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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:47 am 
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Thanks, pierovera! :)
I really like that combo for that type of bird shots. It produces such great background blur! Especially if you pick your background wisely

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:48 am 
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4xxxx wrote:
Csaba, the first one looks like it has slight camera shake to me, I’m surprised the crop looks so good. What lens did you use.


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The shot was taken from a canoe so a bit of camera shake wouldn't surprise me.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:16 pm 
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Thanks, pierovera! :)
I really like that combo for that type of bird shots. It produces such great background blur! Especially if you pick your background wisely

Wouldn't your 100-400mm produce better results?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:09 pm 
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Yes and no, I guess. It depends what "better" means. For maximum magnification I would of course use the 100-400. But that lens is slow, and there was not an abundance of light that day. The exposure was 1/200th, f/2.8, ISO 800, so not too bright.
For me it just seems everything is right with the 70-200/2.8L. It rarely disappoints me, especially on full frame. It's of course brilliant on crop as well. I simply love that lens! :D

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:37 pm 
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I see, the 100-400mm is an f/4 lens, right?

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f/4.5-5.6 in fact. So, pretty slow compared to f/2.8

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Oh I see, thanks for clarifying :)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:59 am 
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Got out for a bit the other day again.... I think the migration is all but over now even though I did see a few flocks pass over.... it has gotten colder and we got another blast of snow, about another 25cm, so winter definately has settled in... the temp on this day hit all of -18C for a high and it started at -20C without the windchill when I first got out of the car (the cameras performed great in the cold, about 3 hours in it without a break, although my body isnt quite ready for it yet I dont think :oops: ) ... with that we got one of our first winter arrivals from up north...the pine grosbeak... its a pretty little bird about the size of a robbin or just a bit smaller. I was lucky enough to come across a small flock... they are usually pretty approachable much like waxwings so fairly easy to photograph but they are much rarer....

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The trees, especially the pines, were covered in fresh snow and I managed 1 or 2 shots of the pine grosbeaks in them... I wish I would have had the chance at more of these shots due to the snow but they were busy in the berry trees feeding... here is one I did manage to get...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:23 am 
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Amazing shots Wolfsong! I absolutely loved the first and last ones, great job! :D
By the way, I didn't think it could get that cold over there in Germany, I would've imagined -10ºC at it's coldest, but apparently it gets twice as cold as I thought. :|

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:54 am 
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Good one to capture Wolf, I like the crop and sharpness of this set.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:36 am 
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thanks guys... pierovera... I'm in Saskatchewan Canada about 60km west of Saskatoon and its gonna get a lot colder before winter's over :wink:

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Wolfsong wrote:
thanks guys... pierovera... I'm in Saskatchewan Canada about 60km west of Saskatoon and its gonna get a lot colder before winter's over :wink:

Oh I'm so sorry, I mixed up some things and well, for a moment I thought you lived in Germany :P
Now I understand why it's that cold.....

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I had a lot of fun photographing the pine grosbeaks above so I went out the following day to see if I could find them again and sure enough I did... this time the location was a bit different but they were just as easy to approach. The day was a bit warmer so I spent another hour or so with them after taking some time to find them... lighting was great though at that time of day with the exception on the first shot which was taken in shade but I still like it a lot.

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This next shot was a territorial display and a second later he was off to drive away an intruder ... I tried to capture it but it happened way too fast and was over jst a quick...

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Waxwings.
Terrible light & had to crop a fair bit, but first time i've ever seen these in the wild, so i'm very happy. 8)

IF :roll: we get a glimpse of blue skies on Thursday i'll have another go at these.
They've been here for nearly a week & looking at the Rowan trees, there's maybe another couple of days worth of berries left. Fingers crossed.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:14 am 
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Great shots guys! :D

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