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My Sunday afternoon BYB's

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Chris_B, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    A few from this afternoon. It was too nice of a day not to get in a few shots. All taken with the 500P +1.4TC.

    Brown-headed Cowbird
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    House Finch
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    Female House Sparrow
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    Cardinal - almost a good shot but he looked the wrong way.
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    This was just a funny pose.
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  2. Nice Set and I love the natural perches. Well Done!!!
  3. cool set Chris!
  4. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    Thanks Gary and Dave.
  5. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    Chris, you are doing very well indeed! These are quite nice. :smile:

    May I ask, did it take very long to get the hang of "long lens technique?" I had been reading up on how important it is to try to eliminate as much movement and vibration as possible, and sounded like there was a fair amount of learning curve involved - thanks.
  6. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Very good set Chris. I've got a few BYB to post myself when I get a chance to get them processed.
  7. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    Thanks Frank and Louis.

    Hi Miko - thanks for the comments. I've only scratched the surface of long lens technique. I feel relatively comfortable with static subjects but birds in flight is a whole other story. I am only a weekend photog and it took me a good 4-6 months to get comfortable. The biggest things that help are a sturdy tripod and head (I have a Gitzo 1325 and a Wimberly sidekick) and I use a remote cable release. That and I steady the lens with my left hand(which is also focusing since I'm using a MF lens) and press my eye firmly against the viewfinder. After that, it is much like pistol or rifle shooting by relaxing and controlling your breathing.

    All that and one more thing:

    Practice, practice, practice

  8. midi

    midi Guest

    Chris, you have some very nice birds in your garden.
  9. Chris_B


    Mar 12, 2006
    Arlington, VA
    Thanks Dave. I put up a few feeders this winter and they have been quite active.
  10. vettenut


    Feb 27, 2006
    Tolland CT
    Nice shots Chris, although I don't know why the Cardinal had to give you a hard time and turn his head like that, you need to train him better.:biggrin: - Jeff
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