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Dec 28, 2012 10:46 |  #1

So I have been serious about bird photography for about 5 weeks now. You have all been a huge help getting me started. Critique would be very much appreciated. All taken with my 60D with 70-200L f4 IS and Canon Extender III. Also they were taken through a large picture window. (Forgot that part...yes it is the 1.4 extender)

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Dec 28, 2012 13:56 |  #2

Looks great to me! I can't believe those are through glass. Like #1 and 4 the best.


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Dec 28, 2012 14:28 |  #3

Keep it up, these are great shots! As you may know, with extenders you get a slight decrease in IQ, but these look fantastic. If you didn't tell me you used an extender, I would've believed you. Keep on shooting!

#4 is a wall-hanger for sure


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Dec 28, 2012 14:41 as a reply to  @ jdhill's post |  #4

I like them and agree that you are doing well thru a window.

My opinion only .... When photographing feeder / yard birds always try and look for the unusual or less static image ... and example is your 4th image (Redpoll) the head turn makes the image more interesting.

As many other here will tell you in bird photography it's all about the "eye" ... It must be sharp and have the catch lint (glint) as well. Photo #3 of the Chickadee with the head slightly truned away is sharp, but you lost the eye ... same with the Nuthatch.

Just my 2 cents worth ... look forward to seeing more of your birds


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Dec 28, 2012 16:44 |  #5

If I'm stuck with a window I noticed a UV filter aids in killing glass glare and reflection I just leave it on all the time to guard the lens.I like your work Keep going.
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Dec 28, 2012 17:28 |  #6

Have to agree with everyone, plus they are real nice shots, through a window at that. You had to be close even at 400 mm, very nice detail. Why go outside when you can get these inside, great job lets see more.


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Dec 28, 2012 17:50 |  #7

Very nice shots!


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Dec 28, 2012 20:24 as a reply to  @ SkyBaby's post |  #8

Im guessing youre using a 1.4x TC on your f4 lens making it a 5.6 so you still get AF.

Those shots are nice.

As for little tips you can use that I have picked up on here over the last 2 years or so.
The eye is typically the focus as stated earlier. Try to time the shots for when you see the eye AND if you can, it has a little sparkle in it.
Open the window if you can, more glass will reduce IQ (even though these are good)

I miss my 60d already. What a great camera!



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Dec 28, 2012 20:51 |  #9

I think the OP is setting the bar a little high for 60D owners, that's how I think you are doing. Nice shots.


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Dec 28, 2012 20:52 as a reply to  @ Grizz1's post |  #10

Great shots! Keep up the good work.


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Dec 28, 2012 21:01 as a reply to  @ stickerboy111's post |  #11

GREAT shots!:)


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Dec 28, 2012 21:24 |  #12

You're doing we'll so far. As Bob noted having a nice head angle will allow better eye contact between the subject and the viewer. The first chickadee and the Redpoll both show good eye contact.


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Dec 29, 2012 03:31 |  #13

Great job!
Only nit-picking is the sensor-spots you should get rid off ;)


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Dec 29, 2012 09:47 |  #14

jroovs wrote in post #15417143 (external link)
Looks great to me! I can't believe those are through glass. Like #1 and 4 the best.

Thank you. The window is 4x4 feet and is double glass, and hard to keep clean with 4 legged bird watches sticking their noses on the glass.


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Dec 29, 2012 10:13 |  #15

Can't figure out how to do multi-quotes...so here goes..
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Thank you all so much for you're replies and words of wisdom

jdhill - Thank you so much

bhowdy - Thanks for the tips...now to get those little buggers to sit still!

sam walker - I don't use a UV filter, but I use a hood all the time for protection. Glare isn't a problem in the morning, but it is in the afternoon.

BGraphy - Thanks for the compliments. I was using the 1.4 Extender and my guess is I am about 5 feet from the bushes.

Skybaby - Thank you!

jhayesvw - You are correct about the 1.4 and AF. The window doesn't open and it's cold outside! I just love my 60D. What an awesome upgrade from my Xti.

Grizzl - Don't you just love you're 60D? And thank you so much for your compliments.

Stickerboylll and tarheeldragon - Thank you both!

Stephen - Thanks for the tips. Those Chickadees are so quick it is really hard to get them to cooperate!

Dioladetus - That sensor dust has been driving me crazy. I have removed some in processing, but I am too chicken to try and clean it properly. I must learn more about the cleaning part!


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