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Here's my best for today. It took about 600+ shots to get a very few that were decent given the weather. LOTS of moisture in the air and everything came out icky, colors seriously muted, everything was wrong. So I was really happy to get this given these birds are pretty fast and hard to photograph with a slow camera.

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Lovely Willet flight indeed.

Gosh, coming from you, that's quite a compliment! Your photos are always wonderful!

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My best today is a Black-backed Woodpecker in El Dorado County CA:

 

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Absolutely beautiful!

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Well, I don't know if it's technically the best photo but it's definitely one of my favs of the day :)

A sweet little Eastern Phoebe hanging out by the creek, having compassion on me and posing nicely, because I hadn't gotten any really good shots of anything all day LOL :)

 

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Ok, one more really favorite...I love, love, love the bluebirds!! I know neither of my shots even compares to what some of y'all can do with a camera, but I really enjoyed seeing these pics, when I went through my shots :)

 

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Ok, one more really favorite...I love, love, love the bluebirds!! I know neither of my shots even compares to what some of y'all can do with a camera, but I really enjoyed seeing these pics, when I went through my shots :)

 

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Are you shooting with the SX50?

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I am.  I'm definitely getting some better shots, especially from far off, but I have a lot to learn yet :)

What mode are you shooting in (AV, TV, etc.)?

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What mode are you shooting in (AV, TV, etc.)?

 

Depends.  If the light is poor, or I'm shooting from dark to light (or visa versa), I use AV, which allows for a lower f-stop.  If birds are not cooperating (flitting about) and the light is sufficient, I use TV. 

 

I'm kinda confused with the color filtering that looks so unnatural on any setting except Tungsten (colors everything with a yellow-green or red wash), so I pretty much leave it on Tungsten. 

 

Have been trying to practice with different settings, like ISO and Macro (really helps with closeup, closeups!). 

 

I get frustrated, because there is only so much time in the day and shot opportunities are gone in a flash (no pun intended).  Then, after getting everything done that I need to get done outside, I come in (sometimes at the end of the day) and can't remember what settings I used for what LOL :)  Also, my eyes are so bad, that I can't really tell what the image looks like in the display when actually taking the pics, expect for the color wash when I have tried changing that. 

 

Sometimes, the moment passes before I have time to change settings.  I really need a good tri-pod or mono-pod to  help hold the camera still, but I walk around a lot (don't sit still well), so I'm not sure if it would just be a hindrance.  I guess I could use it to take down the spider webs as I walk along, instead of carrying a stick LOL :)

 

I'll keep practicing and maybe, when Summer is over, there won't be so much outside work to do and I'll have a little more time to play with it.  I downloaded a book on digital photography, but haven't really had time to look at it.

 

Any pointers gratefully accepted and hopefully remembered :)  

 

I better get out there and get the mister setup for the chickens and guineas.  It's getting HOT out there!

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I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday when I photographed it in the morning (celebrated my Mom's birthday in the evening). Like Amber's Prothonotary Warbler, this one also was cooperative. I was on a railroad alongside a swamp photographing the local eagles when this guy started hunting insects in front of me.

 

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I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday when I photographed it in the morning (celebrated my Mom's birthday in the evening). Like Amber's Prothonotary Warbler, this one also was cooperative. I was on a railroad alongside a swamp photographing the local eagles when this guy started hunting insects in front of me.

 

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Gorgeous, JimBob!

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Luck of the prepared...

 

Was taking a picture of the Trumpet Creepers thinking to myself "I think hummingbirds like these long, tubular flowers" when who shows up?  I got off three frames and this is the edited version of the best one.  If my camera wasn't already on the tripod pointed at the flowers (flowers in frame @ 500mm) I wouldn't have gotten anything...

 

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I'm gonna call this one the best of the day :)  Sometimes I wish the bird would just go ahead and fly away so I can stop taking pics LOL :)  Going through them all to decide on just a few to keep is not an easy task!  This Great Blue Heron posed for about 30 minutes today :)

 

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I'm gonna call this one the best of the day :)  Sometimes I wish the bird would just go ahead and fly away so I can stop taking pics LOL :)  Going through them all to decide on just a few to keep is not an easy task!  This Great Blue Heron posed for about 30 minutes today :)

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I know that feeling all to well, hard to ever walk away from a bird in the lens even after 250 good shots!

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Luck of the prepared...

 

Was taking a picture of the Trumpet Creepers thinking to myself "I think hummingbirds like these long, tubular flowers" when who shows up?  I got off three frames and this is the edited version of the best one.  If my camera wasn't already on the tripod pointed at the flowers (flowers in frame @ 500mm) I wouldn't have gotten anything...

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Trumpet Creepers, Unidentified Insect in Maryland

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Benjamin

Very, very nice!

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