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Dec 13, 2012 10:45 |  #1

Hello everyone! This morning was quite beautiful, with a very heavy frost. I haven't been doing as much bird photography as I used to, but this morning made me realize what I'm missing.
However, I do have a problem: These shots don't look perfectly sharp to me... does anyone else notice this? I know a couple at least were shot at around 1/000 shutter speed, with a 580EX II, 60D, and 100-400L. I don't know, they just don't look sharp to me... is it just me?

Black Capped Chickadee:

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House Finch?
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Tufted Titmouse:
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Black Capped Chickadee, again:
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Red Breasted Nuthatches, a real treat for me. They don't usually show up here, but now there are at least three!
Female:
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And two of the male:
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The cedar tree I installed for birds to land in by the feeder was certainly pretty this morning:
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I wonder if the video editors on The Titanic ever went, "Sorry, I can't right now. I'm busy synching the Titanic..."

  
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Dec 13, 2012 11:27 |  #2

Well the bird in #3 looks just a little out of focus to my eye, but the section of the branch just above the bird's head looks sharp. I think that's just a case of the focus missing the bird and not a problem with the lens. Also the last one does seem just a bit soft to me. The others look very nice though. Lovely set!


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Dec 13, 2012 11:34 |  #3

really nice color and composition in these Darin




  
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Dec 13, 2012 15:32 |  #4

These look fine. Nice


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Dec 13, 2012 15:57 |  #5

Thanks! I was in a hurry when I selected these, and accidentally grabbed the wrong tufted Titmouse. I'll upload the correct one, and a better tree, in a little.


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Dec 13, 2012 17:36 |  #6

Very nice, and yes, a House Finch.


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Dec 13, 2012 19:52 |  #7

Maybe just a tad off especially in #3 as mentioned. Ever check the MA on this combo-think the 60D has that feature. Great series, nonetheless.


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Dec 13, 2012 20:01 as a reply to  @ ardeekay's post |  #8

Unfortunately the 60d does not have MFA.
However, these photos do not look out of focus to me.
I guess it depends on how far away from the birds you were.

if you were close (under 20 feet) then a couple COULD be considered a tiny bit soft.
but if you were over 20 feet away I think they are more than acceptable.

I just noticed something. On the 100-400 SOMETIMES f7.1 is sharper than 5.6. So if light allows try out that aperture.



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Dec 14, 2012 00:12 |  #9

Most of them look sharp to my eyes. A couple of them appear to be focused on the branches just on the close or far side of the bird. Don't look like a problem with the lens. They are all well done.


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Dec 14, 2012 04:05 |  #10

Great set. I really like the lighting!


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Dec 16, 2012 03:40 |  #11

Very nice


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Dec 16, 2012 07:50 |  #12

Nice set but they are soft, the Nuthatches are better than the rest. Were you using a pod of any sort? Even at 1/1000 just the slightest movement will result in softness.


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Dec 16, 2012 13:13 |  #13

Thank you for your input, everyone!
BGgraphy, really? even at that high of a shutter speed? I typically don't have a problem that high. I still accuse my 60D of not being quite right since the day I bought it refurb from Canon...

Here is the Titmouse that I meant to post:

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And a (Some) better tree:
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I wonder if the video editors on The Titanic ever went, "Sorry, I can't right now. I'm busy synching the Titanic..."

  
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