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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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It works!

Posted Sunday 19th December 2010 at 17:53 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, I've tried the new camera out on the birds, and I'm very happy with the results, with one reservation, which I will come to later.
I really do see a difference in the quality of the image compared with the 300D,as you would expect. 18meg as apposed to 6meg certainly leaves more room for cropping.
I've been using it today in the garden, mounted on a tripod and operated by a remote from indoors.
Worked a treat.
I then tried it with my Sigma EF 430 Super DG flash used in a wireless mode, mounted away from the camera. I was happy to find it fired O.K. when the on-camera flash fired, but when I examined the images, they are all over-exposed. I think the flash is receiving the "fire" signal, but not how much.
I will have to try setting the flash manually and working out what intensity to set it at.
The other problem is that when the flash is in slave mode, you cannot use FP flash, so I am restricted to 250th of a second or more.
I do not really want to have to buy a new flash - in fact, I can't afford it at the moment, so I will have to work out an answer somehow.
I also need to do some work on my backgrounds as they still don't look quite right.
All in all though, I am extremely happy. I posted a couple of images up on the Gallery, but the low resolution I saved them at for the web doesn't do them justice.
Watch this space.
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