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Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


And here is the proof …

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Hi Photo Friends,

For my 3,000th post, I’m going to try to give back to the forum. If you already know all this stuff, please just jump over it and just view all my pictures below. I won’t mind. I’m still learning and I apologize for the technical mumbo jumbo below, a quick diversion from the real story, but I’m excited about learning new technique. We all have to learn

If you take pictures of perched songbirds from a tripod, and watch how they approach the perches, then after awhile you become familiar with their approach patterns and how they perch. You can then use individual focus points, move it to an appropriate place in the grid, and pretty much place the focal point on the eye of the bird most every time with tiny movements of your gimbal or ball head.

I was having the problem of trying to watch perched songbirds and hummers in the same immediate vicinity. Sometimes the hummers perch but usually they buzz along, darting here and there erratically, so you need to track them. These are two totally different problems.

This is for the Canon owners. I apologize to everyone else if this gets boring.

I don’t want to use one shot, focus and recompose for the perched birds so Servo is the only way to go. Otherwise I won’t be able to track the hummers. I’ve been practicing back button AF, setting 1. For reference see here. This lets me use the center point, the most sensitive point, with spot AF, start metering and focus on the shutter button, lock tracking, recompose and fire. At the same time I can still track the hummers!

You all know songbirds are jittery all the time so I only get a fraction of a second to focus and recompose. I’ve been trying and trying to get this right and finally … success. My first real use of this technique getting the bird full frame!!! No cropping here.

Now the problem is, well he was too close Who ever heard of a being TOO CLOSE to a songbird

Next time it will be perfect


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And here is next time.







Notice the DOF on this bird. The eyeball, beak, and part of her right talon are all in the plane of focus yet her left talon, and of course the back of the bird, are out of the plane of focus. There is only minor cropping here. If technical things matter to you, this was 400mm at about 7.5’ at F5.6 for a DOF of .02’ or about ¼”. Apertures don’t really matter at these distances and focal length. F16 would have been .05’ or .6”.

The finch was not taken in a blind. I was not in the house but outside with the tripod and camera clearly visible. So, how do I get songbirds to come so close to me? I have no idea. Critters, for some reason, come to me. Maybe its because I have no fear of animals … except for creepy mice

So enough of the technical stuff and …

Now onto the REAL story …

This threads flower is called Sedum! It’s a fall perennial that needs VERY little care, it just grows! As you can see my Skipper, American Lady and Bee are enjoying it in my captures below!

Pix 3

Skipper…

My Skipper thinks he hears a Chickadee above?









Pix 4

Skipper…

Let me get closer and investigate!!









Pix 5

Skipper…

As my Skipper approaches closer and what does he see








Pix 6

Chickadee…

Oh no!! Mr. Skipper caught me eating seeds!








Pix 7

Chickadee…

I am out of here. I know nothing about seeds









Pix 8

Bee…

Don’t worry Mr. Chickadee! I will buzz that Skipper away!









Pix 9

American Lady Butterfly…

Chickadee all is clear! The Skipper flew away! You are now safe!









It’s so nice to have you all hear to talk and share when I do something new and exciting!

I can’t believe how fast time flies by and now I have 3,000 posts!

Thank you all again for always being such good sports and saying hi when I post a new thread! Hope you enjoyed my new photos!

BeeBalm



Sep 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
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@B,

This is so much fun! You have presented us with such a great amount of creativity, fabulous commentary, and some gorgeous images. Congrats to 3K and look forward to 5k, 10k, etc. Big day in the FM house for you and well done.



Take care,
Brian




Sep 10, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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Excellent shots and great info BB, I enjoyed all
Congrats on 3k
David



Sep 10, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Very nice shooting, BB and congrats on the 3k.
Chris



Sep 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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Congrats on your 3000th post BeeBalm.
Beautiful set and look forward to seeing more.

Phoo



Sep 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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Very nice. Congratulations on 3000 posts. Love the blue in #7


Sep 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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3K is a milestone. Congrats!! Fun set BB. I change the focus point all the time. Causes me to miss shots sometimes as I cannot change it fast enough to get birds coming from different directions (facing different ways). My fave of this set is the B BB. Lovely color and detail.


Sep 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Congrats on the 3000th post, and your photos are always a joy to view!


Sep 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Big congrats BB on the 3k posts! You sure have been an active member, the forum needs a bit more enthusiasm like yours

I'm really liking the macro you've presented here, marvelous work

Looking forward to the next 3000

Tim



Sep 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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very nice set BB.. congrats on the 3k


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


Congrats BeeBalm on your 3K post. This is a great set from birds to bugs to kick off new milestone, BeeBalm.

Thanks for sharing.

- Tam



Sep 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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An extra nice set BB. Great story and info too. 4, 7, and 8 stand out for me ~ Ron


Sep 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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Congrats on the 3K and lovely commentary and photos to go with.


Sep 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


Great stuff, BeeBalm... you're really getting clean shots, and with your good techniques, it all comes together to make excellent images. I always enjoy your posts; the fun commentary is icing on the cake.


Sep 11, 2013 at 01:59 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


Congratulations BeeBalm, great post with very interesting info.

Marcelo



Sep 11, 2013 at 02:09 AM
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Big congratulations on 3000!!! Even bigger congrats on the wonderful post. Always love your shots and commentary.

Birdie



Sep 11, 2013 at 04:09 AM
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Congrats on the 3,000. Thanks for the useful info. Great to have you here as well.

Henrik



Sep 11, 2013 at 04:20 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


Reeftank1 wrote:
@B,

This is so much fun! You have presented us with such a great amount of creativity, fabulous commentary, and some gorgeous images. Congrats to 3K and look forward to 5k, 10k, etc. Big day in the FM house for you and well done.

Take care,
Brian




Brian,
You are to kind!
I thank you HUGELY and for stopping by!
BeeBalm



Sep 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


Some lovely shots here BeeBalm, worthy of your 3,000th post.

Paul



Sep 11, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Me Very EXCITED!! Lots of Practice then I Did It! (9)


David Leask wrote:
Excellent shots and great info BB, I enjoyed all
Congrats on 3k
David


David,
So glad you enjoyed my whole thread
So very much appreciated!!!
BeeBalm



Sep 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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