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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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Underway at last.

Posted Thursday 5th January 2012 at 11:50 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, I have at last started to do some photography again. As I write this, the camera is set up outside, focused on a perch near the feeders. I have two flash guns working as slave flash and I am operating the camera from inside the conservatory by remote shutter.
It is extremely windy and it keeps raining, but everything is inside plastic bags and a rain sleeve.
So far I have got just one phot - of a goldfinch. Trouble is, it is slightly out of focus. I am focussing manually on the branch but if the bird sits slightly further forward or back, the eye can sometimes be out of focus. If I use auto focussing, then the camera sometimes focuses on the background! I think I will have to stop down more to give a greater depth of field and still focus manually.
One other problem is the exposure mode. I usually set the camera manually to 250th of a second and f5.6 (or smaller in future) and rely on the flash for the correct exposure.The problem is that if the sun comes out, this could result in over exposure. So, on changeable days, I will set it on Tv mode, at 250th. If there is enough sunlight, then the camera will set the aperture with the flash providing fill in light. If there is not enough, then the flashes will provide the main light.
It has gone very dark again and looks like rain. I have taken the rain sleeve of the camera, so I will have to rush out again and put it back on!
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