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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Had a good day yesterday out in the sunshine with a good friend. We saw both little egrets and great white egrets and I got in flight shots I'm proud of but not able to post here. And took pictures of a pair of GWE standing side by side in full view. An amazing day seeing what are to me very rare sights.

He was shooting with an Olympus EM5 with a Swarovski scope. I will be seeing his shots tomorrow, he says they are soft, but if I can find a good example from his pictures I may be able to add one here.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I'll post something a little different, a summer shot as winter arrived here yesterday.



A Little Grebe in summer plumage. A film shot from the 80's taken in Shropshire. Not a scan, I'm experimenting with copying slides with a camera.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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Had a good day yesterday out in the sunshine with a good friend. We saw both little egrets and great white egrets and I got in flight shots I'm proud of but not able to post here. And took pictures of a pair of GWE standing side by side in full view. An amazing day seeing what are to me very rare sights.

He was shooting with an Olympus EM5 with a Swarovski scope. I will be seeing his shots tomorrow, he says they are soft, but if I can find a good example from his pictures I may be able to add one here.
The Egret flight shots look very good indeed Peter. I would have had no end of problems trying to photograph a white bird against trees.

It is interesting to hear about your friend digiscoping with an E-M5. This guy lives near me and I sometimes see him out and about with his expensive and weighty gear. I have tried digiscoping in the past and have no desire to attempt it again.

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The Egret flight shots look very good indeed Peter. I would have had no end of problems trying to photograph a white bird against trees.

It is interesting to hear about your friend digiscoping with an E-M5. This guy lives near me and I sometimes see him out and about with his expensive and weighty gear. I have tried digiscoping in the past and have no desire to attempt it again.

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Hi Ron

Unfortunately the postman hasn't brought the pictures today so I cannot post them. I looked at Danny's site - my friend is also a Swarovski ambassador and endorses their kit. I agree to me it is large and awkward and would take me a while to get used to it. But the focal lengths are very useful in a hide. Not for flying birds though.

These are a few of Dennis's pictures on Swarovski's blog from a trip to France we made. I took the picture of him with the swan in the UK at the same reserve we photographed the egrets at. I have some fun ones of him popping the swan back over the fence (stupid bird crashed on a footpath and was in a blind panic)

Thank you for looking at Flickr and for your kind words. I hope Olympus eventually gets me a solution that will be able to select a moving bird and not the background. But I think the canon is great. For everything else my EM5 mk2 is perfect. I worry that even the 300mm lens will not be the answer for birds.
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I'll post something a little different, a summer shot as winter arrived here yesterday.



A Little Grebe in summer plumage. A film shot from the 80's taken in Shropshire. Not a scan, I'm experimenting with copying slides with a camera.
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How are you doing the copying. I have seen several ways described. Some quite elaborate.

I have a number of slides which I ought to digitise but i haven't used my film scanner for ten years or more and after I moved to mac I doubt that it still functions.
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How are you doing the copying. I have seen several ways described. Some quite elaborate.

I have a number of slides which I ought to digitise but i haven't used my film scanner for ten years or more and after I moved to mac I doubt that it still functions.
I'm still experimenting with light sources. I have a slide copier that screws onto the front of my OM 50mm macro. The above was taken with the OM macro using daylight. I'm going to try the 4/3 50mm at some point but will have to get a step down ring. I've dug my light box out to test as a light source. There's probably 100 bird species in my files I don't have a scan of which is why I'm going to start experimenting. My film scanner takes 10 minutes per scan and produces 112Mb files so I'm looking to speed the process up and not to fill my storage up as fast.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

A lovely morning tempted us out to Hengistbury Head for coffee & brunch (we also had a long walk and found a fair few birds to have a pop at with my new "hybrid" system.

We were lucky enough to be briefly visited by a small mob of LTTs, the first I have seen in a long while and as always, they cheered me up with their busy little lives, here are three shots, each is a large crop, down to around 100 pixels on the longest side, shot at 300mm wide open

LTT 6-1-16 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr


not a great shot but I loved the pose in the air and the beak wide open shouting

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Very nice Brian. The first one is a cracker. The forecast was for heavy rain here all day today as usual, so I didn't go out. In the event it was dry and moderately bright for most of the time. Bloomin' weather forecasters.

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Thanks Ron, yep our forecasters are the classic demo of "all the gear and no idea"!

We had a much better day than forecast too, not complaining about that though
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I wish this one had been sharp but it still made me smile

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Another seasonal one from me, male Eurasian Siskin, Cheshire.



Long time birders may have seen this before as it was used in one of the UK birding mags. I submitted shots with natural perches and one feeder shot. After the picture editor used the feeder shot I stopped shooting birds on feeders.
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Worth bothering with (Goldcrest recovery effort)

We spotted this Goldcrest in dark, wooded section of Hengistbury Head yesterday, it was flitting rapidly around the tree and as you will see from the original shot, was very difficult to spot.

As I haven't seen one for around 2 years now I thought it worth having a go to get the shot, even though shutter speed was slow and light poor.

I wondered what you thought of my attempts at trying to get something out of the shots (heavily cropped and post processed), would you have bothered?

goldcrest original by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

goldcrest heavily cropped & ppd by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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I was out with the fairies today - feeling light headed (boozy lunch) and my first day out in the sun for quite a while. Spotted the grebe almost against the sun in quite a shady area - the OM-D E-M1 seems to have done a reasonable job with the 40-150 lens attached.


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Brian love the hover long tailed tits, Barr1e shots of fairies?
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