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Those "Almost" Good Shots!!

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Ooo, that would have been so good, JimBob.

I know! He was like 3 ft from me, and right after that shot he flew off! Ugh. <_<

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The almost great shot of the green heron.

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But he sure looks great in this one.

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he later caught that butterfly to the left.

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Le' SIGH!!!

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Hawk by notrufus, on Flickr

Been SO wanting to get a picture of the resident Cooper's Hawk that hangs around work. So of course today, the day I don't have my camera with me it mocks me. Perched atop the fake owl. It's an ALMOST good shot since it was taken with my phone, thus pretty much leaving me with a 'I THINK that's the Cooper's...but it looks a little thick AND the tail seems short.'since there's no quality or fine detail to speak of. Either way, there was a hawk, perched in that perfect spot..... WHINE!!!

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Okay...one more. I had NEVER seen a Northern Flicker until a few weeks ago. Was so excited to see a bunch of them up in the mountains. Sat down enjoying the weather and was like OMG!!....when two of them landed fairly close, perfect for a picture. So, so, so, so ...close... D'oh!!! Not only are they both facing away, they both managed to hide in plain sight! No readjustments allowed, they flew away after this:

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Northern Flicker by notrufus, on Flickr

I fully, 100% accept the back one being a bit hidden, but that branch in front has yet to feel my wrath. Blended in with the bird so well I didn't see it until it was too late.

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Almost can't tell this is a Yellow- rumped Warbler with those darn sticks in the way. One click and she flew off.

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My question is why you keep the photos. I would delete them in camera...or maybe that's because I take too many like that. :rolleyes:

I think it simply makes us appreciated those truly 'great' shots even more :D

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My question is why you keep the photos. I would delete them in camera...or maybe that's because I take too many like that. :rolleyes:

Some of these may be the only shots we have of a particular bird. Those are the worst "almosts". If I'm lucky enough to get several looks of an individual that I can't immediately identify I'll keep a few sub- standard shots to help identify the bird later. Besids I have a terabyte of storage on my harddrive :D

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My question is why you keep the photos. I would delete them in camera...or maybe that's because I take too many like that. :rolleyes:

I mostly keep cruddy shots, for a quiz, or this thread.

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My question is why you keep the photos. I would delete them in camera...or maybe that's because I take too many like that. :rolleyes:

Sometimes the bad ones are too funny to just delete. And there is no "almost good" about this one.

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here is one from March.. I was watching this cooper circling about 200 feet when it spotted something it wanted and came straight down at what seemed like 100MPH.. C/AF just couldn't keep up

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Our first of the year Lincoln's sparrow, and our second sighting of the bird ever. There had to be that silly grass in the way. If I want to submit this bird to Ebird, this is the picture I need to use for proof. :(

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My question is why you keep the photos. I would delete them in camera...or maybe that's because I take too many like that. :rolleyes:

Yeah, I have thousands of almost good shots that were either deleted in camera or sent to my computers recycle bin. To me, that is what bird photography is. We infrequently actually get good opportunities, so the vast majority are classified as almost good. So I rarely keep any of them, unless it is a species I've never or rarely photographed. When I look back at older photos I often think that my photography has gotten better. That may be true, but I keep a whole lot less of those marginal pictures as I did when I first started.

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Oh hi stick that I swear wasn't there 2 seconds ago.

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Yup, that stick has many, many inlaws. Saw quite a few this weekend.

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Well, I managed to do it again!! This male Anna's was directly overhead, about 8 ft above me. I used manuel focus because the AF wouldn't work with the background. A little better focus and I could have had a great shot instead of an "almost"....sigh........

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1-Cooper's...Hummer...12-02-2012 008 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr

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i've learned to leave my camera on and ready while i'm driving from bird spot to bird spot...slammed on the brakes and shot this thru the car window. not an *almost good* one, more like *almost didn't get it* one

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[quote name=Melissa :)' timestamp='1354586990' post='377232]

I love this picture, but I really wish it had focused better...

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good picture anyway!! :) (could of been better) :ph34r:

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