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Everything posted by peter571

  1. I think this bird is a sandpiper--not sure which. SW Manitoba photographed 5/12/2019
  2. I am having a hard time identifying this shore bird. Found it yesterday in SW Manitoba.
  3. Photographed this bird in SW Manitoba yesterday. What bird is it?
  4. Photographed this bird well away from water on a fence post in a field. Yesterday SW Manitoba.
  5. Photographed these terns today in SW Manitoba
  6. Targeting-- getting the focus point in the view finder on the bird is the challenge. You might look into back focusing technique (if your camera allows you to do it). It can be very useful when targeting and shooting.
  7. Exactly! However, when shooting with a 300 mm or longer lens your f stop will likely be f5.6, f6.3, or f7.1 which will provide adequate depth of field as long as your focus point is on the bird. You can increase your depth of field by going to f8, f11 etc. but than a longer shutter speed becomes a factor.
  8. Hi Charlie I don't think you appreciate the the single point focus setting I specified for bird photography. When employed one places the little box in the viewfinder on the bird (like using a sight on a gun) and the bird and a little space around it will be in focus. Depth of field is almost irrelevant in this situation. My goal is to get an accurate color and detail of the bird not artistic effect Proper identification requires proper detail and realistic color. These three images should give you an idea what my settings will do.
  9. Hi Charlie For bird photography you don't need a great amount of depth of field as you want the bird to be in focus but preferably the background be blurred (otherwise it can act as a distraction). That means for a zoom lens indicated previously an f5.6, f6.3, or possibly f 7.1 setting. (The largest f-value available depends on the lens you have-- a professional lens in the 300 mm range would be f2.8, f4). Also, if you check-out multiple lens reviews you will find all lens will be sharpest when they are set to around f8 not at a wide open f-stop. The amount of light available will be a major factor--sunny (lots of light) will afford f7.1, f8 setting; a dull cloudy day a setting f5.6, or f6.3 would be a more suitable. The Nikon models I mentioned allow you to set the minimum shutter speed you want in the ISO category of the camera menu. By setting the maximum ISO high you want, say to 800, on a sunny day and using say f6.3 will guarantee the camera will use an automatic 1/1000 s or faster shutter speed. If there is not enough light for 1/1000 s speed the camera will automatically go to the next lower shutter speed, e.g. 1/800 s for a proper exposure. If you are not happy with that lower speed--raise the maximum ISO value to a higher number, e.g. 1600. (i.e. you control the shutter speed with the ISO value). However, understand that by raising the ISO value (sensor sensitivity) you will introduce digital noise in the JPG picture you take (the higher ISO setting the more noise) . The noise can be mitigated in post processing. Also, to some extent, the more expensive a camera the less noise will be introduced. At times, under very poor lighting conditions you may need to accept digital noise in order to get a picture.
  10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)-4879 by peter spencer, on Flickr Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  11. Hi Charlie I am an avid bird photographer with Nikon equipment so I can make recommendations for that brand. There are other good brands--I just don't have experience with them. What you are prepared to pay for a DSLR and lens will ultimately affect what equipment you get. With modern DSLR equipment you can preset your camera before you start and not have to readjust your settings for the rest of the day --i.e. your camera will behave as if its on automatic but you have set the parameters. For bird photography then: 1. single focus point, 2. center weighted light metering, 3. Aperture mode, 4. Setting your metering to sunshine, cloudy, open shade, etc., 5. setting the ISO high enough e.g. 800-1600 so that you shutter speed stays around 1/1000 s. Once this is done you are set to go. My suggestion is to buy a cropped sensor camera over a full framed one -- you will have more reach with a given lens. For example: a 300 mm lens on a cropped sensor camera will behave as if it were a 1.5 x 300 = 450 mm lens; on a full framed sensor camera it will be 300mm. You will have more reach. As for a body: D7000, D7100, or D7200 are great bodies to be had for affordable price. If you want the best birding body, the D500 is the one to get--it will cost more than twice the price of the others. As to lens: a minimum would be a 70-300 mm lens with VR. Nikon has a full frame 70-300 mm G VR lens which has been superseded by a newer version and should be reasonably priced. If you want the best birding lens than the 200-500 mm f5.6 VR lens is the way to go--its price is a bargain for what you get--it will set you back ~ $1500.00. It is also large and heavy and you might not want to carry it around for a full day of shooting-- I use it with a tripod. I am on Flickr and you can see my photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/enthalpy5/with/46863423585/
  12. Photographed this pair of ducks here in Winnipeg.today.
  13. I thought a Downey but there is some yellow on part of the breast which I have not seen before. Photographed it April 24 here in Winnipeg.
  14. Females are larger than males. The original photos posted does not provide any meaningful information as to size. here is another photo showing the male and female together.
  15. Photographed this female hawk yesterday here in Winnipeg. Is this a Cooper's hawk or a sharp-shinned Hawk?
  16. Gadwall Duck by peter spencer, on Flickr Gadwall duck
  17. Hairy Woodpecker- by peter spencer, on Flickr Hairy Woodpecker
  18. We had a warm day -2 C here in Winnipeg and I decided to take my camera into the bush. I stopped to take a photo of a White -breasted nuthatch and then noticed this owl huddled against the trunk of the tree. It likes dense cover and I positioned myself in different positions--I simply could not get a clear shot without some branch in the way.
  19. Northern Saw-Whet Owl Northern Saw-whet Owl -3874 by peter spencer, on Flickr
  20. The two photos are of the same bird photographed a few seconds apart as it moved around in the tree.
  21. White-breasted Nuthatch-9804 by peter spencer, on Flickr
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