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    Best laid plans

    Plan ahead! I've had that drummed into me so many times, it has become Ho, hum.

    Today is slight overcast, sun at about 35 degrees above the horizon and lots of activity about the bird feeders. Finches in full mating flutter. I went out to the truck and got the big tripod and carefully set it up in the doorway to the screened back porch. I grabbed the N80, mounted the 70-210 and screwed it onto the tripod. I attached the remote cable, set the lens to 210 and the aperture to 32 and locked it for automatic operation. Set the camera to Program and was all set.

    All most. I'm at the front of the camera, on the steps. The camera is on the steps, in the doorway. The other door to the house is locked. My keys are on the kitchen table. hmmmmmm

    After I got the camera, tripod and all out of the way, got behind it so I could shoot and got the focus and aim back, the birds had gotten bored and had all left.

    Would one of you come over and smack me upside the head, please.



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    Re: Best laid plans

    Did You see me?
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    Re: Best laid plans

    This is what I was shooting for. Not what I would call a good one, but getting there.
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    Re: Best laid plans

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    If you rearrange your feeders you can create more of a 'stage set' for them. That way you can get a better backdrop, avoiding the clutter - perhaps you could shoot from lower down? Watch it though, otherwise the birds will be wanting to join the actors union and be tipping themselves for Oscars.

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    Re: Best laid plans

    Unfortunately, the feeders are the property of, and under the sole control of, SWMBO. They are arranged for best viewing from the screened porch and moving them will result in that infamous "fate worse than death."

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    Re: Best laid plans

    Quote Originally Posted by PopsPhotos View Post
    Unfortunately, the feeders are the property of, and under the sole control of, SWMBO. They are arranged for best viewing from the screened porch and moving them will result in that infamous "fate worse than death."
    How about doing something behind the feeders then?

    Swap out, or mask off, the wire and posts?

    Surely that won't upset SWMBO will it

    Or get your own feeder(s), but that may be interpreted as an AOW (act of war )

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    Re: Best laid plans

    AOW, indeed.

    The background behind the fence is the neighbor's. I'm working on them to let me clean up that tree. I'm not too worried at the moment, because I'm just working on gaining experience, at the moment. If you have seen some of my other Goldfinch pictures, you will see that the background can be cleaned up pretty well, after cropping. The angle from which I will shoot my serious pictures isn't as bad for background as is that one in this thread.

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