The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 41, April 6, 2014
Well spring has come again; I wonder how many times we’ll have it this year?!
The weather was fine today so I got up to my favorite rookery for an hour or so. Tomorrow I plan to go to Lodi, the Crane area, though I don’t expect much n the way of Cranes, good time of the year for other birds, though.
Got a few Black Crown Night herons for you today.
Also a note for E-M1 users
Cheers and Chirps,
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Olympus announced an update to V.1.3 this week. (Strange I never heard of a v1.2)
- Dynamic range has been expanded when using an external microphone. The sound level adjustment has been changed to adjust to 21 levels in accordance with this.
- A function to turn the Volume Limiter on and off was added.
When it is on, it automatically limits the microphone input volume if sound input volume exceeds the designated level.
- Camera operation when the Frame Rate of live view is [High] have been improved.
- A "0" second setting has been added to Anti-Shock mode.
When this setting is enabled and the shutter speed is 1/320 or less, the first shutter curtain is switched from mechanical to electronic to reduce blur caused by shutter impact. Please note, continuous shooting is not available when using the "0" second Anti-Shock setting.
A few Mergansers passing through the territory and I managed to grab a couple of shots albeit pretty average and heavily cropped.
Shot with E5 and Bigma--All shot at ISO 800--F8
I had something else in mind until the Downy woodpecker stopped by to do a little work on the Dogwood....All taken with the E-30 and the 70-300mm lens @ 300mm; f/8@1/500sec;ISO 800 – getting ready to work
start to work –
Getting to the heart of the matter ...
Considering the next move....
The sequence as shown is not the sequence as shot but I think it tells a better story this way............Comments and critiques are welcomed and thanks for taking the time to stop by ….
captured on the SE coast of Australia back in February.
The conditions were overcast and rainy, not the best light for BIF.
All hand-held, raw PP using LR5.3, cropped to 25% and downsized
These are Crested Terns,
returning from fishing to rest and to feed their young
In this sequence the bird is using its feet as a flight control surface
The next 2 are not sequntial
Great shots on a difficult, fast moving sibject!
New Holland Honeyeater
Superb Fairy Wren(female)
Here are a few from this week. Some from the wetlands and small birds from a park.All images made with the E-M1 and the m75-300mm lens. All at ISO 400.
These images were made in a local park with the E-M1 and the m75-300mm lens. Some of the images were made using the in-camera doubling because of the small sizes of the birds. All images at ISO400.
Very nice series of a bird that one doesn't see in the open very often. We rarely get BIF images of this guy.
These are a few I took in the last few days, spring has definitely "Sprung"! All with the EM-1, 50-200 SWD and EC14. C & C welcome!
Cropped for this effect
I hope you enjoy!
I Posted some KF's last week when I went outto test some lenses and EC's here are a few that I either glanced over or had to do some works on. I had a problem with the Pied King fisher with blown highlights due to the black and very bright whites. CPA blew the highlights and spot either overexposed of really blew the highlights. This is not a E-5 problem all the other people I talk to have the same problem. Anyway I used RawTherapee to recover the highlights. Its a grat package but a bit unstable on my system.
All of these images are crops. I was amazed at the resolution on both of these lenses as lot of these crops are 100% I.E. a 1:! pixel crop. A few are actually enlarged I.E. 800 unscaled to 1024. One thing I have noticed with the SHG lenses is the inclination to overexpose a bit.
Any way here they are. Some are not that great but shown for interest sake. These where mostly taken with the 90-250 and the EC14 as I wanted to really run this combo though its paces. The bigma took its normal great pictures. I was happy with the 90-250.
This is actually my favorite of the whole bunch. And its not a KF.
Read Warbler. ( 100% crop)
OK Now the KF's
Pied KF there where 2 different birds.
Unscaled for 800 pixels
OK and Now the other stuff.
Purple Swamp Hen
Read warbler again different but I liked it.
(Aficionado Olympus DSLR )
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (George Carlin)
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