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Karl Witt
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Well how can you not love the welcoming call outs of the Red Wing Blackbirds this time of the year as they begin to welcome back Spring
They are really fun to photograph and make for a good challenge on rendering details in blacks and holding the brilliant red and yellow wing bands in saturation check! So they also make for good post processing practices too.

I invite you to share yours as you get them, maybe post up to three at a time and add more as you get ones that better up the originals or offer something unique in pose or habit to share

Try some with flash too, can be rewarding in details Just watch out for the flash eyes though.
This will be a good thread to show how many different ways there are to render the blacks, dark, more even, contrasty or relaxed and how the light they are in changes the results we get.

I'll start with a few from this morning, with flash and two without, there was not much light today to enjoy but I wanted to practice on them some more

So round up your RWBB shots and put them here!
Thanks
Karl



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#1 One with flash

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#2 One that kept his mouth closed LOL

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#3 One that gave a good profile

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Mar 17, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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The elusive RWBB....great shots Karl and thanks for starting this thread. You have great detail in those black feathers and just love the chevron.
Here's mine
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Mar 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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Here is one of the Mrs. She was busy gathering nesting material about 10' to the right of Mr. while he was seranading.

-Doug








Mar 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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Wonderful shots from you guys. I really like them.

- Tam



Mar 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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Good idea Karl. I like #3

Eric #2 is so silky smooth, I really like that one.

Here's one of mine.






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Mar 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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Thanks for jumping in Eric, what is below in #2

Nice one Doug, have not seen any females yet here so glad you had a gal to share

Thanks Tam

Jim, I like the comp here and nice little glimmer in the eye

Keep them coming, share info on exposures or ideas or ask questions if you want help.......
Karl



Mar 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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Great idea Karl and some smoking shots, I can see why you started this thread

I wish I could be so motivated but I don't really have much in the way of RWBB this year. I'll post the one from this year and 2 favorites from last year.

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1 this year, obviously the light was going away!

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3

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Mar 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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I posted this one a week or two ago. Not quite as good as y'alls but, hey, I'm learning and feel like I'm getting the hang of it. I have figured out that you have to get closer and you must avoid the urge to over crop.

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300mm 1/1000 f/6.3 ISO 500. Handheld.

I learned on this one that I should use a faster shutter speed/higher ISO. That probably would have produced a sharper image.





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Mar 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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You guys are knocking them out of the park. Great work Karl, and thanx for starting this. I will see if I can dig out a few to post. Funny thing is that I was off this weekend, and I wanted to go to my favorite RWBB spot sat, but the weather changed my mind ~ Ron

Well, here are two from last year. I know I clipped the wings in the first shot, but I like the way the stuff is falling.




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Mar 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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This is one I shot a couple summers ago. Taken from a kayak with a T1i /75 - 300mm combo. I won't be shooting any of these in the near future. Still winter up this way.


Redwinged Blackbird by Edmonton Ken, on Flickr

Great set Karl, btw, esp your profile shot.

Ken



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Super images Tim. That second one is dynomite!


Mar 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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Boy O' Boy...y'all are definitely photographers. I think I fall into the realm of "Pitchure Taker". Great job everyone.


Mar 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Tim, I haven't seen one show his colors like that while perched...nice shot!

Doug, beautiful female.

Jim

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Mar 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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Hi Karl, thanks for starting the thread. The RWBB's are just getting fired up over here so thought I'd post one I took last year. Enjoy.
~ Ted




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Mar 18, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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Good idea, Karl. May be we'll finally get to the bottom of this bird ID
This is the only RWBB I've seen this year. Well, so far.
Socrate






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Mar 18, 2013 at 01:26 AM
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beautiful works all. Will play when I get a chance to photograph one in SoCal...


Mar 18, 2013 at 01:28 AM
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This is all sweet stuff

Interesting how the light has so much affect on the plumage.
Glad to see the variety, some wonderful work!

Dang Ron...........if only..........That first shot is stunning, all that I can see of it that is

Karl



Mar 18, 2013 at 03:14 AM
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Hi Karl,
It has been awhile since my last post, been too busy and maybe a touch of laziness...The elusive RWBB, I only have a few because they are no ware near ware I live. First shot is in heavy cloudy overcast day, second shot is a very heavy crop, too small a lens for this outing.
John












Mar 18, 2013 at 03:15 AM
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Wow, some fantastic shots of my nemesis !! Here are my contributions , 2 from today and one older one.















None would come out for a picture !




Mar 18, 2013 at 05:02 AM
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Good work all.


Mar 18, 2013 at 08:16 AM
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