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I got out today and attempted to do some bird shooting. I am new to this bird thing, so go easy on me. I found some GBH's and some Pelicans. I will post some pelicans later.
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Your off to a good start. Flight shots are very tricky and it looks like #4 is in focus pretty well...
It seems that the head/eye are a little soft in the first 2. Are they heavy crops? On these small web shots it's hard to tell, but it looks like you might have a little front focus going on. I could be 100 % wrong of course because it's hard to say where the focus point was? Shooting on full frame you might have to stop down to get a little more DOF to keep large birds like herons in focus.. With GBH 1/1000th a sec is generally fast enough to stop motion as they fly pretty slow. Stationary you can lower if you are on a pod... If you stop down in good light you should have adequate shutter speed and you could push the 5D a little higher if needed in the ISO department.. Of course this is just my humble opinion... It gets very addicting very fast :)
 

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#4 for me ,because again, it's a view from an angle I've never seen before. Nicely done!
 
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Your off to a good start. Flight shots are very tricky and it looks like #4 is in focus pretty well...
It seems that the head/eye are a little soft in the first 2. Are they heavy crops? On these small web shots it's hard to tell, but it looks like you might have a little front focus going on. I could be 100 % wrong of course because it's hard to say where the focus point was? Shooting on full frame you might have to stop down to get a little more DOF to keep large birds like herons in focus.. With GBH 1/1000th a sec is generally fast enough to stop motion as they fly pretty slow. Stationary you can lower if you are on a pod... If you stop down in good light you should have adequate shutter speed and you could push the 5D a little higher if needed in the ISO department.. Of course this is just my humble opinion... It gets very addicting very fast :)
I didn't crop at all. It was pretty fun. It was kinda like fishing. I just kept waiting...and waiting...until I got some bites. This lens is not one I am used to either, so that might be part of the problem. I will just keep practicing. It is also very relaxing.
 

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Very nice captures for your first attempt Kathy. What lens did you use? Taking pictures of birds can become addicting and I agree with you it is relaxing. Wait until you try and shoot some pics of the little birds. Like your colors and sharpness.
 
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Very nice captures for your first attempt Kathy. What lens did you use? Taking pictures of birds can become addicting and I agree with you it is relaxing. Wait until you try and shoot some pics of the little birds. Like your colors and sharpness.
Thank you. I was using the Canon 300mm 2.8L with a 2x tele-converter.
 

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Wow, un-cropped! That explains it. With the 5dm3 and a 300 F2.8+2x TC your DOF is very small at close distances. Just an estimate, at 50 feet your DOF is only like 8" and at 100 feet a little under 3 feet! It is one of those things that are very easy to overlook when you first start shooting monster lenses!... When I'm shooting my Ospreys, I try to shot at F8 to make sure I get enough DOF to get them all in focus.

Bird photography is a really wonderful experience and allows you to view and appreciate a whole different side of nature. I'm constantly in awe of the things I see when I'm out there that I never took the time to notice...
 

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And so it begins...be careful, there's NO cure once you get bitten by the bird photography bug! ;)

These are quite nice, considering you're new to it. Better than anything I took when I started, by a long shot.
#4 is cool--and a shot I've been attempting for a while, but have yet to be happy with my results!--but if it were mine, I'd probably considering cropping it just a bit to make the heron take up as much of the frame as possible.

Wow, un-cropped! That explains it. With the 5dm3 and a 300 F2.8+2x TC your DOF is very small at close distances. Just an estimate, at 50 feet your DOF is only like 8" and at 100 feet a little under 3 feet! It is one of those things that are very easy to overlook when you first start shooting monster lenses!... When I'm shooting my Ospreys, I try to shot at F8 to make sure I get enough DOF to get them all in focus.

Bird photography is a really wonderful experience and allows you to view and appreciate a whole different side of nature. I'm constantly in awe of the things I see when I'm out there that I never took the time to notice...

^ AMEN to that! I honestly never much cared about birds. I'd watch a hawk or something really bright and colorful, but didn't really care to find out what they were, or sit and watch their activity. I had NO idea of some of the birds that are pretty common around here. Ospreys, double-crested cormorants, indigo buntings, all sorts of things I'd never seen before and now I realize they're everywhere, if you train yourself to look!
Sometimes, I just marvel at what I'm seeing, and at the great variety of birds there are; it's just FUN.
 

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