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From my backyard.

From my backyard.
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2 Comments |
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 07, 2016
Great shot!
jennycameron
 
jennycameron November 14, 2016
David this is spectacular!!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This particular shot was taken on safari in my backyard. :-) I have a feeder located near this tree, so I get all kinds of traffic. I had just received a Sigma 150-600C so I headed out to our back patio, put the lens on my 5DIII and then on a monopod and waited. This was shot at 600mm, ISO100, f8, 1/400. This lens has very good vibration control.

Time

This was shot around noon.

Lighting

Direct Sunlight. Pretty much needed for good detail when it comes to birds.

Equipment

See above.

Inspiration

A new lens! :-) Besides, male finches look terrific.

Editing

I use Light Room CC. Typical workflow is crop if needed, lower the highlights, raise the shadow, set the white/black points, add a pinch a clarity and vibrance, play with contrast, add sharpness, use the mask slider to limit the sharpening of the background, click lens correction and it's pretty much done.

In my camera bag

Depends on what I'm doing. Street photography is simple; 5DIII or 6D and a Tamron 35mm f1.8. This is such a great combination that I don't bother with zooms for street work. Landscape, same cameras, Canon 16-35 f4L, Manfrotto Tripod, Hoya ND400 filter, Newer remote shutter release. Birds either the 150-600C Sigma or a 70-200 f2.8L w/1.4 Extender. Portrait work, Tamron 85mm f1.8 or a Canon 135 f2L. If needed, I have portable softboxes, reflectors, and a stack of Yongnuo 568II flashes with triggers and on camera control. The flashes are fitted to the softboxes when used.

Feedback

Patience is #1. Know the limitations of you and your equipment. Try to ensure that you have direct Sunlight to grab as much detail as you can. Overcast days will produce less than desirable results. Get the best zoom or prime long lens that you can afford. The longer the lens, the less you have to crop and cropping is pretty much a given with this sort of shooting. Even the guys with the big 800mm bazookas have to crop sometimes. :-) David Pavlich

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