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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. I am far from an expert but I am glad to share what I can. When I process a photo I start by cropping to get the composition I want which usually involves zooming in until the bird fills a majority of the frame without hitting the point of pixelation. I try different crop sizes and decide on one that suits the setting, posture, and activity of the bird for artistic purposes, when desired. Once the image has been cropped I adjust my exposure and contrast, often starting out with the software's Auto setting and seeing if I like the simple one click adjustment for exposure and contrast. If I don't like the Auto adjustments I will undo them and make my own adjustments, starting with exposure and contrast and then working through my other adjustment options depending on the software I'm using at the time and how creative I want to get. There's some trial and error in finding the right settings, but the Auto adjustment usually gets it pretty close most of the time. I don't have a specific workflow or really know how to explain what I am doing except that I try to emphasize the bird in the photo in a pleasing composition. After cropping and tweaking the image, I export the image. This is where I set the image quality to 100% and resize the image if I want to upload it. I never resize to a larger size, I only reduce image size for uploading to websites like Whatbird that don't allow for high resolution images. I'm not sure that helps but that is the simplified version of my photo processing. Sorry for the delayed reply but I started this earlier and just got back to finish it now.
  2. Saw my first Red-winged Blackbirds this morning. MJ heard them a few day ago but this was the first sighting of the season for us.
  3. Cropping always helps with bird photography, in my opinion, unless the bird fills the frame appropriately for the desired results from the original photo. I crop all of my photos so the subject is large enough to show the details I want to share. I don't want a picture of a tree with a bird in it, I want a picture of a bird in a tree, if that makes sense. Now there's limit there, if you need to crop an image to the point that you are only left with a thumbnail sized image or the image gets distorted with noise/speckling, well you've cropped too much for the size/quality of your image. There's also the issue of Whatbird compressing uploaded images, an image that needs to be zoomed in to see good detail on your computer won't zoom in the same when uploaded to the website. If an image is cropped before being uploaded, there is less compression likely to happen and the need for zooming in is greatly reduced. If you crop and resize(two different things) your photos, you can reduce or eliminate the compression effect and maintain more of the original image quality.
  4. Good point @Charlie Spencer. If @Candydez12 hasn't already done so, she should set her camera to take the largest photos possible. Although it makes for large file sizes and fills the memory card quicker, larger photos have more pixels to work with and leave more pixels and detail after cropping.
  5. I think we should all start doing that, and for you dirty old men, I don't mean ogling the young ladies. After picking a winner, the photo provider should post their own caption, too.
  6. I just realized that I may have erred in saying the video was for Windows 10, it is for Windows but I don't use Windows and can't be sure the video is applicable for Windows 10. If the video seems outdated to your operating system, a google search of "How to crop a photo in Windows (insert your version # here)" should provide the right info for your operating system.
  7. I'm not sure how you're cropping your photos or what software you're using, @Candydez12, but this video shows you how to do it in Windows 10, which you may find helpful.
  8. Had I read this post first, I wouldn't have said the same thing in the previous post I read.
  9. I agree. I think @Candydez12 is looking for more from her camera than the camera can provide. While I don't want to sound discouraging, if the bird is just a speck in the viewfinder and barely visible, it's probably not worth taking the picture. While a quality camera used with the proper techniques might be able to catch detail that can be extracted from distance shots like this, it's not easily done even with the best of gear in the hands of the best photographers. It's one thing to take a photo of birds on the other side of the street, it's another thing to try and take a photo of birds at the far end of a football field. Binoculars might not capture the detail like a camera does, but they will probably provide better viewing and allow you to see more detail than the camera can capture at those longer distances.
  10. Good question @gstacks. If asked, I would refer to a Canada Goose with something like, That's a Canada Goose, except when there's more than one and then my brain would wrongly change my response to, Those are Canadian Geese. Don't ask me why I have no problem saying Canada Goose when there's only one but have such a hard time pluralizing Canada Geese. Canadian Geese just rolls off the tongue easier than Canada Geese for me.
  11. Cutting oranges in half and mounting them out in the open where they're visible to migrating Orioles passing through might help lure them to your yard. I suggest using halves instead of slices, halves won't dry out as quickly as the slices that dry out from both sides, and halves can be rehydrated with water or fresh orange juice. Suet cages can also be used to hold the orange halves and prevent them from being carried away by squirrels, which also like oranges. As for buying an oriole feeder for nectar, I would recommend one myself. Orioles will frequent hummingbird feeders but the perches are usually too small for them, which makes for some pretty entertaining attempts to get nectar but usually the feeder tips enough from the Orioles weight that the nectar starts to pour out of the feeding ports. Oriole feeders are designed for the heavier Orioles and have the bigger perches to accommodate their size. Hummingbirds will also take advantage of an Oriole nectar feeder so yeah, I'd recommend getting one.
  12. Don't ignore me when I'm talking to you!!!
  13. Perhaps because they don't know everything there is to know about birds like you do, but maybe they know enough to question things they're not 100% sure about, or maybe they just want verification of what they THINK they know. My question is, Why question anyone that doesn't speak with confidence when they ask for help?
  14. I think in this case, the main reason for not seeing the rump would simply be that the bird is facing the wrong direction.
  15. I believe @The Bird Nuts will be choosing a new bird sometime today.
  16. Thanks for the reminder @Bird Brain. I pick @Kerri's CPR post as the winner.
  17. You might try uploading your video to youtube and then share the link here. Your video should be viewable without any need for downloading it.
  18. Don't forget to look behind you, too. We tend to focus on what is in front of us, but it's worth stopping and turning to look behind yourself now and then.
  19. @Aveschapines, Clean up in aisle 4...*ducks for cover* Seriously, I appreciate how you manage the forums, and your patience in doing so. ??
  20. Is Sean any good with that Trumpet? (aren't typos great)
  21. While I'll admit that the harsh weather can be hard on birds and some will succumb to the cold, I don't think it would happen specifically to just one species. One thing that makes me wonder about this event, is the fact that so many birds were in the nest boxes. While I have only observed nest boxes from roadside viewing, I have never seen birds near them other than during breeding season. Is it typical for birds to seek shelter in nest boxes outside of nesting season? If so, do just bluebirds use bluebird boxes for shelter or might there be a battle with other birds over who gets shelter and who doesn't? We see birds frequenting our ornamental bird houses but only in the spring when they're looking for somewhere to nest. We've never seen birds coming and going from the bird houses any other time of year. Have I been missing out on activity in the off seasons?
  22. That's a good question. The reviews I've read never mention it folding up accidentally. There were a few comments about tip overs and how the cargo net of one model helped prevent spillage during a tip over. Here's the link to the their website with more details and reviews. https://macsports.com
  23. @floraphile I have also been considering some of the collapsable wagons for hauling my gear around. It looks like Mac Sport has various styles to choose from and is available at Costco and Amazon.
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