New toys.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sjl, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. sjl macrumors 6502

    sjl

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    #1
    I splurged. One only battery grip for the 20D; one only flash (the 580 EX); and the 100-400mm zoom that I've been lusting after for a long time now.

    I had a quick play with the 100-400mm; two shots that I think were worth keeping (even if the exposure on one of them was a little bit out).

    This one was a pretty decent shot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/58114576@N00/204544620/
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    And this one, although a little underexposed, is still a damn fine shot in my opinion; I really must get hold of Aperture or equivalent and see if I can rescue it:
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    (NB: Taken in Adobe RGB, so the colours may be out on some displays.)
     
  2. Xander562 macrumors 68000

    Xander562

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    wow, pretty bird.

    all the birds around here are some shade of brown, grey, or black. :eek:
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

    dmw007

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    That is a very pretty bird. :)


    Nice pictures sjl! :)
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    Rainbow Lorikeet - very common bird around Australia. We have some really pretty birds here, lots of parrots and lorikeets and rosellas and cockatoos.
     
  5. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

    Buschmaster

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    Wow, I've never seen a bird like that! Nice capture with the feeding too!:)

    I'm jealous. My everest are birds and chipmunks.... Someday....
     
  6. sjl thread starter macrumors 6502

    sjl

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    Ooh! Shiny! Thanks for the tip; that one just jumped the queue of "gear to buy". :D

    And yes, as has been stated already, the bird I captured is extremely common in Australia. The tree is a flowering gum, which is a favourite of all sorts of lorikeets and rosellas. It's amazing; the birds camouflage incredibly well in those trees - you have to have a good eye, and a lot of patience, to catch them in a tree with a lot of foliage. I'm lucky: there's one slap bang next door to me, and I've managed to catch a few birds filling a large part of the frame (not as much as I'd like, but still a fair size) using just the 17-85.

    The feed is the main reason why I liked the second shot, and why I'm going to try to rescue the exposure. If I can get a similar shot with a good fill flash, though, I probably won't bother. I'm definitely going to have fun with this gear.
     

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