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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus).

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Wilithin Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! :+fav:
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Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic picture - and an awesome title :)
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I dunno how you get such sharp action shots like this. All I get are blurs. :(  (info: I have it on "Sports" setting which is Automatic. Should I just fiddle with my shutter/aperture/ISO ?)
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Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
If your camera can be manually adjusted, rather than shooting in auto, then you should do it for best results.  Having good natural light helps in maintaining lower ISO (to minimize noise) and shoot at much higher shutter speed (to freeze the action).  Adjusting your exposure compensation (-/+) could also help when light condition changes so the images aren't over or under exposed.  This particular photo was shot at ISO 800, 1/8,000 sec, f/5.6 (with -2/3 exposure compensation).  Keep in mind that this setting is a personal preference based on the equipment I used and the lighting condition at the moment…  You can certainly achieve similar results with varied camera/lens settings.  Hope this helps.  :)
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Natural light is the problem...where I take my bird pics are usually under trees or the brush. Not enough light to dare step up the shutter speed. The highest I've put my ISO is 400. Now I know that's too low. I just don't want "noise" or "burn out". That really takes away from even a perfectly composed shot. :(  (I'm very picky about photography.)
In your action shots with the snow, you have natural light bouncing off onto the subjects like studio reflectors do. This is a bonus. I hadn't thought of that 'til now. ^^; Lowering my Aperture would be a big help: I usually have it between f8-13. (Of course AUTO picks f5.6 or so. Still, the shutter isn't fast enough.)
Thanks for the info. I guess "Sports" auto isn't as "fast" as it should be. :-O
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm no expert, but I know the key to fast action shots is not only high shutter speed but also good lighting...and a FAST lens.
I have trouble with this myself but when I use the highest shutter speed I can and the light is good it starts to freeze the action nicely.
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tip. I don't think my 70-300mm is what I would call "fast". It keeps zooming out on me even when the darn bird is right in front of me. :frustrated: I don't trust my eyes to take it off auto focus. ^^;
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
*nod* You'd probably need a Canon L series lens or a fixed 400mm to get better bird shots.  I know from experience. I can get some good shots with my Tamron 70-300 but you have to take a lot of pictures and keep trying.
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Something that doesn't fit my shoestring budget but thanks for the tip. :blushes:
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