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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 April 2009 at 17:23
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 April 2009 at 17:50
@Pavel, that's the elusive bee-eater- have you shot this year already?
I'm trying to get shots of it but it is not all that easy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 02:39
Originally posted by Frankman Frankman wrote:

Nice work guys. Here are a couple from earlier this month:





The last time I went to the lake there were none close by.

Frank


Good stuff Frank. Love the approach on that 2nd pic.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 08:18
Excellent Frank. Spoonbill in flight is very sharp
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 09:05
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

@Pavel, that's the elusive bee-eater- have you shot this year already?
I'm trying to get shots of it but it is not all that easy.
regards,
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The shot is from 2008

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 11:18
Thanks Gil - it always pays to shoot a good looking bird . I was fortunate enough to have it do the final approach in just the right position relative to the sun and my lens.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 14:08

Here are some shots of an awesome critter that just miss because the eye is not showing, Any hints how I might do better next time?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 14:24
Hi Bard

I've found that Terns' eyes can be sometimes difficult to capture a catchlight. The images were taken in the late morning, which is not the best time to be out there birding. Try early morning when the sun is lower (and softer), and I'm sure your success rate will improve. See how the leading edge of the wing is "blown" while the underside of the wing (and belly) is underexposed. Shooting with the sun at a lower angle will get you more light under the wing.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 14:31
@Bard1: It's difficult to pick out a black eye on a black background. The best advise?... Keep the sun behind you when you take the shot. Most of the bird is in its own shadow. I know it's hard to tell the birds, "Whould you mind flying to your left a little?" The best you can do is to position yourself where you are more likely to have sun behind you when you shoot. That way you're more likely to get a twinkle in the eye to help define it. Also, the more light... the lower the ISO, the higher the f-stop, the more detail you can recover from the darker areas. If you aren't already, try center-weighted or spot metering. You may blow out the background, but your subject will be properly exposed. I'm still learning, but these are some hints I've heard and find helpful.

Cheers... Brian

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 15:31
Cripes, it is already time for the next poster to start Show us some bird shots...23.

TIA and expecting more great shots.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2009 at 15:57
Thanks for much for the tips Frank and Brian. I plan to get back soon and earlier. I had a car apt near the site yesterday and didn't get there till nearly noon. In the AM that spot is due West of the sunrise and should be excellent. It's a real challenge but more than worth it.
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