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    Bird shots from this morning

    Hi. Some bird shots from this Sunday morning, taken with a Kodak Z990. C&C welcome. Thanks for watching.

    1 - A vulture taking off
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    2 - Sand and shells
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    3 - Frigate bird
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    4 - Egret
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    5 - Seagull
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    Regards...
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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Hi Otavio,
    thank you for sharing your pictures.
    Number 4 'the Heron' is the winner for me, very nice.
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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Hi Otavio,

    I guess you used the Z990 over the D5100 for the enhanced zoom?

    #1 I think the jpg capture has lost some dtail in the shadowy blacks on the hind quarters, if mine, I would crop 10-15% off the bottom edge, enough to lose the distracting stick on right.

    #2 shadows look long, you must have been up very early!

    #3 Nice composition, but again I fear the jpg has lost highlight and shadow detail on this very contrasty shot

    #4 The Heron, or Egret as it might be known here in UK, looks good, it might have stood a little more exposure, but I know how difficult it is shooting white, then black, birds alternately in sunshine and shadow.

    #5 Nice light coming through the wings and waves

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Thanks, John. This one was about to get his "lunch"!

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Hi Dave! Thanks for your (always) valuable feedback!

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    I guess you used the Z990 over the D5100 for the enhanced zoom?: That's right. I am buying a 300mm lens for my D5100 (what will give me a 450mm, 35mm equivalent, due to the 1.5 Nikon crop). That will allow me to use the D5100 for this type of picture, as the kit lens 18-55mm VR is definitely not enough to capture these guys, flying high and distant!

    #1. Below is the crop version, as per your suggestion. The stick was really distracting.
    Bird shots from this morning

    #2 shadows look long, you must have been up very early!: That's also right! I managed to reach the place at 6 o'clock in the morning!

    #3 Nice composition, but again I fear the jpg has lost highlight and shadow detail on this very contrasty shot: Yes, that is the problem of small sensors. The Z990 can shoot raw but the time between pictures increases hugely (even with class 10 cards).

    #4 The Heron, or Egret as it might be known here in UK, looks good, it might have stood a little more exposure, but I know how difficult it is shooting white, then black, birds alternately in sunshine and shadow.: This one is really an Egret, my mistake!

    #5 Nice light coming through the wings and waves
    : Thanks!!

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Hi, Otavio.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Very good shots! (And you are using only a Kodak Z990!)
    My favorites are #4 (very beautiful) and #5 (the seagull is flying!).
    Antonio.

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Hi, Antônio. Thanks for viewing and I am glad you liked them. Yes, it is a hard job doing this kind of picture with such a camera (small sensor limitations). Regards...

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    The other alternative if you prefer the balance of the original, is to clone the stick out.
    Personally I prefer the crop

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Otavio, my favourite is probably the Egret, followed very very closely by the the vulture in take-off mode.

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Thank you very much, Steven and Bruce!

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    I agree with John the egret stands out for best . nice capture

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    James, many thanks for your reply.

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    OK I think the vulture is the one for me. Lovely action shot - hard to get. FWIW the white bird is a snowy egret (assuming it's in Brazil). Closely related to the old world .little egret

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    Re: Bird shots from this morning

    Dave, thanks for viewing. Just to confirm your assumption, it was shot in the city of Macaé, Brazil. They are pretty common here. Regards.

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