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Old 28th October 2012
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Autumn birds

I've been away from the forum for a few days as I hosted and delivered my first photography workshop! This took a lot of my time away from online stuff. All went well and we had a good 2 days of banter and I made some good contacts.

I took a break from preparing for more talks & workshops and got back to what started it all - photographing my local birds in the woods (all done on E5 & Zuiko 70-300mm):


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Camera Olympus E-5
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 300 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV

Male Chaffinch by Danny Gibson, on Flickr

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Camera Olympus E-5
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.5
Focal Length 252 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV

Blue Tit by Danny Gibson, on Flickr

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Camera Olympus E-5
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/5.5
Focal Length 252 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV

Coal Tit by Danny Gibson, on Flickr

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Camera Olympus E-5
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 202 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV

Female Chaffinch by Danny Gibson, on Flickr

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Camera Olympus E-5
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 179 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV
And finally one of my feeding stations I setup and move around the woods - this one is getting mullered by a squirrel....I don't particularly like them, but I can't help but photograph the little buggers.

Grey Squirrel by Danny Gibson, on Flickr


Thanks for looking, and as per previous feedback I've tried to put the exif on the post this time

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Re: Autumn birds

They're all good but No1 of the male Chaffinch is a cracker.Totally sharp with a lovely creamy OOF background.
You seem to have a knack of getting the lighting just right,something which I seem to struggle with.

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Re: Autumn birds

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They're all good but No1 of the male Chaffinch is a cracker.Totally sharp with a lovely creamy OOF background.
You seem to have a knack of getting the lighting just right,something which I seem to struggle with.

Well done.
Cheers Andy - a simple trick I use is to "chase the light" - that log and upright twigs in the last squirrel shot is something I put together myself, and then I move it around where the nice light falls through the woodland canopy, its cheating a wee bit I know, but you have to play to your strengths!
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Re: Autumn birds

A very nice set of images here.
I especially like no1, but they are all very very good.
Now that I am back in action I intend taking some nice bird shots if I can.
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Re: Autumn birds

Superb shots Danny, as ever. Great tip about setting up a location, I've done it (unsuccessfully) with a Kingfisher perch in our local stream, never thought about the woodland. How long does it stay there before the wildlife uses it?
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Re: Autumn birds

Great series with the first being extra special with that perfect pose & lighting. I like your method of keeping the natural lighting on your subjects. And thanks for including the EXIF details too.
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Re: Autumn birds

Very impressive with the 70-300.
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Very impressive with the 70-300.
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I was thinking this scrolling down (I looked for Lens info on Flickr exif ) you sure are getting a great image with that lens Danny
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Re: Autumn birds

Thanks all for the kind comments, I never tire of our more common bird species

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Superb shots Danny, as ever. Great tip about setting up a location, I've done it (unsuccessfully) with a Kingfisher perch in our local stream, never thought about the woodland. How long does it stay there before the wildlife uses it?
Very little time mate, I always have a bucket of food mix with me - just the right mix for all the birds that will visit, sunflower seeds/hearts, niger, kibbled peanuts, half peanuts, and suet chunks. Once that goes down in an out of sight area, they come straight in for a wee looksee

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Re: Autumn birds

Lovely set of pictures Danny, with some lovely autumn sunlight.
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Now that is something I SHOULD DO thanks for this tip Danny
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Re: Autumn birds

Nice series and tips.
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Re: Autumn birds

Try setting up thinner perches and avoid cut off ends.
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Re: Autumn birds

Cracking shots Danny

One of my contacts on flickr has a whole set up in some woods somewhere. Might be of interest to you and perhaps give you some more ideas.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4644314...1/in/contacts/

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Wow! Do you use a hide?
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