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    Posted: 01 April 2008 at 09:53
Hi all,
I take the opportunity of Brettania's advice and start a new bird thread with some herons I shot last Sunday- it's a colony pretty much innercity Vienna, and you get to see some 15-20 birds there - not even counting the newly hatched herons, which will become "airborne" soon.
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Anyway, here are the shots:

1 -Next generation:


2 -Fighting herons:


3 -Heron with branch:


4 -Heron landing:


5 -Heron with branch II:
   

Hope you like the shots as much as I do! ; )

Edit: oh, and here the entire gallery, so far: Herons II

best regards,
Bernd

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 10:03
Wow, that's a nice start for the thread!

Did not have the opportunity to go birding this past week end. Just happened to see some mallards but the background was kind of sort of busy.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 10:08
Thanks, David! Your mallard is also very crisp!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 10:44
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

Your mallard is also very crisp!


Crispy duck anyone? :-)

I love your fighting herons, Bernd
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 10:54
Nice start to the new thread gentlemen. Good work to both of you!


Edit - inspired, I walked outside and caught this little fellow enjoying the last hour of light at the end of the day:



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 12:40
very nice pics Bernd, David, and Frank!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 12:57
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 13:03
Thanks for the comments! Frank, are you making fun of us or what? You just walk outside and capture that picture?
I won't repeat myself and say that I am jealous of your birds, well I just did...

Not much birding this past week end as I said, so I PPed some old shots...(october 2007)

Sony Alpha 100 | Minolta AF 300 F2.8 APO + Minolta APO TC 2X @ F7.1 | ISO 200 | Exp. Time: 1/1000s


Sony Alpha 100 | Minolta AF 300 F2.8 APO + Minolta APO TC 2X @ F8 | ISO 200 | 1/640s


Sony Alpha 100 | Minolta AF 300 F2.8 APO @ F8 | ISO 200 | 1/800s


Edit: did not see your post winwalloe, nice capture!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 14:05
David - lovely egrets. Your 600mm reach is excellent - love the second one especially. As far as my shot goes, these little fellows are very common in the garden, especially in the late afternoon when they are catching insects as they fly past.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2008 at 16:42
Yours and the other pictures here are much better David but merci
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2008 at 03:17
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2008 at 09:27
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

Hi all,
I take the opportunity of Brettania's advice and start a new bird thread with some herons I shot last Sunday- it's a colony pretty much innercity Vienna, and you get to see some 15-20 birds there - not even counting the newly hatched herons, which will become "airborne" soon.
A700 + 400/4.5 + 1.4 TC (some)
Anyway, here are the shots:


3 -Heron with branch:




Bernd,

I have the same equipment as you and I am trying to learn how to take bird photos like yours. Can you please give some tips on your camera settings in for example photo #3. What is the minimum SS you recommend? Minimum aperture for sufficient DOF? Do you use EV compensation? My birds tend to look like shadows against the sky

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2008 at 10:29
Hi,
well, I gladly pass on what I have learned - which is not all that much...
I think the most important "ingredient" for those kind of shots is really the quality of light. I started this particular session at 6:30 or so, so rather early.

The later you shoot, the higher the sun, so birds tend to go rather black against the sky (so, you might have to go EV + later in the day)

I use Aperture mode, matrix metering, I set EV between -0,7 and -0,3 I think (EXIF in gallery shows), mainly to preserve highlights, as the tonal range of a heron is quite big. When you shoot against the sky, that is.

When the background was dark this "receipe" did not work so well, I think I tried spot metering and tried to meter for a medium or light grey area on the heron.

SS= Shutter speed?
Well, personally I use aperture to get the highest possible speed...
If the speed is too high I just increase the aperture, works well for me.
I have seen great work by Gil over in the dpreview SONY DSLR forum with speeds around 640, 800 - so, it's really a personal preference.
Also, herons are pretty slow in flight, compared to smaller birds, so you probably can get away with slower speeds.

Hope this helps, I was also pretty puzzled when I first saw Aarif's or Gil's birds 2 years ago - but shooting birds is so addictive that you do it all the time, anyway, and get better at it.

regards,
Bernd

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2008 at 10:51
Thank you Bernd.

It is always nice with some new ideas and input to try out. I saw the Exif's in your gallery. Those data will be a good starting point for my upcoming shoots. I guess there is a lot of planning behind good bird shots. Time of day for good light, position and of course a little luck aswell.
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