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Yes I am lucky enough to get good visiting birds, 14 species during the RSPB garden bird watch, over 1 hour. This morning had sparrows, dunnock, all shades of tits, chaffs, song thrush, blackbirds, and a kite flew overhead!
I must do a similar count. But that is good in just one hour.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I have moved my post from Photo Fair to this thread as I wpild like to share experiences, advice and thought about taking good photos ofthe magnificent kingfisger.
So I uploaded some of my favorite shots in my gallery and you can find more (not neccessarily better) on my FLICKR
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2018 gallery : https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfnnfiU
aloder gallery : https://flic.kr/s/aHskVusXPL
Any critique is welcome.
I often shoot with Nikon and Canon toting friends and we each have our indivdual style.
I prefer to use rather limited post processing, accepting noise and a neccessary evil and also limit cropping, so I can show the bird in it natural surroundings.
Should I reconsider moreextensive cropping, sharpening and noisereduction in your opinion?
And what makes a good kingfisher shot in your eyes?



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Two B/H Gulls and the first of the year Mediterranean Gull...............
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I would like to share experiences, advice and thought about taking good photos of the magnificent kingfisher.
I did look at your Flickr gallery when you first posted the pictures and I'm glad to talk about them.

Firstly, there are many more pictures there and it is well worth anyone here having a look at your gallery. Some I think are crackers. Like this one, which is a really lovely catch and speaks to what I feel makes a lovely kingfisher shot.

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picture by Flemming Sørensen, on Flickr

The reason I like it is it gives a sense of the location, shows some behaviour and is a good image (visual and photographic). The two flight shots of the four pics you selected remind me of what I see most often when I'm out. And I manage to achieve similar images with my Canon system. I admire what many achieve with Olympus, but struggle to achieve it myself. So I use Olympus for close up nature where it excels (for me)

I agree that low light and noise is an issue particularly in the dark streams and pools you will be working at (Canon crop system too). But that is a given. You probably don't see it on prints, but online sharing has made us all obsessive about sharpness, noise and detail. I look back at prints and slides and remember a far more forgiving age. We should all make more prints.

So my input to you would be share as many kingies as you wish, I for one will envy every one. It may well spark a memory or trigger a wish to go and look for my own again. It is a lovely bird and I wish I could see it every day.
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@Artframes Thank you very much for your reply Peter, your thoughts are very much in line with what I try to express.
And regarding Prints: I alway choose about 24 shots at the end of the year, that I print and keep in a book.
Regarding gear: I think it is more important to get the best out of what you have, rather than think about what one could achieve with a better (more expensive) equioment, Each system has its own strenghs and weaknesses, but I have seen fabolous kingfisher shots captured by an amateur shooting Nikon 1. Your Canon is certainly a competent camera,
One thing about Olympus EM1: I tend to try to keep ISO very lowoften ending up using a much too low shutter speed due to the incredible efficient IBIS.
But sometimes an ISO 1600 shot is actually better than a similar ISO 400, but it is a nasty habit that I have a very hard time trying to cure.
I took an quick look at your gallery and is very impressed, espcially with the photo of the Stoat https://flic.kr/p/23GADqz This I envy you.
Recently I found that I shoot more photos and show fewer, trying to share only those I find either most beautiful or more interesting for others.
THis SUnday I will lout shooting kingfishers again at my favorite spot, and I hope to capture a diving kingfisher using Pro-capture mode.
Happy shooting to everyone no matter what you use
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Black and white - ravens and egrets from the past couple of weeks. All taken with the EM1 mk2 and 300mm f4 +1.4TC:

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Cormorant Today. Kenfig Pool.

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Water Rail - apparently quite rare up here in the north of Scotland
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Great shot of a shy bird. Well done.
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Herring Gulls sharing some edible leftovers. (The smaller in the background is a Common Gull)

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Bold Blackbird...........

He was quite happy for me to photo him from about 10 feet. I eventually had to walk past him, he had no problem with that either...
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