Rainbow lorkieets

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Rainbow lorkieets

I posted these because you can see the seeds in their beaks (and we have blue sky for the first time in weeks!)

GeorgeP's picture

Another nice series, Birgirl. These are as sharp as..... That focussing problem is now history. What settings did you select to eliminate it?


Melbourne, VIC

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Hi George - I changed to spot focussing which does help, although I still get plenty of duds. Yesterday the camera sometimes took too long to focus (with the tiny birds at Morpeth), so the bird had flown away by the time the camera was ready. I'm also using SCN - sports, or shutter priority most of the time now, instead of using auto. I also changed the jitter to 2 because it sounded better for my needs, going by the description in the manual.


Crystal clear Birdgirl,nice ones.
What sort of camera do you have?

tarkineus's picture

Beautiful clear shots, Birdgirl. I blew a photo op to shoot these birds at Elwood {near Melbourne) just after Xmas. Unfortunately, they were mostly hidden by the leaves and branches of a flowering gum in which they were feeding. I will post the best of a bad lot later.

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

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Thanks Tassie. The camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 + 1.7x teleconversion lens (the one that goes with the camera). I have the conversion lens on almost all the time because I love the close-up shots.
Thanks Tark. I am cheating by using the feeder where the birds are out in the open. I do like photos in flowering trees and shrubs better though. I have the same trouble with the giant candles banksia - the birds seem to get inside it, not often out where I can get a good photo

bluebird's picture

Hi birdgirl
You can decrease the time it takes to take a photo somewhere in the settings but it might be just as easy to depress the shutter button halfway and hold to get the camera to focus and then press all the way when you have the shot. Most of the time to take a shot is in the autofocus. You can also change from continuous focus to single focus to shoot faster. Manual focus on a fixed point (like the birdfeeder) before the subject arrrives may also take a faster shot. Good luck.

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