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Old 03-26-2010   #1
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Welcome to the bird side of the forum.

Your second and third ring-billed
are a couple of nice in flight shots. Great bird to practice on. You first Mallard
pair has a more pleasing angle to the subject vs the last two wre you are more
looking down on them.

Nice set to introduce yourself to the bird forum, lots of helpful folks here.
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I agree with Rich, the second and third are nice Birds in flight shots although a little dark, but that can be fixed in Photo Shop.
More often than not, the lower you can get on a shot the better for the viewer, also composition has to be taken in to consideration.
Wow! there is me, a relatives newcomer to Birdogrophy giving advice!, but i am only passing on what i was told, a great bunch of guys and galls here.
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As someone still struggling with BIF photos, I think #2 and #3 are great. And don't you love photographing ducks - such characters!
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Thanks for the comments and pointers especially the point about the angles on the mallards. The inflights were dark mainly because of the sun angle and my own metering with the camera as my "backup" rebel xt doesn't do spot metering. When I get my 50D back from being cleaned (sent out from bestbuy so I'm stuck waiting two weeks) I'm heading back to get some better shots of the birds.
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#2 and #3 are good attempts at BIF. I usually shoot at +1EV for BIF and still spot meter on the bird otherwise you get very dark birds. I also always shoot RAW. As others have said a low angle will really improve your duck shots.
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Welcome to the bird forum Renol Excellent advice given already
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#2 and #3 are good attempts at BIF. I usually shoot at +1EV for BIF and still spot meter on the bird otherwise you get very dark birds. I also always shoot RAW. As others have said a low angle will really improve your duck shots.
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Unfortunately I was using my "backup" camera (Rebel XT) while my 50D is off getting cleaned. The XT does not have spot metering so I shot in partial mode. Recently purchased a rocket blaster to try and avoid using bestbuy's cleaning services (free with the replacement plan) as it takes upwards of two weeks to get it back.

I do shoot in RAW but I'm still learning how to make the most of the process beyond adjustments of the sliders. #3, for example, I attempted to brighten the body by playing with contrast curves but didn't have much luck.


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