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Apr 26, 2010 21:16 |  #1

I drive by a red wing blackbird spot every day for work and thought if I ever got a long long lens I would shoot them. I got my 500mm f4 last week so it was time. This spot is great because they are well habituated to passing cars so if you stay in the car, they come within 5 feet. One nest is about 15 feet from the main road with 2 babies in it. Next on my list is yellow headed blackbirds. There is a fun video link here I shot with the 7D. If you pick the 1080i version it looks pretty sharp.

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Apr 26, 2010 21:26 |  #2

Wow!...what a series! All are great and a motivation for me to try and get close to these kinds of shots. I have a real hard time getting the exposure right on the males.The last shot of the female feeding the newborn is awesome...bravo!


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Apr 26, 2010 22:43 |  #3

The images of the adults are very nice, but #4 is extaordinary.


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Apr 26, 2010 23:27 |  #4

Very nice shots I too like #4


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Apr 27, 2010 00:06 |  #5

mattlev12 wrote in post #10071658 (external link)
I have a real hard time getting the exposure right on the males.

I had a hard time too. I ended up throwing a lot out. Seems like if I opened up about 1 stop and then darkened the background later and used the "fill light" slider in my adobe raw editor I got some detail in the blacks back. I think you have to kind of give up on the background and get it within reason and focus on feather detail in the blackbird. The "recovery" slider helped pull the background back to normal as much as possible when it was too blown out. I think a bit of luck in terms of lighting is necessary.

If one were to HDR wildlife, this would be the animal to do it with...


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Apr 27, 2010 04:40 |  #6

Very nice shots and video. The secret to shooting black or white birds with any camera is to use Spot metering. As long as the bird covers the whole spot area, exposure will be right on every time. ;)


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Apr 27, 2010 04:45 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #7

Baby in the nest shot for me excellent timming and detail, love it.;)


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Apr 27, 2010 04:54 |  #8

Great series, Shawn, especially the last one.


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