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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. Don't get me wrong @MichaelLong, I think your edit is an improvement over the original. It's just that I am noticing more and more photographers taking photos on heavily overcast days that are being processed to the point where they almost look like the sun was shining, thus my generalization about editing. I don't claim to know where the balancing scale tips, but I do think less is better when it comes to editing.
  2. Just an opinion on editing in general, from someone that doesn't really know what he's talking about. If you take a photo in less than ideal lighting and try to make it look like it was taken in ideal lighting, you're probably over doing it. Post processing is a great tool to enhance a photo, or transform a photo, where the line is drawn between the two is subject for debate.
  3. I didn't know they were the same size until I looked up the actual measurements after seeing them side by side. The Hairy measures 8.5 to 10.5 inches in length, the Red-bellied measures 9 to 10.5 inches in length. As the photo and numbers show, there is no real size difference between the two. I had always thought of Hairy Woodpeckers to be considerably smaller than Red-bellied Woodpeckers until now.
  4. BRDL 464 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ 🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  5. birdie πŸ¦† #347: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ©β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
  6. Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers sharing the feeder in a less than friendly manner. Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers sharing the same launching/landing/feeding spot on the tree with the Hairy showing a little more respect this time.
  7. Nice photo @Clip, very nice. Personally, I think the photo is misplaced, for lack of a better word. Since you've already posted it here in the LOL thread, I think it would have made an awesome contribution to the Best or Favorite Species thread where you only mentioned it. Definitely more of a Best of photo than a LOL photo to my eye, but a nice photo regardless of where you decided to post it.
  8. birdie πŸ¦‰ #346: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟨 https://birdiegame.net/ Did anyone else notice that a few potential candidates weren't in the list of options?
  9. I have too many photos of Northern Cardinals to pick one as my best or favorite, so I picked my best photo from yesterday.
  10. My only Screech Owl photo is an old one from an educational rehab centre.
  11. I've been disappointed with a lot of my photos due to the background I am stuck with while sitting out on the back porch. Since I sit in the same spot everyday, and the birds typically follow the same routine, I end up with a few decent photos of birds that are ruined by the ugly background. I decided to change the background of a few recent photos with a blurred photo of the tree that would be in the background if my ugly storage container wasn't in the way. Before After
  12. Welcome to this side of the forums, @rita. And thanks for your work on the other side. πŸ™‚
  13. Just a word of caution, @Snake Fingers, posting your home address online can expose you to potential problems. Using a generalization or description of the area is a lot safer than using your actual address. Shady characters are always looking to take advantage of someone's personal information when given the opportunity. Don't make it easy for them. πŸ™‚
  14. What if your wife didn't end up in Alaska with you? Would she still be disappointed that you were accidently sent way up north? πŸ˜„
  15. BRDL 453 πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ¦ 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  16. birdie πŸ¦† #336: 🟨🟨πŸŸ₯🟨🟨🟩 https://birdiegame.net/
  17. I suggest that you bookmark the forums while you're here so that you can easily find your way back next time.
  18. birdie πŸ¦‰ #335: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟨 https://birdiegame.net/
  19. BRDL 452 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸͺΆ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  20. Be sure to check your camera's compatibility with the teleconverter and lens, some cameras are limited to center point focus with a TC attached to certain lenses, I think.
  21. I'm not really sure what kind of suggestions you're looking for. I used Aperture Priority before going to manual mode. I used a tripod whenever possible because we're not as steady handholding a camera as we like to think we are. I believe I started using back button focus on the 7D, which was a game changer for me at the time. I'm not sure what else to suggest other than practice, practice, practice.
  22. Have you considered renting a lens for a test trial? Perhaps a 'try before you buy' rental might help you decide if one lens or the other is better suited to your needs. If you rent one lens and love it, there's no need for a second rental. If you aren't sure after the first rental, it might cost a bit extra to rent a second lens but you'll know that you're getting the lens that you like best, not the lens that other people like.
  23. I apologize, I was using a 2x converter with the 400 f/5.6 on the 7D, not the 1.4x. I did get it right about using the 1.4x III converter with the 100-400 II on the 7D II. While the 2x converter worked on the prime lens, it didnt see as much use as the 1.4x converter did. Images provided are just the quickest ones I could find with exif information still attached. Clicking the image will take you to my old Flickr site with the camera/lens/settings info.
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