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Backyard Birds (Photo Heavy)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by WestOkid, May 16, 2014.

  1. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Some of you may remember, about a month ago I bought the DH1758 and paired it with the 55210. I haven't had an opportunity to go somewhere to shoot so I have been experimenting in the backyard and around town while walking the dog.
    Either way, I have been enjoying the variety of the birds around town as I learn to shoot with the long lens. Here are some shots hope you all enjoy. All are handheld from 500mm+ effective focal lengths and cropped so expect them to be somewhat soft.

    House Finch
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    Blue Jay
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    House Sparrow
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    American Goldfinch
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    Black-capped Chickadee
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    Northern Mockingbird
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    White-Throated Sparrow
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    Sparrow
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    Northern Cardinal
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    Woodpecker
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Excellent shots !
     
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  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Great collection
     
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Wow! You really nailed those, Gary! They're all extraordinary!
     
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  5. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    These are great. I wish we had something besides boring ugly (small) birds here.
     
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  6. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Thanks guys. I am selling the combo so I wanted to post some shots before I let it go.

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  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Hmmm... Perhaps you should reconsider. ;)
     
  8. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    David - I believe it was either you or Ad that told me they tried the combination and could never get really comfortable with it. That's how I feel. It's a popular combo for several people, so it's really my problem. :confused:
     
  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I did have that combo, Gary, and sold them when I swapped my NEX-6 for the A7. But I never got those kind of images out of them. :thumbup:
     
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  10. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Yeah, fully agree. That combo seems to be working great for you Gary! I think these photos speak for themselfs :thumbup:
     
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  11. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Well, wasn't me at least because I only have the 55-210mm and it makes me angry every time I come across it.

    In general bird shots, like flower shots, don't do it for me but that second one is just great IMHO. :thumbup:
     
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  12. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    807
    May 5, 2014
    australia
    Chris
    great shots, also It seems like you know your birds ;);)
     
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  13. pworden

    pworden TalkEmount Veteran

    325
    Aug 26, 2013
    State College, PA
    Patti
    For close-up bird shots, I have to say my old Canon SX50 is so easy and gives excellent results. Inexpensive and worth a look for wildlife photography.
    http://flic.kr/p/ef3uN4


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  14. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Funny you say that, after much research that's what I went with. Wasn't sure if I should bring that up in this forum.
    I am finding that no system does everything for everyone perfectly. Instead of trying to force the issue, it made more sense to focus on my needs and pick a tool that could meet them.



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  15. pworden

    pworden TalkEmount Veteran

    325
    Aug 26, 2013
    State College, PA
    Patti
    Yes, agreed. I wrote that response last night and then had second thoughts about it! I gave that camera to my daughter when I bought my NEX, and I definitely miss it for certain things, like our trip to the zoo last week. Her shots beat mine for really "getting in there" and in fact beat my brother's shots from his Canon 7D with 400mm lens.


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