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Chako
05-18-2009, 04:14 PM
I took my Canon 50D and Bigma out today to the Canal. Here are the photos.

Chipmunk.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2046small.jpg



Chipmunk trying to blend into the background.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2050small.jpg



Red Squirrel eating some seeds and defending his small stash from all comers.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2059small.jpg



Including the photographer.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2061small.jpg

Chako
05-18-2009, 04:16 PM
This guy chased away the squirrel for a few seconds.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2067small.jpg



But the little guy came back and chased away the gull.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2068small.jpg



This chipmunk was waiting on the sidelines for his turn.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2071small.jpg



A Black Capped Chickadee.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2076small.jpg

Chako
05-18-2009, 04:18 PM
Another Black Capped Chickadee.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2085small.jpg



This Red Winged Black Bird moved in once the squirrel had his fill.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2089small.jpg



This female Red Winged Black Bird moved in with the male.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2101small.jpg



A pair of male Mallards.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2106small.jpg

Chako
05-18-2009, 04:29 PM
Male Mallard.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2111small.jpg



Gulls.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2116small.jpg


Eastern Common Butterfly.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2129small.jpg



Eastern Common Butterfly.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2133small.jpg

Chako
05-18-2009, 04:36 PM
Female Red Wing Black Bird.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2143small.jpg



Female Red Wing Black Bird.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2152small.jpg



White Crowned Sparrow.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2154small.jpg



White Crowned Sparrow.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2158small.jpg

Chako
05-18-2009, 04:41 PM
Another Chipmunk.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2164small.jpg



From what I can see, a Yellow Warbler.
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2178small.jpg



http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2181small.jpg



http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r207/Chako_photo/IMG_2183small-1.jpg


That is it for today. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did taking them.

Genny
05-18-2009, 06:02 PM
Beautiful, sharp pictures. That chipmunk is a little chunky :)

Chako
05-18-2009, 10:43 PM
The first one? If so, yeah. I got him at that spot where everyone feeds them. The place is crawling with them in that one spot. Almost have to watch where you walk and put your feet.

MaO3
05-19-2009, 02:11 PM
Wow Chako, beautiful as always. I really love the clarity and the colours in the single Mallard. Amazing.

GoldDogs
05-19-2009, 05:23 PM
You take such beautiful pictures. I could have an amazing camera and my pictures still wouldn't be as nice.

Chako
05-20-2009, 06:23 AM
What a lot of people forget is that every photo taken with a digital camera must have some sort of post processing using a program like Photoshop elements for example. Digital cameras tend to give you dull lifeless photographs that cry for a little post processing.

I tend to leave the camera's built in processing to neutral so that I get a dull lifeless photograph. I want the control over how the photographs look afterwards. Most digital cameras tend to allow you control over the built in image processing. Why let the camera control this when it invariably always gets it wrong?

These are the steps that I do for each photograph.

1. I may sharpen the photo if it needs it. All my wildlife shots are taken with a 50-500mm Sigma lens, usually maxed out at 500mm. I like a gunstock mount for the camera and lens. I focus on my breathing and stability of the whole unit when I take a photograph. However, I am still hand holding 500mm. This can cause some very minor motion blur sometimes. If it does, I will always sharpen to remove lens blur at 1 pixel at either 50 or 100%.

2. I will next play with the levels. This pops up a histogram. I make sure that the dark and light tonal ends kiss the histogram on both ends. I rarely play with midtones.

3. I then apply +10 to contrast.

4. Next is to apply 10 - 20 to colour saturation. It is easy to go overboard...so I only add a touch of pop to the photographs. I will never go over 20 here.

5. For those photos I want to post online, I then resize the image to 800x600 with a JPEG compression ratio that will give me a reasonable sized file. If you think these photos are good, you should see the originals in their 4752x3168 glory.

That is it...very simple...nothing fancy.

Try this on your photos and see what you get. I bet they may look something close to mine. You see..Its no big secret.

everywoman
05-21-2009, 02:42 AM
Great photos!! We have a couple of those little yellow birds feeding in our back yard, and now I know what they are! Thanks!

kitca
05-21-2009, 06:33 PM
those are just gorgeous! i love the birds, especially the female redwing blackbirds, what beautiful shots.

Super Gram
05-30-2009, 03:37 PM
Beautiful shots as usual. I have a special folder I download your pictures into lol....hope you don't mind

Chako
05-30-2009, 06:41 PM
I don't mind. :)