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Those "Almost" Good Shots!!

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Thanks! But it's too soft and "watercolor-esque" to meet my "standards" as a general rule. Kinda artsie though. ;)

We're playing a different game though. You're going for the Big Numbers - you can't afford to spend the time on any one single bird that I can. If it takes seven hours - it takes seven hours. If it takes a day, a week, a month - [shrug] - that's what it takes. My game is different. You get to _see_ more birds than I do, and I do envy you that.

BB - oh man, I feel ya! Fix it in post'. That's what Photoshop is for! ;)

This is about my "minimum standard" for a Nuttall's:

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[edit: Huh. It actually looks really decent, if I do say so, but only on the uncalibrated monitor. There ya go. Never try to send it to print and I'm fine. ;) ]

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Here I was, on St. Augustine Beach, watching Gulls, other shorebirds, and I see some Brown Pelicans in flight. I missed the first couple of bunches flying by, but then I got ready and watched and waited for more. I saw two skimmimg just over the breakers, followed them and manually focused, panned with them and snapped the shot. Only chance I had to get them in flight, and......well, see the photo below!! :angry:

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Fla. 04-01-12 thru 04-08-093 by Birdbrain14, on Flickr

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Well BB - look on the bright side - it's in focus and you don't have a couple of people "fooling around" in the same picture! It could have been worse - a lot worse!!

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Well BB - look on the bright side - it's in focus and you don't have a couple of people "fooling around" in the same picture! It could have been worse - a lot worse!!

Very true, Seattle....... very true.

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Stupid Leaf. I moved all around just outside his fear circle, but could NOT compose a shot no matter what I did.

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Stupid Leaf. I moved all around just outside his fear circle, but could NOT compose a shot no matter what I did.

That would be easy enough to remove, though.

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There's so much loss of information on that big green leaf that I think it'd be above my skills to remove it believably. Hats off to you, if I wore one I'd doff it promise, if you can make that image pay.

I found a different Wren that was a little more cooperative. I did have to remove a couple branches, but not nearly so much information loss.

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Here it was totally unedited, just resize.

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Or a little higher f/stop? :)

True, although I was shooting wide open because it was so dark outside. I chose loss of a deep dof to keep the noise level down. Look where that got me. Pfft.

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Would be a nice picture had i not had a couple of distractions in it. I've been wanting to get a nice owl picture to print for my Mom, but guess she will have to wait.

I actually like this shot a lot! The way the branches frame the owl is quite artistic. I'd print it. :D

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I actually like this shot a lot! The way the branches frame the owl is quite artistic. I'd print it. :D

I agree - I like it. It's more like looking out a window!

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I am new at photography, with a new camera I haven't a clue how to operate yet, lol and new at trying to get bird pics. And sure enough just when I get the right zoom, I get all excited because it is going to be such a great picture and it flies away, so I get a picture of a fence or tree limb. Then someone will ask me, "why did you take a picture of this??"

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I am new at photography, with a new camera I haven't a clue how to operate yet, lol and new at trying to get bird pics. And sure enough just when I get the right zoom, I get all excited because it is going to be such a great picture and it flies away, so I get a picture of a fence or tree limb. Then someone will ask me, "why did you take a picture of this??"

Don't feel bad, sailormom. That happens to all of us, no matter how long we have been at it!! :wacko:

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