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  1. I tested 'warbler' before starting the game and had to scroll through the list as usual.
  2. You'll also have to wrap your head around the fact that zooming in or out is another variable in the depth of field calculations that needs considering. Are we having fun yet? 😁
  3. I may have used the wrong words when I said "either side". I meant in front of or behind the focal plane, the focal plane is the same across the image from side to side. Sorry if my wording confused you.
  4. A good lesson for depth of field is getting down low and shooting an object at ground level. You can actually see the focal plane form a line across the ground and see it change size as you adjust the aperture.
  5. A wide open aperture of f/2.4 is a very desirable feature, especially in low light situations or when a really fast shutter speed is desired. There are some draw backs though, depth of field being very shallow at f/2.4 being the main thing. Using guesstimates for a close approximation, shooting at 400mm with f/2.4 at a distance of 25 feet will give you a focal plain of approximately 1 inch, anything on either side of that inch will be out of focus, or less than perfectly sharp. At f/8 your focal plane expands to about 2.5 inches. For comparison, F/2.4, 400mm at 100 feet distance gives you about 16 inches of focal plane, which should be plenty for an individual bird but might leave the majority of a flock of birds out of focus. As nice as F/2.4 can be, it isn't the best setting for everything. The link below allows you to select camera model, focal length, f/#, and focal distance to calculate the depth of field which may be helpful in determining approximates for certain situations. https://dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
  6. I recommend setting two parts of the exposure triangle at fixed levels and letting the camera control just one part of the exposure, if you're using one of the automated modes. Using my preferred Aperture mode as an example, if I set my ISO to 400 and my Aperture to f/8, the camera will give me a shutter speed of 1/xxx, if I increase my ISO to 800 the camera will automatically double my shutter speed. If I were to change my Aperture from f/8 to f/4, that would also double my shutter speed. If I only set one part of the exposure triangle to a fixed setting, then I am left with the camera deciding how to balance the other two parts of the exposure and can only hope it gets it right. If I used exposure compensation for a brighter exposure, the camera could decide to decrease my shutter speed instead of increasing my ISO, never mind increasing the ISO to its preset max limit. Automated settings are great, but they need to be nudged in the right direction at times and that's hard to do when the camera is left in control of 2/3 of the exposure. Just more food for thought from someone who doesn't really know what he's talking about.
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  8. birdie πŸ¦… #615: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
  9. ISO works just like the aperture and shutter speed, it's adjustments affect how bright or dark your image is. Increasing the ISO will make the image brighter when needed, such as low light situations at dusk or dawn. If you already have a balanced exposure and increase the ISO, the image will be overexposed until the exposure triangle is balanced out with faster shutter speed, which are needed/desired for action shots. If you haven't tested your camera's ISO limits, try setting it to a fixed 400, 800, and 1600, and/or the numbers in between, for a few sessions and compare the results. If your ISO is automated with a set limit, increasing that limit won't give you control of the ISO. You will need fixed ISO settings for this test to see how ISO performs on your camera. You may find that it gets too noisy for your tastes, or you might find the faster shutter speeds are worth the trade off. Definitely something I would suggest playing around with to see if the results are a positive or negative for your shooting conditions. Just keep in mind that noise shows up more in underexposed photos so it can be an advantage to expose on the brighter side when using higher ISO settings.
  10. I'm of the opposite mind set. I start with a higher ISO of 800 or 1600, sometimes 3200, because I can, and usually only lower the ISO if my shutter speed is 1/1600s or faster. I admit to not being all that steady when handholding so I need the faster shutter speeds for reducing camera shake as much as I desire the fast shutter for capturing those sudden action moments.
  11. If you're open to suggestions from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about, I'd suggest experimenting with higher ISO for faster shutter speeds, especially if you're handholding the camera. Your 6D should easily be able to shoot at ISO 800, or higher, without introducing too much noise, I think. I suppose it's personal preference but I prefer to have my shutter speed high enough to capture those moments when a stationary subject suddenly becomes an active target, which helps to eliminate the chance of camera shake too. If you've already experimented with higher ISO and reached your own conclusions, then good for you for exploring your gear's limitations. If you're avoiding higher ISO settings just because everyone says that lower ISO is better, you may be limiting the camera's capabilities. A 'Food for thought' kind of example from decades ago. While photographing ducks on a river after sunset, I snapped a shot and quickly reviewed it on the LCD screen. The shot was ridiculously noisy to the point of losing detail to the overwhelming noise and a little underexposed. I was already shooting at ISO 400 with the aperture wide open and my shutter speed as low as I dared to go, but I didn't care about the noise, I just wanted to be able ID the two ducks so I cranked the ISO up to 1600 and tried again. I was baffled, the higher ISO shot had less noise than the lower ISO shot did. It was still on the noisy side but it was 10x better than the lower ISO shot. That was my first experiment with higher ISO and a lesson that taught me that higher ISO is not always a bad thing. A search for "ISO 1600 canon 6d birds" on Flickr shows that your camera/lens combo should be able to handle ISO 1600 without any trouble.
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  13. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #614: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
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  15. birdie 🐦 #613: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/ I typed in the family name that I suspected and got lucky when I picked a totally unknown bird from the list of possibilities.
  16. Yeah, I have an older free Flickr account and a newer paid account. The Imgur account still works but the link directly to the photos doesn't. I have changed that link in my signature with an explaination that you need to click the ALL button on the left to see my photos. Thanks for pointing out the broken link. πŸ‘
  17. I find the reflection interesting but distracting at the same time, or maybe the bird is distracting me from reflection. I like the photo but I'm not sure if it's because of the bird or reflection, definitely an interesting photo though. I admit to liking photos where the bird is the dominant feature in the image but I also save/share photos just because they're of interest to me, and not necessarily because they're my best. I went through your Flickr photos and the first thing I noticed, besides lots of great photos, was the fact that you have multiple albums. If you're hesitant about putting it in your Selected/Best of Album, perhaps you could find a spot for it in one of your other albums. Personally, I think these two images would look out of place beside the other photos in your Selected Album.
  18. Due to the family nature of the website, I can't begin to describe the visual that paints. 🀣
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  20. birdie πŸ¦… #612: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
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  24. birdie πŸ¦‰ #610: πŸŸ₯🟨πŸŸ₯🟨🟨🟩 https://birdiegame.net/
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