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21 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Thanks! I don't think my camera can get any sharper from the distance I was at. More like this?

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Unfortunately with any point and shoot camera, it’s very hard to get images with the same quality of DALR and mirrorless cameras/lenses. The main things you need to do to improve the thing of sharp shots you get is to make sure that your shutter speed is fast enough. However, when your shutter speed increases, you will need to have the ISO increase as well. I wouldn’t go beyond ISO 500 or 640 on that camera, because then it gets super grainy. Shutter speeds of 1/250-1/800 should be fine except for flight photos. 
 

Regarding the crop, do you mind if I show you how I would do it? 

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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

Unfortunately with any point and shoot camera, it’s very hard to get images with the same quality of DALR and mirrorless cameras/lenses. The main things you need to do to improve the thing of sharp shots you get is to make sure that your shutter speed is fast enough. However, when your shutter speed increases, you will need to have the ISO increase as well. I wouldn’t go beyond ISO 500 or 640 on that camera, because then it gets super grainy. Shutter speeds of 1/250-1/800 should be fine except for flight photos. 
 

Regarding the crop, do you mind if I show you how I would do it? 

Thanks, that would help a lot! You can go ahead and crop it.

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11 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Thanks, that would help a lot! You can go ahead and crop it.

 Did you watch the composition video I sent? You want more space where the bird is looking then behind it. Image whiauty is bad due to nor embedding from eBird. 
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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

 Did you watch the composition video I sent? You want more space where the bird is looking then behind it. Image whiauty is bad due to nor embedding from eBird. 
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Yeah, I watched it. For some reason it just feels a little weird to have it cropped like that. I really appreciate the help though.

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2 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yeah, I watched it. For some reason it just feels a little weird to have it cropped like that. I really appreciate the help though.

Yeah, I felt the same way when I started. Start paying attention to the crops of most people’s photos, especially those who are professionals or really good photographers. The only time you want the bird in the dead center of the photo is when it’s looking directly at the camera. Example below

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/517249571

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Not much going on today.  Threats of rain kept me away from where I wanted to be.  I had to keep my checklist streak alive though, so I made a quick stationary checklist.  Nothing spectacular, but I like the way I captured the blue eyelid on the ECDO with its eye mostly closed:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/551044241

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52 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Having a tough time deciding, there's something wrong with all of my shots. This place always has a robin. Weird tail-less bird, I think it's a female. Hopefully the crop is a bit better, thoughts appreciated.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/5511694711800.thumb.jpg.dc683c71021b4c7aa906585b6b9d13f0.jpg

Are you shooting at an angle? If you get on eye level with the bird it makes the photo a lot more appealing. I really like the cropping!

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26 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Are you shooting at an angle? If you get on eye level with the bird it makes the photo a lot more appealing. I really like the cropping!

I tried to get as close as I could to eye level, it was kind of hard because there was already an incline and I didn't want to scare it off because it was pretty close.

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2 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I tried to get as close as I could to eye level, it was kind of hard because there was already an incline and I didn't want to scare it off because it was pretty close.

I’ve found that once you get as low as possible with a bird on the ground, they become less scared of you. 

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20 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I tried to get as close as I could to eye level, it was kind of hard because there was already an incline and I didn't want to scare it off because it was pretty close.

I usually crawl about 25-40 feet before photographing the bird. It's nice when you don't have to crawl for that length though.

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Not sure why I never posted these to eBird and showed them here, well better late than never I guess. Maybe because I was not thrilled with them in the beginning, but seeing them come by with the screensaver a couple of times made me appreciate them more. Shot last year in May

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/551460261

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https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/551460301

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