We see outstanding work here, and I know the effort that goes into getting close, the hours and persistence involved, as well as the ability to get the shot when it appears. Not to diminish what anyone shows in any way, but that is one of the most technically excellent shots I've seen. To catch this bird in flight, the speeds it flies, with exposure and focus right on, and to capture the stunning presentation. Great shot.
Thanks Everyone! I just wanted to clarify something. I didn't fill the frame. I cropped most of the photo off. The K-3 coupled with the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 has nice cropping power. Dropping the AA filter gives the shots better details.

I used Topaz Desoise to get rid of some of the noise and I did that by turning the shadows slider to one side for more aggressive noise reduction in darker areas.

I filled the frame with a Hooded Merganser a couple of weeks ago and the dark areas of that bird had great details on (both the light and dark areas) and no noise.

I met the man who designed Lens Align out there at the Viera Wetlands where have been spending some time lately. I almost reacted to him like he was a celebrity. I recommend Lens Align but it takes time to align a 500mm lens. He was trying to give me tips on how to cut that time down.
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A different kind of bird, taken from the roof of our terminal building. Cold and very windy. 55-300 WR @300mm.

Tony

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Very cool @TonyTurley!

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QuoteOriginally posted by traderdrew Quote
Thanks Everyone! I just wanted to clarify something. I didn't fill the frame. I cropped most of the photo off. The K-3 coupled with the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 has nice cropping power. Dropping the AA filter gives the shots better details.

I used Topaz Desoise to get rid of some of the noise and I did that by turning the shadows slider to one side for more aggressive noise reduction in darker areas.

I filled the frame with a Hooded Merganser a couple of weeks ago and the dark areas of that bird had great details on (both the light and dark areas) and no noise.

I met the man who designed Lens Align out there at the Viera Wetlands where have been spending some time lately. I almost reacted to him like he was a celebrity. I recommend Lens Align but it takes time to align a 500mm lens. He was trying to give me tips on how to cut that time down.
i couldn't find the exif info...can you tell us how you did it..it's beautiful!!!
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Blackbird season is almost here and I have spent about a month and a half every season for the past three years trying to get Blackbird BIF shots.
So many hours going to the trash bin.
Seeing Drews photo [which is one of the best, if not the best I have ever seen] gives me hope this season.
This is the best Blackbird shot I have gotten and with a lot of luck and the K-3, 2014 should be a great year.
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i'll take the plunge since these are a hard act to follow and we got to start somewhere



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Beautiful! What a bizarre species of duck!
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Beautiful! What a bizarre species of duck!
rob it's a hooded merganser
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rob it's a hooded merganser
Thanks, I suspected it was a Merganser species after seeing one in Japan. Well, actually the one in japan was a Goosander but close enough!
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QuoteOriginally posted by littledrawe Quote
Very cool @TonyTurley!
Thanks.

---------- Post added 02-14-14 at 09:32 PM ----------

Guys, your Blackbird and Merganser pics are outstanding.

Tony
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