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Some finches

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by saddler, 5 Mar 2006.

  1. saddler

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 May 2005

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    Been playing with my Sigma 100-300. I've found a way to shoot the finches on my feeders pretty close up without them freaking out too much.

    These were some of the best.

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    Any comments and suggestion welcome

    John
     
  2. ethan

    Soldato

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    Nice and clear :)
     
  3. Zheka

    Wise Guy

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    Nice and sharp. 2 and 4 are very nice shots.
     
  4. Mohain

    Wise Guy

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    Wow. As a pin! Cool :)
     
  5. Joe T

    Capodecina

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    Liking no. 3. :)
     
  6. hoodmeister

    Hitman

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    it's not just that they're sharp, the bokeh is fantastic!
    It looks like you've plonked a bunch of finches in a studio to take shots of them :D
     
  7. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    Great shots!
     
  8. Geffen

    Wise Guy

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    Great shots but how did you get so close to take them.
     
  9. ranarama

    Hitman

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    Nice shots, good and sharp. As above, how on earth did you manage to get so close, particularly with the 3rd one.
     
  10. saddler

    Hitman

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    Thanks for the comments

    I achived the pics, (none of which are cropped at all btw) by creating an outside 'studio'. I live in a 1st floor flat and have managed to attract the birds by attaching feeders to a drainpipe outside my window. I've prevously posted attempts at shooting the birds through the window but this was the first time I shot with the window open:
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    I'll try to take some pics of my setup tomorrow.

    John
     
  11. Zheka

    Wise Guy

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    wow, yes please post some :)
     
  12. saddler

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    One more I like, this took some work though as it was from the first batch that I ruined by not noticing that I had left my camera set with -1 exposure :rolleyes:

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    John
     
  13. SDK^

    Capodecina

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    Great shots, nice colours and sharp images.
    Your setup is a great idea - I might try it myself :)
     
  14. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    Brillant illustration! In this cold, I'm not too sure about open windows... brr!
     
  15. Richard T

    Mobster

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    great shots dude!

    Nice explanation as well :D
     
  16. dod

    Mobster

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    yep. nice shots :)
     
  17. AndyBorzi

    Wise Guy

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    I've bought myself a feeder for the purposes of photos but I don't think I will have as an easier time as you taking the photos though!

    Great pics, I love them all!
     
  18. saddler

    Hitman

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    As requested a shot of the setup i've got. I usually have a motion sensing webcam setup in the window to capture all the action throughout the day. Not only does this create some great videos but gives me an idea of what visits when and the birds behaviour. I'd share the videos if I had any method of doing so.

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    The feeders are suspended from right angle shelf brackets.

    John
     
  19. Vipernet

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    Good stuff! nice pics! I tried shooting birds once, went down like a lead weight :rolleyes: :p
     
  20. Zheka

    Wise Guy

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    Great stuff.