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04-28-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm new here and as you will find out most definitely newbish when it comes to anything photography...

I've always liked doing photography especially of wildlife and flora, but for a very long time I could only afford mediocre cameras (cheap digital camera and an old defective Minolta...) and had to deal with very limited capabilities. I had to do the best I could with what I had at the time, but I think I've managed to make a few decent shots throughout the years. But anyway, because I've never owned a decent camera I've never fully invested myself into really learning photography, but everything changed recently when I aquired a Pentax DSLR K100d Super and a 70-300mm lense.

It's really a dream come true for me... It's so great. I'm really happy with it and the shots I take with it give good results (better than anything I could've done with my older cameras anyway...), though admittedly I just leave everything to automatic and cross my finger for the pictures to come out right. This is where I'm hoping you guys can give me a hand. I mainly do bird photography, I've noticed that some shots will come out very sharp, clean and look awesome when zooming in, but another great number of them are a tad fuzzy and undefined. I don't know why that is. I use centered focusing so the focus is only on the bird and also have anti-shaking on. No, I don't have a tripod, it's the next thing to get on my list. :P I find tripods a bit cumbersome though, I don't like being stationnary too much. Anyway, I'm sure their are things I should adjust manually to get better results but I don't even know where to begin with that... Like, what should I do when taking a shot of a black bird against a blue/white-ish sky. The black always comes out too opaque and too contrasty.

Also, I'm thinking getting another lense because my 70-300mm is great for birds and animals that aren't too shy and skittish but anything seen from pretty far doesn't give much of a zoom. The thing I'm wondering is whether I should invest on a new lense or an observation scope with a camera adapter. I don't know if one or the other gives better results or if it's cheaper.

Oh and lastly, I use rechargable batteries but I seem to have a problem and I don't know if it's with the camera, the charger or the batteries themself. When I charge the batteries and then check if they are full with a little charge meter gadget it shows as full. When I put them in the camera it shows the batteries as empty... Most of my rechargable batteries do that, but when I use normal batteries everything is fine. What gives? Is there a brand that works better?

Anyway, any help or advices appreciated. And if anyone knows websites for serious beginners on bird photography, I'd gladly have a look. Thanks!

Sharp and clean ->
Fuzziness abounds! ->

04-29-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum

Just joined the DSLR crowd myself. Great photos BTW.

Just ordered the remote for my camera, I am thinking it may be useful for wildlife photography. I am planning to setup the camera with a 200mm pointed at one of my bird feeders.

As far as batteries, I use batteries from this company in my K110D. They seem to work well.

AA rechargeable battery,Ni-Mh AA rechargeable battery,Ni-Cd AA rechargeable battery, aa battery charger,
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