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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Thu 03-Oct-13 09:09 PM
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"Eastern Bluebird"


Mississauga, CA
          

Shot earlier this summer - in fact I think it was the first day of summer.

Same bird (you can tell by its "cowlick"), different perch. The alvar (a limestone plain) in the area provided a nice, smooth OOF background.

D7100 + 600mm f/4 + 14TC

ISO200, f/8, 1/800sec, -0.3EV, Centre Weighted








ISO200, f/7.1, 1/1250sec, -0.3EV, Centre Weighted





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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Thu 03-Oct-13 09:18 PM
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Very nice images

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Fri 04-Oct-13 07:10 PM
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Very nice, great color and exposure. You that 600 working well. Great!

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Tom, it's a marvellous piece of engineering.

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Great shots of a beautiful bird Richard. You seem to be blessed with a great variety of birdlife in your area. I'd like to visit Canada sometime.....Scotty.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Scotty. If you ever decide to drop in to the Toronto area, get in touch. Funny, even though we did emigrate to Canada from the U.K. in 1969, we were actually approved and booked to go to Australia (Perth), but my parents changed there mind at the last minute.
The variety created by the seasons from hot & humid to frigid & snowy can bring in a large variety of birds into the area.

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Nice shots of a pretty bird Richard.
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Thank you Rick, they certainly are and you can see how they're related to our Robins.

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Great shots, Richard. The rusty iron and the blue of the bird work great together.

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As always, nice to hear from you Tom and thank you. The bright blue works very well with the rusty fence post, along with the rust hues in their upper breast.

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Great focus.

  

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Thanks Dale.

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Once again Richard ...great shots! you're an inspiration when I see birds I think of the birds you have chosen to share and your settings. I've been practising with Sea Gulls and Ducks and so far I'm liking the outcome.......I guess the one thing I just need is patience to sit still.....HAHA!

  

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Hi Charles and thank for your kind comments.
True, patience is an important trait in bird photography; but so is observation. Not just being able to spot something in the distance and make your way towards it, but also observation of habits that develop over time. I try to keep a journal of my outings and have learned when to expect certain birds are in certain areas and locations. Not always a 100% sure thing though!

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I will keep that in mind! I have been thinking of bringing a journal along for notes. So far I have been getting lucky spotting a European Sterling but it's always at moments where I just get some quick snaps not enough time for a full set up

  

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It will take time and develop over a few years. I started out doing a lot of macro work before discovering bird photography. As I moved into birds, my first acquisition was a 70-300, moved up to a 300mm AF-D (non AF-S), then a 80-400 VR, next a Sigma prime 500mm f/4.5 and now my 600mm f/4. Most, I bought used (other than the Sigma 500 & Nikkor 600), and traded up as I progressed and found this was my passion, but do still own the old 300mm AF lens which is very sharp, but slow acquiring focus.
Take your time and practise on the more common birds, there's always a lot to think about - your exposure (should I use +/- EV or spot metering), aperture & shutter speed, focus point, composition, long lens technique(s). It eventually becomes a little more intuitive, but there's never a guaranteed shot - which makes this such a challenge.

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Perfect Richard,
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Gary, thanks very much.

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Nice work!

This is a bird I haven't had much luck with. I have a couple so-so shots but nothing really good.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Dave. This area, known as Carden Alvar, has been designated as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. There's a massive programme to reintroduce the Loggerhead Shrike into the area and other rare sightings (for our area) such as Wilson's Snipe, Upland Sandpiper, Sedge Wrens, Bobolinks & Eastern Meadowlarks are quite common.
I haven't always been able to get great shots of the ones mentioned above, but the local community installs bluebird boxes on the fence posts and you can generally be guaranteed of getting shots of these birds.
You can read more about the area here:
http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/ontario/our-work/carden_alvar_natural_area.html

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Two more outstanding images, Richard. You do give us all inspiration by showing what can be achieved so we try and improve our own imagery.

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That's very kind of you Rick. Over the past few years, I've also been inspired by the work of others posted here, including yours.

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Very nice indeed!

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Hi Al and thank you very much.

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Beautiful images Richard. Tack sharp.

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US
          

Stunning shots. As much as you've captured a lovely bird, the post and wire with their rust really work well in both images especially with the coloring of the bird itself.

How are you enjoying the D7100? I am still contemplating upgrading from my D7000, but waiting for the rumored announcement of the D610. If the D610 doesn't have an upgraded AF system, I will probably get the D7100.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks so much Oscar, I have to agree the rust colurs harmonize well, but offer a contrast in hard vs. soft.

I'm pleased with the camera, it has many improvements over my D300 such as improved dynamic range, slightly better higher ISO, higher pixel density and faster focus acquisition. Don't alway like what it does to OOF backgrounds, especially ones that have contrasting colours. Seems to create more "grain" almost what I'd call "clumps" of colour.

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Appreciate it Jack, thanks!

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South Orange, US
          

Richard, these are great shots, thanks for sharing.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Emory, very kind of you.

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Pretty bird and excellent detail, well done.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks so much Brad. Nice of you to stop by and comment.

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Tampa/Lutz, US
          

Hey Richard,
What can I say but excellent as usual....
Great colours
Maybe, try not to center them....



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Swindon, GB
          

Hi Richard,

WOW, stunning!

I like the first one best as I prefer the pertch...

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#39. "RE: Eastern Bluebird"
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Leigh, my preference of the two as well.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks so much Preston.
To some extent, I'd agree with you on the 2nd image, but then I'd loose some of that "barbed" wire look on the fence if I cropped off too much on the left.
On the first, its tail is almost on the edge of the frame, and I've left some room on the left. I also felt that since this is more of a portrait and you have direct eye contact with the bird, it created a slightly more powerful image than having a large vacant green patch to the left - I find my eye gets drawn right in the bird's eye.

But, that's what makes us all interesting, we all perceive things differently.

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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Fri 11-Oct-13 02:35 AM
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#36. "RE: Eastern Bluebird"
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Very nice Richard. Extremely good colour, with no fill flash!

Jim

  

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sat 12-Oct-13 04:20 PM
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#37. "RE: Eastern Bluebird"
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Jim. I was pretty sure I didn't use fill flash, but went back and checked since it was over 3 months ago I took these - no fill flash used.

Please Visit My Gallery and my website at www.richarddubiel.com
Richard

  

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Sat 12-Oct-13 07:29 PM
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#38. "RE: Eastern Bluebird"
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Mankato, US
          

Great, sharp, well lit images, Jim!

Mark



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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 13-Oct-13 12:42 AM
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#40. "RE: Eastern Bluebird"
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Hi Mark - thanks for stopping by, appreciate your comment.

Please Visit My Gallery and my website at www.richarddubiel.com
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