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FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Bird Talk
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MedicineMan4040
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Jan 09, 2017 23:28 |  #16

OK, this tree didn't not grow here in the backyard.
It died about a mile from here in another neighbor's yard.
I asked if I could buy it, he said I could have it.
The yard workers cut it down, hauled it to my place.
Dug a big hole with a big steel pole and poured concrete; then
used a backhoe to lift up this tree (which is hollow) than sat it
down on the pole.
So a pic of the tree and a smaller pic of it's rewards.
We call the tree Levina's tree :)
Oh, the tree cost $100 to have move and installed, I'd call that
a deal.

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Jan 20, 2017 08:47 |  #17

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cbay1
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May 01, 2017 19:29 |  #18

Glad i visited this thread. I was under the impression most of the bird photographers on here were traveling long distances on walkabouts to get their bird shots. Up hill both ways in remote national parks. LOL Now i feel much better knowing i'm not alone on using perches and the ole trusty sunflower seed!


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May 03, 2017 06:36 |  #19

cbay1 wrote in post #18343920 (external link)
Glad i visited this thread. I was under the impression most of the bird photographers on here were traveling long distances on walkabouts to get their bird shots. Up hill both ways in remote national parks. LOL Now i feel much better knowing i'm not alone on using perches and the ole trusty sunflower seed!

I was of the same mind Chris...lol! I had just picked up the Sigma 150-600 and I'm about to setup a feeder station in our backyard. Birding is new to me and I'm really looking forward to it. Trekking and travelling will come once I develop a few skills.

Thanks to all for your tips and ideas.

-Bryan




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May 03, 2017 08:54 |  #20

Im actually going to post mine this weekend when the rain stops. Everything is filling back in with greenery and flowers. I do travel around and take bird photos on the side, but most of my stuff is in my yard


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BlakeC
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May 03, 2017 09:01 |  #21

MalVeauX wrote in post #18233556 (external link)
Hrm,

I'm still pumping away with my old feeder project. It has evolved over time, and is no longer an outhouse style pop-up tent blind near a feeder. The feeder itself hasn't changed. I have changed it's location a bit, to get it more out of the sun, and I've done some brush clearing work to get some branches and weeds and foliage in general from right behind the station to give me a little more subject isolation. I've replaced my outhouse tent with a standing blind, because it got really hot in the tent. I used some re-bar that I hammered into the ground to act as stabilizing posts and dropped small bore PVC on there and made a frame big enough to sit behind. I zip-tied some weather resistant camo blind material across the frame. I just stick the lens hood through and I'm set. Things I've added is that sometimes I will use lighting. Straight studio lighting, big octas on stands. Silly maybe, but I've enjoyed the results and the birds don't mind it as much as I thought they would. I like lighting when possible because it helps bring out micro-contrast on feather detail. And if the light is really awful but the feeder is super active, I can always get enough light (just not as attractive ambient blends maybe...).

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I started adding speedlights. I like the Yongnuo 560 III manual lights because I can control their output remotely so once I button them up in a modifier, I can still adjust them, and they're inexpensive (I buy them used around $50 when I see them go up). Realistically I could use a basic strobe, of which I have many, and I have wireless strobes too on the order of 600ws, but I like how light and simple speedlites are and I don't have to fiddle with it, I can get behind the blind and do everything remotely. Granted, now that I have an ETTL & HSS capable speedlite with the Yongnuo 685, I would probably consider having two of those instead (though they're $100 a pop), since HSS & ETTL make for a very handy lighting session, and I can also command those remotely too all the same, but HSS & ETTL gives options for controlling ambient and subject lighting a lot more than a pure manual light does. Only reason I haven't done it yet is because I rarely need to. When I set up, I control flash output remotely with my controller (560-TX) and if I want ambient exposure to increase, I adjust ISO. Simple. I do an initial metering with a light meter with an incident light reading at the feeder station to get an idea of where my flash output should be. After that I don't have to meter anymore, as I can adjust around that value with my camera settings to get my desired exposures.

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To do lighting, I use the camera in manual and meter with it first with my sync settings. In this case, I set my camera to manual, 1/200s sync speed, F5.6 (depth of field and sharpness) and metered, then adjusted my ISO until it was about -1 stop, so a gentle under-exposure of the foliage with ambient light. Then I plug these values into my light meter to get flash exposure correct, so I plug 1/200s and ISO 320 (which is what I ended up metering on the camera for ambient) and adjust flash power until it reads F5.6 on the output where my subject will be located (I metered center and slightly in front of the perches).

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Here's the 560-TX on my camear setup. I've really been using the 7D & 300 F4L IS combination a lot more than my 600mm. I can get really close. The F4 is nice. The IS is nice. And it's light and simple. It rides a humble Opteka Gimbal on a Benro tripod.

https://flic.kr/p/LgGe​zX (external link)IMG_4128 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

And here we are with a 47" Brolly Octa (cheap, $30!) with those speedlites inside doing the lighting. I went big with the modifier for the same reason you do in a studio, softer light.

https://flic.kr/p/LgFT​PV (external link)img_a1326_stitch (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

And here's one of my visitors:

https://flic.kr/p/M47z​rG (external link)IMG_3537 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Very best,

These are cool! Do you ever move to get a different shot while the birds are there or do you readjust and wait for them to settle again?

One thought though, if any of you have a camera with wifi or bluetooth, you can just set it up on a tripod and sit inside and take photos using your phone or tablet as a remote viewer!
I've done it with my 70D and works great! Once it stops raining here, I will try to set it up again and get some shots. We have some bright Blue Jays and Cardinals coming around now!


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