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09-28-2015, 07:39 AM   #616
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Nice... The grainy look actually works pretty well for that shot.

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Crow. Since these guys are all black, it's not often I get a decent shot. Usually even if I get an eye reflection I still don't get enough detail to really tell much more than it's just another black bird...good lighting this time and he went by at an angle that worked well...



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great shot of the crow, Billy.
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Thanks that's the first good shot of a Crow I think I've ever gotten. Solid black, not much detail, unless you get the light just right it's just a black profile...

Some from the past couple of days, ducks are coming in...

These two also posted in POTW





Another flock of Blue Wing Teal, lighting didn't turn out as good...



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Some more recent shots. Some of the migratory birds are showing up, and many seem to be moving around more, both migratory and resident. I'm looking for a chance at some better shots of Herons, Egrets, Pelicans and maybe some more ducks. So far nothing suitable for public consumption...

Cormorants



Kingfisher (female, indicated by the reddish stripe across the breast)



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Only a Pentax shooter would appreciate getting good BIF shots but even a blind squirrel will find an occasional acorn. I went to Conowingo to shoot eagles and came back with hundreds of shots and a few keepers. While there I practiced BIF shooting on gulls between eagles.
I am really looking forward to the next generation of Pentax cameras with industry leading AF.C capabilities.
Here's a gull and a couple of eagle shots from the outing. The gull and second eagle were shot with K3 and Sigma 500 4.5. The first eagle was with K3 Sigma 500 and Pentax 1.4 TC
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Pelicans started showing up a week or two ago, about 60 to 70 decided to visit the local cove right behind a neighbor's house.

A few flying



Coming in for a landing



Great Blue Heron doing a flyby



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One of my first attempts for a BIF shot with a manual focus Sigma APO 5.6/400

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One of my first attempts for a BIF shot with a manual focus Sigma APO 5.6/400
Manual focus - fantastic
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I agree very nice. I do all manual too, I get more blurry than anything else...but now and then one comes out right.... Nice job on the owl, I never get a chance to even see them much less get pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RockvilleBob Quote
Manual focus - fantastic
Many thanks! When I started photography nobody even thought about AF
But, to be honest, most of my shots today I take with AF ...

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I agree very nice. I do all manual too, I get more blurry than anything else...but now and then one comes out right.... Nice job on the owl, I never get a chance to even see them much less get pictures.
Thank you! This owl I shot during a "flight show" in a sanctuary (is that the right english word??) and that helps a lot of course.
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That's a terrific owl shot Norbert! Sanctuary works as well as preserve or refuge, and probably some others.
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That's a great photo, Norbert! There are so many superb BIF shots in this thread it's an inspiration that it humbles me. Not many BIF pictures in my album, though I love birds. Most of my bird action shots are duds. But one keeps me coming back to look at it and I'm curious to know what people think of this shot:

Blackbird in Flight



This is one of the first pictures I shot when I started digital photography with a Pentax K200D and the DA 50-200mm lens, and the original was a disaster. It's a redwing blackbird taking flight from a lawn with pavement and a sidewalk in the background. The photo was blurred and overexposed and the bird's uppermost wing was chopped by the top of the frame. So I cropped it severely and when adjusting exposure with curves, that "whitened" the background. So, I added a textured layer using one of GIMP's filters. I realized that I liked the impressionistic result, but I am interested in candid opinions from others.
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The first one is a juvenile Pacific Gull.
The next few are a Silver Gull coming to land.
All taken with the DA18-135











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