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Mar 01, 2017 18:13 |  #1

Hi everyone. I recently took a huge interest in bird photography. Ive shot birds in the past but only here and there. The birding photography bug bit me super hard. Long story short Im learning my new canon 500mm mk2. Here are a few beginner shots. I have a huge appreciation for all you birding folks! CC always appreciated and welcome!! Thanks for looking

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Mar 02, 2017 14:24 |  #2

All well done.


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Mar 02, 2017 16:57 |  #3

They look good, of course I am new at the long range photo's.




  
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Mar 04, 2017 14:44 |  #4

Welcome and please send more


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Mar 04, 2017 15:23 |  #5

Well done, Fernando. Looks like you've got the hang of it. I can offer two tips when it comes to wildlife. In addition to capturing the beauty of the animal, some photographers like to show its natural behavior in an artistic way. It need not be rare or elaborate behavior, just something that the bird does naturally, well, except no. 2. Or, show a unique anatomical feature of the bird, like the lobed foot of the coot climbing the rock. Also, watch your angle of view. Try to get on the subject's level or slightly above. The photo of the ruddy duck is a bit high, but that's all a matter of taste.


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Mar 05, 2017 22:28 |  #6

Excellent set and great advise from Larry.


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Mar 06, 2017 07:50 |  #7

Thank you all kindly!! Means a great deal. I will follow your advise. Thank you!


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Mar 06, 2017 09:18 |  #8

Nothing wrong with those photo's.......

I would suggest for bird photography using Back Button Focus...This link explains

http://www.colesclassr​oom.com/back-button-focus-explained/ (external link)

For me personally it is the biggest change/improvement you can make and will most definately increase your keeper rate.

It would be nice to see your camera/lens settings above the photo, for example........

Canon EOS 7D Mark II | Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM @400mm | 1/500 | f/5.6 | ISO 400

Visit the thread "Post your best Bird Portrait", and even post on this thread.....there are many excellent bird photographers who are more than happy to share their knowledge and always a good place to pick up tips and ask questions.

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Mar 06, 2017 09:34 |  #9

I like them all apart from the first one because I think the bird in the background distracts.
Of course that is just my IMHO and some people might think that is great. A bit like saying I don't like coffee I like tea - not right or wrong.




  
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Mar 06, 2017 09:39 |  #10

Good start! The 500/4 II is a wee beastie. It will take you a few trips to get comfortable with the heft. While not particularly heavy, I found I was sore after the first couple of trips while my muscles figured out the torques involved as the lens cantilevered from my hands.

One thing about your framing - have the bird swimming TOWARDS the middle of the frame. So, if it is moving right to left, you want the bird in the right half of your frame with its bill pointing towards the center. Use the rule of thirds to position it in the right half of the frame.


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