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Home Birds – the pheasants 2

Posted in photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2008 by overread

Right back to the caged birdies again, and again time was against me, preventing me from sitting out in the cages for the more flighty birds. Getting the lighting right was also tricky, as some pens would not let be get the light behind.

All taken with:
Cannon EOS 400D
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lens
Tripod
For settings save pic to pc and review properties

Within the pens


I increased the darkness of shadows in this one to counter the glare off his white feathers


Great one of the female, but such a shame her tail is missing – they were just a little too close to my camera to get all of the bird into the shot at the time.

Well this one was taken in a pen, but the angle of the pen meant that I could not move round and get the bird with the light fully behind me and thus shining on him.
OUSIDE the pens
HIMALAYAN MONAL – male

A crop of a larger shot, this focusing on his head. This has to be my most favoured picture to date – wonderful colouring on the bird and great sharpness to him. Taken through the bars – but such that the bars have no effect on the shot — wonderful!

The full bird – wonderful colours all over this one.
LADY AMHERST – male

The full bird, but infortunatly to get him all in the bars had to appear as well!


This is a shot that I have played around with quite a bit and I will put up a separate blog for this one – as it deserves a little bit more space (and writing time!)

Lessons learnt
1) White birds really are a pain to shoot (don’t read that in the wrong context!!!)
2) Sometimes the best shots appear when you least expect them to

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Home Birds – the waterfowel 2

Posted in duck, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2008 by overread

Well my second trip to the pond – this time I learnt from my last trip – I checked the settings on the camera and I also got the light behind me as I shot away:

Page now edited with new re-edited versions of all the shots and a new shot from the same trip – I have come a long way with editing since these were origanly taken

All Taken with:
Cannon EOS 400D
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lens
Tripod
For settings save pic to pc and review properties

(note I am just the photographer, not the keeper -so breed names will have to be edited in once I know them!)

DUCK PROFILE SHOTS

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These chaps were hiding away on land last time – I was very glad from them to be on the water – even though they were only on for a short time. Though there is only one in this shot there were 3 males on the water at once!

LIVING ACTION SHOTS

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When its bath time for one, its bath time for all! Several ducks started bathing, and here are two of the best of them doing just that – water everywhere

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Bath time over, time for a preen – I really like the calm look in this one’s closed eye

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AUSTRALIAN SHELL DUCK (male and female)
I forget which is which, but I think the one in the foreground is the male. I really really like this one for the sense of life it has – though I would have liked to have had a little greater depth of field to get both ducks in focus.

Lessons learnt:
1) again more practice at looking at the whole picture – not just the duck
2) try to get the ducks in more lively motions rather than just sitting there
3) get down just a little lower – the water level if possible

Home Birds – the pheasants

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2008 by overread

Well like the waterfowl, I was on a timer here, only a really short amount of time, so I could not get into the cages as I wished – to capture them in film without bars. So it was a few quick shots through the bars with my camera – again using a tripod.
All taken with:
Cannon EOS 400D
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lens
Tripod
For settings save pic to pc and review properties

TEMMINCK’S TRAGOPAN
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well less than perfect, but nice lighting and if I can get some closer – none barred shots — this is a wonderful bird.

BLUE EARED PHEASANT
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Well this chap is so tame and trusting that he came right up to the bars, jumped on his little house and stared back = probably hoping for food. This let me get these close shots looking up at him and this one:

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Even with the bars in the view I really like this close up detailed shot of his head – just managed to get him all in, beak and all πŸ™‚

PHEASANT
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Call them “common” if you will, but there is no calling them ugly! Just missed his eye – which is a shame – but got the colours nicely – the sun being in a better position for these shots.

Lessons learnt:
1) Some pheasants might just get too close to the camera when in the pens – take a lens hood!!
2) Bars are nasty to try and shoot round