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Apr 05, 2010 13:30 |  #16

Nighthound wrote in post #9935659 (external link)
These are fantastic, very nice quality. I wouldn't have expected such good results from a reflector.

I've shot with my refractors and you're right, focus is a big challenge and when the action starts it gets even tougher.

Impressive work.

Thanks a lot! I was surprised with the quality of pictures myself :) They needed a touch of PP at first. Reflector itself gives very low contrast but actually I quite like that. No shadows are too deep and no highlights are blown in the original picture.

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Amazing. Did any people see you? :lol: I can't imagine the interest this thing might be generating.

Hopefully not. I was in the middle of nowhere really. Some 10 km away from the nearest village. I wouldn't dear using this in a park or somewhere public :D

Waldemar Sikorski wrote:
Really challenging setup and taking distance into consideration great shots. Now you have to find some nests. I don't remember anyone else from Lithuania, welcome. With this setup you can photograph birds in neighboring countries.

Thanks, neighboring countries might be a bit too far though :) But nests would be great. I did see some bigger birds there before but couldn't find their nests. This setup works good when you are stationed in a location that birds like to visit. Since you can be quite far away it is easier and it doesn't intimidate birds that much as a sneaky photographer a couple meters away.

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Interesting concept, as said I think birds in flight could be tricky :lol:

True, I wasn't even trying to get them midflight. This works best when they land somewhere and mind their own business :) It was really interesting watching them doing this and that. I wish my camera had video capabilities I'd surely try that!

Wow, I didn't expect this much attention when I was posting these! This is really encouraging to go out again and try shooting some more :) Thank you guys!


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Apr 05, 2010 13:36 |  #17

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I'm thinking take the middle seat out of my van and mount it in there so I can shoot out the side door or the rear. ;)

Interesting idea. You can surely try that :)


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Apr 05, 2010 13:50 |  #18

I don't know where you live but: http://www.fatbirder.c​om …geo/europe/lith​uania.html (external link)


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Apr 05, 2010 14:04 |  #19

Waldemar Sikorski wrote in post #9937497 (external link)
I don't know where you live but: http://www.fatbirder.c​om …geo/europe/lith​uania.html (external link)

A useful read! I knew Lithuania's wildlife was rich but it was interesting to see the numbers :) Lithuania is a small country. I guess about 350 km would be the longest straight line you could draw on the land. There isn't any location you couldn't reach in a few hours.


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Apr 05, 2010 14:26 |  #20

marsaz wrote in post #9937588 (external link)
A useful read! I knew Lithuania's wildlife was rich but it was interesting to see the numbers :) Lithuania is a small country. I guess about 350 km would be the longest straight line you could draw on the land. There isn't any location you couldn't reach in a few hours.

Hey, I'm from a country that was in a union with Lithuania but It would be exciting to visit a place that's 30% forests.


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Apr 05, 2010 15:20 as a reply to  @ Waldemar Sikorski's post |  #21

Great set of shots. although flight shots may not be in your future, photographing perched birds certainly is, they come out very good...

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Apr 05, 2010 17:09 |  #22

canonloader wrote in post #9937025 (external link)
I'm thinking take the middle seat out of my van and mount it in there so I can shoot out the side door or the rear. ;)

Whatever you do with it Mitch, just don't mount it on your boat. They'll call out the Navy to investigate :lol::lol:

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Apr 05, 2010 17:22 |  #23

interesting setup. The MFD of 50 meters made me laugh though....thanks for sharing


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Apr 05, 2010 17:32 |  #24

David, HAHA, it does look like a rocket launcher, or maybe a torpedo tube. :)


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Apr 05, 2010 18:11 |  #25

canonloader wrote in post #9937025 (external link)
I'm thinking take the middle seat out of my van and mount it in there so I can shoot out the side door or the rear. ;)

I was thinking the same thing....plus the van acts like a blind.

Great pics and great detail.

Guess the trick might be to set up a feeder, focus and let the birds come to you?


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Apr 05, 2010 23:28 |  #26

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Great pics and great detail.

Guess the trick might be to set up a feeder, focus and let the birds come to you?

Thanks, yeah that should work great. Almost everything works great with this setup as long as you don't have to move anywhere :lol:


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