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Re: macro lens at bird feeder

Post by PietFrancke » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:24 pm

today it is snowing again, the bird feeder becomes a good place for them to be.

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Post by St3v3M » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:03 am

I'm fascinated by this little one! Northern Cardinal's are beautiful to watch! Thank you for sharing this! S-
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Post by davechinn » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:38 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:31 pm
So today I finally cleaned the kitchen window, where we have a bird feeder attached to the house. I tried using a 100mm Macro lens and was able to be about 18 inches away from the birds. I am getting a little bit of reflection from the glass, but that might change depending on the sun's direction or other things that I might be able to manage. The birds are a little skittish, but there are possibilities here...

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As a non-birder Piet, I find your images to be composed and shot very well. I know with the Cardinal, you have to work fast. They don't seem to stay in one place for very long, which can be a problem.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:51 pm

thank you Steve and Dave - It will be a long time before I am a birder, but birds at the birdfeeder are WAY easier than Street!

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:15 am

Thug
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can't stand it, had to throw some color back into it!
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:46 pm

Love him!
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Post by minniev » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:27 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:51 pm
thank you Steve and Dave - It will be a long time before I am a birder, but birds at the birdfeeder are WAY easier than Street!
He's a beauty, and I like the one with the tad of color too.

I have not tried to take pictures of the birdfest on my patio, you may have led me in that direction. They are still having a pretty big time with the pine cone feeders, though it did cause the demise of one of the wrens, found yesterday in Herself's mouth. Since Herself is too portly and clumsy to catch anything, I can only assume that the wren knocked herself senseless running into the patio door as they sometimes do, and was captured while unconscious.
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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:56 pm

thanks Linda and Paula - Herself must have thought she was big stuff - such things happen.

edit - I stumbled by accident on a technique I have to try again. I did the B/W by blending in three differently treated Nik Silver Effects Pro treatments and generally goofed around with the image (like adding a texture) trying to emphasize detail around the beak - which was fine and good, but then I restored the color by bringing back the original layer on top and setting the blend mode to color.

Anyway, I found it interesting to work in the B/W world to emphasize tone and detail where I wanted and then it was wonderful to still have the "quality" of the color return in a subtle fashion.

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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:50 am

the red winged blackbird
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Post by minniev » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:13 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:50 am
the red winged blackbird

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Love it, he looks good with your darkside approach. Love that he is such a messy eater!
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