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Old 10th of March 2009 (Tue)   #1
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I made myself a blind from an old sheet and some remains of a net curtain to hang in the doorway of my conservatory. With my tripod set at the right height I get sit in a comfy chair and photograph the birds in the garden.

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You get a nice view of the garden birds. Visitors from todays session, Blue Tit, Male Sparrow, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Collared Dove, Black Capped Warbler, a recent visitor and the first time I've shot him today, plus of course the ubiqitous Robin shown here.

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I love your "hide" -- I would love to be able to do the same thing but the house isn't quite set up for it.
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I just shoot straight through a double glazed window from my study (while sat at my PC), no blinds or camo whatsoever. Its amazing how good a shots you can get shooting through windows. Here are just a few of the hundreds of shots I have got like this. When working on my PC I always have the Camera ready.





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I find I just lose too much contrast and get reflections trying to shoot through Gouble glazing. I guess if the window is under a portch which would act like a lens hood it may be different. Probably helps to keep the windows clean as well
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I find I just lose too much contrast and get reflections trying to shoot through Gouble glazing. I guess if the window is under a portch which would act like a lens hood it may be different. Probably helps to keep the windows clean as well
The conventional approach to shooting through glazed windows is to have your lens right up to the glass and square on to the target BUT I get much better results by shooting at an angle to the glass (about 30 degrees in my case) and having the lens about 2 foot from the glass.
The window I use is not under a porch or any other covering and I have never noticed losing any contrast or reflections. As it happens the window I use is the only one in the house that never gets cleaned as it is upstairs in an awkward place and has only got a small top opening - the window itself was put in around 5 years ago and I reckon it must be this self cleaning stuff.
Here is a few more taken through the glass using a 400/5.6 with a taped 1.4 tc - now that is a lot of glass but the shots are not too bad IMO, not so good as not shooting through the window of course but that is to be expected.






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That's cool! Here's my DYI Photography Blind
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Where's the comfy chair ?
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Where's the comfy chair ?
Me? I have a cushion from my wheelchair pad. Since my legs (knees) can't been anymore, sitting on the ground is kinda comfy now...more than sitting on a chair.
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Nice shots everyone. I have been shooting through a double-glazed window all winter but it really isn't as good (for me) as shooting without the extra glass. I have a piece of 1/4" plywood with a 6"x6" cutout that fits into the window so that i can shoot without the glass and still not freeze the house. I think it was Canonloader who gave me the idea. Unfortunately ice built up on the outside of the window so that when I went to open it the crank for opening stripped.
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