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This blog is intended to follow my progress this year in my pursuit of obtaining some worthwhile bird photographs.
Very much a beginner, with limited funds but almost unlimited time, I want to capture photographs that are more than mere record shots. I am not expecting many rare or even unusual species, but want to do justice to any bird that cares to pose for me.
Wish me luck and good light.
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Getting There

Posted Wednesday 29th December 2010 at 18:24 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, I feel I'm making good progress with my new set-up.
The 60D is sending a signal to the Sigma flash,and by a little experimentation, I have got good exposure.

Two problems now. The first is the fact that my remote release has stopped working. I've changed the batteries and even opened it up to see if any wires have become unattached, but to no avail. I've had to bite the bullet and order a new remote. I'm back to using the long cable release for a few days.
The other problem is doing my head in a bit at the moment. I have dozens and dozens of birds in the garden , but they do not seem to like perching where I want them! I have tried the perch next to a feeder, between a feeder and the fence/hedge/tree etc. and even drilled holes in the branch to "hide" nuts etc. but they are still very wary of it.
I suppose that if I leave it long enough they will accept it, but as I like to change the perch as often as possible, it would slow me down an aweful lot.
I am happy with the background and the lighting, as well as the terrific quality of the 60D and the Canon 70-300 IS zoom lens. IF ONLY THE BIRDS WOULD CO-OPERATE.
I will not be defeated. There has to be some set-up where the birds will naturally land on the appropriate spot to have their portrait taken.
I'm out tomorrow, but at the weekend I might try a setup for the long-tailed tits. I have an idea - as long as the starlings stay away long enough.
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