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Apr 08, 2017 15:02 |  #631

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Spring time bird: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.


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Agreed, wonderful captures.


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Apr 08, 2017 15:02 |  #632

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Thanks, Jeff! Those little guys are really fun to photograph, as they're very inquisitive.

They were hanging out next to this Pine Warbler:


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Outstanding!


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Apr 08, 2017 15:03 |  #633

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Super common Robin.


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but not a super common photograph! Very well done, and on an unsung hero of the bird world.


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Apr 08, 2017 20:23 |  #634

Thanks, MedicineMan!

Another diptych, this time with the RWBB. If you're like me, when you look at these photos, his signature call will be playing in your head :lol:


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Apr 09, 2017 17:13 |  #635

I shoot this lens 98% of the time now. Other gear is collecting dust.


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Apr 09, 2017 21:24 |  #636

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I shoot this lens 98% of the time now. Other gear is collecting dust.


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Stunning raptor! I'm guessing a Cooper's ???
Yes, as I slowly divest of Canon kit the 400DOii will be the last to go :)


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Apr 10, 2017 05:10 as a reply to  @ MedicineMan4040's post |  #637

Cooper's or Sharpie, still not anywhere near being able to tell the difference! I can tell you this though: the 2nd photo is a Blue Bird. 100%. :-P

It's sad to hear you winding down like this! How long will your divestment process take?


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Apr 10, 2017 05:30 |  #638

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Cooper's or Sharpie, still not anywhere near being able to tell the difference! I can tell you this though: the 2nd photo is a Blue Bird. 100%. :-P

It's sad to hear you winding down like this! How long will your divestment process take?

Thank Matt, not that soon! Give me a few more years with the heavies at least :) But it is a reality I have to face.....and truthfully it's OK, last week I got my best Spoonbill and it
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Apr 10, 2017 10:12 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #639

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I also use the 400DOii almost exclusively. I have attached my 2xiii extender recently and am trying to master handholding the additional magnification and the focus point limitations. It still focuses rapidly and is quite sharp. Sanil, a member from Southern India is my inspiration for this change, incredible images he posts, with that setup.

I think your raptor is a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. I have a great little raptor book by Wheeler and Clark that mentions the streaking under parts extending onto the belly of these birds, also the lack of a white, terminal tail band and the squarish tail, distinguishing it from a Cooper's Hawk. However, always a difficult call.

I do think your portrait is outstanding. I wonder if you considered editing out the unfortunate diagonal branch, just in front of the bird. It would make quite a wall hanger!

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Apr 10, 2017 11:59 as a reply to  @ mikeivan's post |  #640

Thank you..Mikeivan for kind words.. Planning to buy even 1.4 X ..just for some advantage with low light. with 2x its an amazing combo.


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Apr 10, 2017 12:00 |  #641

Crested Hawk Eagle bathing in morning sun light.


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Apr 10, 2017 18:26 as a reply to  @ mikeivan's post |  #642

Thank you very much for your kind words about my hawk photo! Good stuff on telling the Sharpie/Cooper apart, I'm noting your descriptions for future ID purposes. Sometimes I see a hawk, and it's a solid slate gray in color, other times it's the brown/white you see here. Confusing! Also, interesting how their eyes are red in some shots, and yellow in others.

I definitely do not want that branch there, and think it would be a fun venture trying to 'Shop it out. Would you happen to have any tips on this procedure? I can get the cutting part ok, it's the blending afterwards that's tough, especially when there is noise. I'm so-so at Photoshop :oops:

Today, I used the 5D4 instead of the 80D, along with the 2xIII. Less overall "reach", but a little easier AF interface and a slightly better photo quality w/ the FF camera. Turns out that I got my best shots when using the Silent Shutter option, and a SS of over 1/1250. In the end, surprisingly, the 80D and 5D4 are both cracking cameras, I don't hesitate to use either. So far this year, the 80D has done a majority of my outdoor shooting.

But all of the stories are true: this 400 DO II is OUTSTANDING with either of the converters. The 2xIII requires better light though in order to get comparable shots. The 1.4xIII, I don't even notice a difference vs. the bare lens. So very sharp!

Came across a bird I haven't seen yet: Eastern Towhee. Awesome little fellow, let me shoot at my leisure, sang for the camera as though trying to impress me :love:


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Randomly captured a video of this fellow too (not a videographer in the slightest haha)



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Apr 10, 2017 19:39 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #643

Mathew..

In the photoshop - Select lasso tool and select the object you want to remove. Once selection is done, go to edit menu and select Fill.

When the dailog box opens in the options by default " it shows " content aware Fill" say OK.

You are done.

It should automatically select pixells surrounding and blend it properly.

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Apr 10, 2017 19:46 as a reply to  @ sanil's post |  #644

Trying that now, thanks!

EDIT: lot of work to make it look random, but here's what I came up with. The Lasso + Fill + Healing Brush worked nicely. Not perfect, I'm sure trained eyes will easily see the edits.


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Apr 10, 2017 23:04 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #645

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