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      05-13-2012, 07:39 PM   #7921
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This is almost a 100% crop because I didn't have time to change lenses. But this raccoon is one we call Buddha because of the way she sits. She's waiting to see if I toss out any peanuts.

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This is almost a 100% crop because I didn't have time to change lenses. But this raccoon is one we call Buddha because of the way she sits. She's waiting to see if I toss out any peanuts.
Well fed!
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No crop here, except to make square:


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Same bird; different angle
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Great colors in the bird pix. It's great to see your interest, but you should strive not to shoot the bird's ass. It's pretty easy to get pix of birds, but the real challenge is getting them in a pleasing position, with the perfect head angle and a light in the eye.

Here's an ordinary American Robin in a Captain Morgan pose. It takes hundreds of shots usually before everything lines up.


American Robin in Captain Morgan Pose... by dcstep, on Flickr
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Note taken. But these were in the trees; waaay higher level.

But I will try to wait for a better pose next time Thanks for the tip.
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      05-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #7931
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Note taken. But these were in the trees; waaay higher level.

But I will try to wait for a better pose next time Thanks for the tip.
You're welcome.

Your reaction is exactly as mine would have been a couple of years ago.

In the case of the birds you got, did you spend 20 to 40-minutes, standing still and waiting for them to get in better position? That's what it takes and you'll often come up empty. It's hard to do casually.

I'm trying to encourage, not discourage.

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I get your point; for the woodpecker I posted a couple days ago, i've waited a good 30-40 minutes walking aroundand waiting for him to move until I got the shot I wanted; which was half decent.

Here is the shot in question:


But for the BlueJay, I didnt wait much; it was cold and I wasnt 100% awake. I wasnt patient enough.

Your shots made me want to buy a 2X Teleconverter. With my 70-200, I can get a good range; considering i'm at 1.5 crop factor. I just need to find the subjects to shoot. I got the Audubon's apps to find birds. A couple spotted in my region but not much. I will contribute as much as I can and hopefully some more people will follow. Some entries are funny tho. Someone supposedly spotted a bald eagle near my place a month ago. lol Very unlikely.
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Same bird; different angle
better crop, like this one more. portrait works
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Your shots made me want to buy a 2X Teleconverter. With my 70-200, I can get a good range; considering i'm at 1.5 crop factor. I just need to find the subjects to shoot. I got the Audubon's apps to find birds. A couple spotted in my region but not much. I will contribute as much as I can and hopefully some more people will follow. Some entries are funny tho. Someone supposedly spotted a bald eagle near my place a month ago. lol Very unlikely.
You've got good equipment for this. When you get a good shot, even the most ordinary birds can be very interesting when viewed in detail.

Your downy woodpecker shot is nice, but... you want the sun behind you and, ideally, a eye light in the visible eye. Those two things would elevate this image a couple of more notches. Always be aware of the sun and approach with it behind you. That's not to say, "never take a picture with the subject backlit" because those can often work out nicely, particularly if you get a highlight fringe, like this from yesterday:


Little one in the sun by dcstep, on Flickr
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