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First attempt at Bird Photography

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Feb 09, 2013 13:41 |  #1

Good evening all

I bought a 100-400 a few days ago and as their was no motorsport on this weekend I thought I would have a go at bird photography. I didnt relise how hard it would be especially tracking birds in the sky by time I had got one in the viewfinder it had gone and all that left was a picture of the sky :lol:.
Hints and tips welcome.

Just the one as my others are not really that good

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Feb 09, 2013 13:44 |  #2

Very nice, sharp.

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Feb 09, 2013 14:05 |  #3

At least you got one! I couldn't possibly count the number of empty branch photos I have had to delete! Sometimes you luck out and get a bird in accident!

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Feb 09, 2013 16:52 |  #4

Shucks, I think you have a heck of a start-sharp, level. bird looking into the frame. Your background in m'sports, unless it's wheelchair races, gives you excellant experience for this. Best advice-practice. Welcome to this section-if you choose to stay.

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Feb 09, 2013 17:13 |  #5

Best advice from here would just be "practice". That's a great shot to start out with; the more "domestic" birds like that Starling are great subjects to being with because they'll be a lot more tolerant of you.

This is a good, solid shot, but I'm guessing you had the focus point dead center on the bird's breast; at 5.6 your DoF is shallow enough that the face/eyes are just *slightly* out of focus. The eyes are the most important part of birds/wildlife; so, you really want to make sure they're falling in your DoF most of the time. Sometimes, a slight softening as you have here is overlooked due to other, less common action, posing, etc; but, for the most part you want to make sure to nail the eyes.

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Feb 09, 2013 17:57 |  #6

Nicely framed on a low angle. Good job.

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Feb 10, 2013 06:49 |  #7

Very nice. Love the framing and low angle.

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