A few more birds.

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GeorgeP
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A few more birds.

A few more from a local park and from our recent trip to the Sunshine Coast. I hope you enjoy them.
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Cheers,
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George
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Red-capped Plover (Noosa North Shore)

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Pied Butcherbird (Hell's Gate, Noosa NP)

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Rainboe Bee-eaters (Noosa North Shore)

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I think this is a female Red-backed Fairy-wren (Noosa North Shore)

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Wood Ducks (Jell's Park, Melbourne)

smeedingo2
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HI George
Very nice pics I like the pair of Rainbow Bee-eaters very nice photos.

tarkineus
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Ah, I see the pied bucherbird, different to that I posted but has the same hooked bill.
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And what exquisite birds those Rainbow Bee-eaters are ... presumably after each meal they have sore throats and sing in B flat?

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

Birdgirl2009
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Hi George - I love your photos - the birds are wonderfully sharp and the foregrounds and backgrounds are nicely out of focus so they don't distract. Do you remember what lens and settings you used?

GeorgeP
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Thanks for your comments.
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@TarkAfter they've eaten the bees, I suspect they wouldn't be too happy, so a minor key would be ideal. Can't recall if there's a B flat minor key, but you understand.
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@BirdgirlI use F5.6, 6.3 or even 7.1, but the blurring also depends on the ratio b/n camera to subject distance and camera to BG distance. Your problem (as was mine) is that the lumix FZ-50 has a small sensor. With this size sensor, even wide open at F2.8, I found it impossible to blur the BG under certain circumstances. Getting as close to the subject as you can with the BG as far from the camera as possible will help.
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I hope that you find this useful.
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Cheers,
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George

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

Tassie

Nice shots George, I know they are very common but the Wood duck pic I relly liked.
Thanks for sharing mate.

tarkineus
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Definately George, there is a B Flat minor key. :o)

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

tarkineus
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Birdgirl
The blurred background effect is called Bokeh, a Japanese word pronounced, bouquet, as in flowers. You may find this article useful.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/bokeh.htm

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

GeorgeP
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Thanks for the link, Tark. It was very useful for understanding Bokeh. Always a pleasure to discover how much I don't know :-)
Would you care to comment on the Bokeh of the Wood Duck and Fairy-wren shots above. Thanks again for your help.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

Raoul
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Nice series of shots George,all good.

tarkineus
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George, both the fairy-wren and wood duck shots appear pin sharp against a smooth bokeh, which is fine. It is interesting to note that two lenses of the same focal length shooting side by side may render a quite different bokeh effect due to their individual design characteristics. At risk of beating the drum too loudly, the light path of a 4/3rds lenses is optically different to conventional lenses in that light travels down the lens barrel to the sensor in parallel beams instead of convergent beams. The advantage is that the 4/3rds sensor receives light at an angle of 90 degrees to produce an image that is uniformly sharp from edge to edge and delivers superior colour. A lens of this design is called telecentric.

George, both the fairy-wren and wood duck shots appear pin sharp against a smooth bokeh, which is fine. It is interesting to note that two lenses of the same focal length shooting side by side may render a quite different bokeh effect due to their individual design characteristics. At risk of beating the drum too loudly, the light path of a 4/3rds lenses is optically different to conventional lenses in that light travels down the lens barrel to the sensor in parallel beams instead of convergent beams. The advantage is that the 4/3rds sensor receives light at an angle of 90 degrees to produce an image that is uniformly sharp from edge to edge and delivers superior colour. A lens of this design is called telecentric.

(The 2nd graphic refers to a normal lens)
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Pretty 'heady' stuff I know, but if you're interested you will get a better sense of it at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecentric_lens

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

tarkineus
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Oh dear - WHEN ARE WE GONNA GET AN EDIT BUTTON!!!

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

Tassie

:) I am hearing you Tark in regards to the edit button,its a pain without one.

tarkineus
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LOL! ... how about all you truckies barricade the BIBY admin offices and refuse to move until they give us one, eh? I'll lead a protest march down Main Street and stand alone in front of their tank battalion, right? ;o)!

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

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