6 Bird Shots - trying to get tips for improvement - C&C welcome

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  1. Infinite_Day

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    As the title says. I know some of them have slight focus issues. Very light editing on an uncalibrated laptop monitor so I don't know how goo they'll look to those who have calibrated monitors. I'm trying to improve my skills with the 300 f/4 + 1.4TC combo. Any suggestions and comments are appreciated. I know it's a couple more shots than most people like to look at but I rarely post my images on here. Thanks for your time!

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    Too mnay for individual C&C. For this type of shot... these are good. Focus is sharp on several...(you obviously know which ones you missed, or your wouldn't have mentioned it!). Color and exposure is pretty good. Since birds are not really that cooperative, not much your can do about the busy backgrounds.. except look for shots with better backgrounds, or clean the shots up in pp! Some tighter crops to emphasize the subjects better would be nice, if you have enough image to do so. You seem to be using ROTS in some of them... and are framing to allow some room where they are looking... which is good.

    Have you seen these? : Secrets of Digital Bird Photography Bird Photography Tutorial 6: Basic Composition

    They may be helpful!

    Love the ?loon? shot on bottom. Obviously a foggy day.. but if you up the contrast some, I think it might improve detail.
     
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    Thanks for the links, Gipson. I will certainly check them out. There was a fair amount of image cropped from a couple of them. Even with the 300mm with the TC on a DX body it's still hard to got frame filling shots of songbirds in the wild. The last one is actually a cormorant and, yes, it was a very foggy morning. Every once in a while you can catch them migrating through my area in late fall. I was actually staking out a bald eagles nesting area. Didn't manage to get any good shots of the one eagle that was there. It was too far up the backwater perched in a tree and I don't have permission from the landowner to go in.
     
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    Cool! Keep at it.. the more you shoot, the better you get.. and the more likely you are to get an image (when nature cooperates) that will blow us all away! :) Love the variety of birds you have! I think I have one decent small bird shot... that is it. It is NOT easy! :)

    Scrub Jay (what do you think?)

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    Not a bad shot at all. Too bad his head wasn't turned up a bit more so you could have got some light in the eye. Here's two more that I got from a distance. These are just cropped and sharpened a tiny bit to keep the noise down.

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    Gorgeous shots.. look really good on Flickr! I wish I had that kind of variety here.. or maybe I am just not noticing! I did see a what I think was a woodpecker yesterday, that had a crooked beak.. got some shots, but it would not let me get a decent one. Only got the backside! lol!
     
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    Very good shots. I shoot birds quite a bit even though I normally can't tell one from the other except for the obvious species. They are most assuredly challenging ;) Some of mine are Here but I need to clean up that page some and weed out some of the bad shots.

    I Really like the first one. I think it's because the background matches her coloring so well, but it's a really nice shot. I think the Cormorant would be better if it were more tightly cropped. The branch on the right side of the frame isn't adding anything to the shot and there is a lot of open water. It looks better to me if that branch and the water to the left of it are cropped out.
     
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    Some lovely shots there, Scott! Quite a variety! I saw a beautiful male Merganser yesterday.. but couldn't get close enough for a decent shot. They just don't cooperate, do they! lol!
     
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    Thanks, Charlie. No, they do not cooperate at all! There is a park here in Nashville with a small lake. In the middle of the lake is an island and on that island lives a Black Crowned Night Heron (I only know because I asked someone what it is). The bird never leaves that island and it's only about 10" tall. He sits in the same place and mocks me because he knows full well I don't have enough lens to get a good shot of him.
     
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    Uhhh... RENTAL! :) lol!
     
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    I've got a 500mm lens with a 1.4 TC on a crop-sensor camera! I'm already up to a meter!
     
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    Which 500 do you shoot... I am seriously considering something in that range! Sigma?
     

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