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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 somewhere at last

Posted Monday 21st April 2008 at 17:59 by Denny Woodthorpe
Today has been a better day. The sun has shone for a start. This has meant I have not had to use flash, with all its problems.
I have been doing a bit of "inventing" and I'm happy with the results.
The problem was that trying to use a tripod in the hide was very awkward, with at least one leg getting in the way of the chair. This meant that I had to lean forward a lot, leaving me in quite a bit of pain after a long session.
I have solved this by making a little table with adjustable legs which push into the ground. The camera then rests on a beanbag. I can then adjust it so that the camera is close to my eye when sitting upright in the chair. I spent most of today in the hide, with no ill effects!
I've also got background, perch and feeder position worked out much better. I was hoping to get the goldfinch on the perch, but the only time he landed on it was while I was inside, having lunch!
I did, however, get decent shots of the greenfinches and a female chaffinch. Things are looking up.
I am still a little concerned with the sharpness of the images from my new lens. I'm not sure whether it is the lens at fault or my technique. I am keeping the IS on while the camera is on a beanbag, but I wouldn't have thought it would have caused soft images. Perhaps I'm asking too much of the lens wide open. I will try it stopped down tomorrow - if the sun shines.
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