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Old 15th February 2008, 10:01   #2581
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redcandle, the bird photo is an one in a million shot. Not only you got a well composed lowlight BIF (Bird in Flight) shot, you got the catchlight in the eye. I assume this was a high-ISO shot going by the noise, but noise doesn't matter since you managed to get the wow factor right. Only a Canon dSLR could have got this at such low light I suppose. Congrats!


The second one has very good color effect, although I suggest a reframing of the shot as follows for better composition.

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Old 15th February 2008, 10:03   #2582
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Redcandle, if the background of this image has not been photoshopped, I am interested to know how you got it.
Actually he should not sharpen any further. A slight blur is desirable in action shots. Besides, he has the eye in perfect focus, that's ideal.
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:15   #2583
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Wow thats a nice ISO 1600 shot. One suggestion why don't you poast the larger size, this is too small, I saw the larger size on your flickr page and it looks much much better
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Another thing, I saw a lot of robin shots in your flickr gallery? Is that a regular visitor to the bird house?
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Yes, really great shot. I havent seen this kind of images even in many popular bird galleries. The only other one I have seen in on PAAI of a small bird shot with a canon prime lens. Thats why I was immediately interested to know how he got this.
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@redcandle: Amazing bird shot there. Congrats!

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Old 15th February 2008, 21:46   #2587
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Thanks a lot mail4ajo, rr_zen, Samurai, tsk1979, Torqy. Much appreciate your comments.

As some of you may know that am still a amateur. Have got high expectations from myself to develop this as a hobby. The only thing thats stopping me is lack of time and current inability to buy a decent lens. (got my eyes on Canon 100-400 L and Canon 28-135L) Can probably buy them today, but that would mean a stupid decision since have plenty more important things to buy before that.



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The bird looks nice with the background, Try sharpening the image a little. Bird will really stand out.
I did try in PS CS2. Not an expert but, due to the grains in the picture it just dint work. Besides, it looks pretty decent at the moment. And a old Canon 75-300 can only do so much.



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redcandle, the bird photo is an one in a million shot. Not only you got a well composed lowlight BIF (Bird in Flight) shot, you got the catchlight in the eye. I assume this was a high-ISO shot going by the noise, but noise doesn't matter since you managed to get the wow factor right. Only a Canon dSLR could have got this at such low light I suppose. Congrats!


The second one has very good color effect, although I suggest a reframing of the shot as follows for better composition.

Thanks again. You know, it almost is literally one in a million. If you look at my Flickr page, have a few shots. They are from a selection of about 10 clear pictures. And those 10 were the only ones I decided to keep after trying to picture this bird at different settings over days. Must have taken at least 300 pictures. Went crazy to get the right picture.

This current one was at very high shutter speed. The ISO was initially kept to a low 100 to get a clear picture. But the 75-300 1:4-5.6 lens does not let enough light through and the picture is a black canvas. I think the ISO was set to 1600 to get a decent picture. There was no sun either at that time.


Regarding the second sunset picture: Your cropped version seems to be much better. The picture I posted was already cropped from much wider picture. So at that time my mind probably was just not ready to crop it to this extent. But definitely looks better.


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Actually he should not sharpen any further. A slight blur is desirable in action shots. Besides, he has the eye in perfect focus, that's ideal.
Thanks Samurai. Much appreciate your views and admire your work and envy your kit.


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Wow thats a nice ISO 1600 shot. One suggestion why don't you poast the larger size, this is too small, I saw the larger size on your flickr page and it looks much much better
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Another thing, I saw a lot of robin shots in your flickr gallery? Is that a regular visitor to the bird house?
Thanks again. You might have noticed that it was posted on a busy Valentine's Day ;-) so did posted them in a hurry. Will definitely do it next time.

The bird recently started residing in our back garden. Was very very shy initially, dint give me a single clear image. Above I said I went crazy to get a decent shot. Actually, crazy is an understatement. I actually stopped taking pictures and tried to tame it so that it came closer. Over a period of one month all I did was...as soon as I saw it in the garden, I started leaving tiny amount of food for it. After about 2 weeks it knew when I went into the garden, it was for feeding, and it used to fly closer. (NOTE: the female was much more daring than the male.) Now whenever it sees me through the glass doors, it flies straight to it to DEMAND food. Interesting, isn't it? And people think birds cant be tamed. Next, I am trying it to come and take food from my hands. Will take a long time for that though.

Some people must be thinking...."what a nutter!" :-)


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Yes, really great shot. I havent seen this kind of images even in many popular bird galleries. The only other one I have seen in on PAAI of a small bird shot with a canon prime lens. Thats why I was immediately interested to know how he got this.
Cant wait to fulfil my other needs and then spend some money to upgrade my gear. Will brush my skills on the current gear until.

Thanks once again everyone. Will try and get better shots and if I do manage, will post them.

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Clicked at Koti Hyderabad,

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Thanks Samurai. Much appreciate your views and admire your work and envy your kit.
Thanks, but I am an amatuer just like you. About the kit, when I see other photographers on the net, I know I am not making justice to it. With great kit comes great responsibility of using it right. I am nowhere there yet.

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After about 2 weeks it knew when I went into the garden, it was for feeding, and it used to fly closer. (NOTE: the female was much more daring than the male.) Now whenever it sees me through the glass doors, it flies straight to it to DEMAND food. Interesting, isn't it? And people think birds cant be tamed. Next, I am trying it to come and take food from my hands. Will take a long time for that though.

Some people must be thinking...."what a nutter!" :-)
Actually you have the right attitude for wildlife shooting, you have made yourself acceptable the bird. That explains the close shots you are taking.
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@Redcandle, like Samurai said, the bird shot is a one-in-a-million shot. And effort you have put in for all this is much more than what your narrative says in words. The kind of effort and dedication you have put in will definitely get you lots of good shots.
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redcandle : Over a period of one month all I did was...as soon as I saw it in the garden, I started leaving tiny amount of food for it.
Pls remember to feed them only birdseed / grains. Pls do not feed it anything else like what we eat, just in case you have tried to.
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@redrage: Sunset in SLOW MOTION?
Good play of colors!

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@redrage: Sunset in SLOW MOTION?
Good play of colors!

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It was me in slow motion rather ,

thank you it was taken in kodai
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guess what is it.
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Vivek - are these Snowflakes ?
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