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10 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Cattle Egret from a month ago in some horrible lighting

While front lighting does usually look better, with some birds unique lighting like this can be very cool and add an unique element to the shot. Those sparkly highlights in the background are actually pleasing to me, and I think it’s working well with white birds especially. Nice photo, I’ve yet to see one. Maybe when I head to Florida in a few weeks. 

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35 minutes ago, IKLland said:

That’s a really sharp photo! But, I’ve found that with this lens, you can get sharper shots if you go to f/8, or even f/9. 

Thanks for the tip man! I really gotta experiment more, I usually just cheat and leave aperture on auto. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find some cooperative subjects to work with. 

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1 hour ago, Birding Boy said:

Thanks for the tip man! I really gotta experiment more, I usually just cheat and leave aperture on auto. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find some cooperative subjects to work with. 

I recommend shooting manual mode with auto ISO. 

1 hour ago, BirdNrd said:

How come you have 10+ more ratings than me even though I posted a little bit before you?

His photo probably got to the top photos really quickly, and some ratings came from there. 

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The only bird I photographed yesterday. In our backyard while taking a break from cleaning the house. We had one Chipping Sparrow at the feeder during this time frame who did not move at all. It didn't even move after the hawk left for over 10 minutes. I finally went back inside and the Chipping Sparrow was till frozen in place.

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One of the powerful things about taking pictures is the memories and stories that go with them.  Hiking yesterday, I came across several Northern Mockingbirds.  I can't pass a mockingbird without thinking of the line by Harper Lee in "To Kill a Mocking bird" by Atticus Finch to Scout "Remember, It's a sin to kill a Mockingbird".  Scout asks her teacher what it means and she says: "'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy…but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."    Yesterday I was taking pictures of a mockingbird sitting at the top of a tree, using a pretty high shutter speed and two finches flew in for a visit.1533984694_Mockingbirdwithfinches.thumb.jpg.c3c394d3319de6067304216b3f02a11b.jpg

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