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  1. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    With previous talk about not using extenders with the R7, or at least if you do, wait until you have very good light, I today tried the following combination :- R7 - Canon EF 500mm f4L Mk ii prime - 2x iii - EF/RF adapter The photo is of a Drake Smew on a local pool to me. The light was...
  2. Mark Jarrett

    Thought on Topaz Photo AI vs. DxO Photolab

    Thanks for the info jafritten!
  3. Mark Jarrett

    Thought on Topaz Photo AI vs. DxO Photolab

    Thanks very much MiddleRiver. That’s very good. The shadows have been slightly removed, the bill is marginally sharper but the main thing, for me, is that the eye stands out considerably. I have tried to save the new image to my photos but it won’t let me. Mark
  4. Mark Jarrett

    Thought on Topaz Photo AI vs. DxO Photolab

    Thanks very much Mike. Yes, I do shoot in jpeg. I’ll take your comments on board and give the matter more thought. There aren’t many times I’ve wanted to drastically alter a photograph but the above RTD was one! The whole set of the dozen or so photos I kept (of it) were all in deep shadow with...
  5. Mark Jarrett

    Pacific Diver - Eglwys Nunnyd, Port Talbot, Wales

    No, sorry, I should have put the date on. Early January 2022. Original bird.
  6. Mark Jarrett

    Guide book for Costa Blanca

    I also have the Graham Critchell book but an earlier edition. Covers loads of sites in the area including the steppe area up towards Albacete which I found very useful. The Costa Blanca Bird Club may possibly have a copy and, at one time, copies were available from the visitor centre at El Hondo.
  7. Mark Jarrett

    Thought on Topaz Photo AI vs. DxO Photolab

    Hi Mike. I’ve been contemplating buying software like Photoshop or Lightroom for some time but never got round to it. I don’t particularly want a monthly subscription, rather I would prefer a one-off purchase. I have always been happy enough with what Apple/Mac/iPad provides but, on occasions...
  8. Mark Jarrett

    Pacific Diver - Eglwys Nunnyd, Port Talbot, Wales

    I made the long journey down from Cheshire to see this lovely bird and wasn’t disappointed. It was a very cold day with clear blue skies and the diver obliged with some very close views.
  9. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    Tend to forget that there is a state, to be honest, it’s all about the city. We did a New England road trip in 2019 and drove up through Vermont, almost to the Canadian border. Very close to New York State, obviously, so I bet the scenery is just as nice.
  10. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    Juvenile Black-throated Diver on Crosby Marine Lake today, blustery and challenging light. Took around 250 photos, then narrowed it down to 50 that I could do something with. Probably have 15-20 that are pretty decent, with the one attached, my favourite. Not as many keepers as with my R5 and...
  11. Mark Jarrett

    South Africa - November 2023

    African Penguin & Water Thick-Knee - Boulders Beach African Stonechat & Southern Red Bishop - De Zeekoe Farmland Piping Cisticola - Pumba Private Game Reserve Knysna Turico - Wilderness
  12. Mark Jarrett

    South Africa - November 2023

    Rufous-necked Wryneck at Pumba Private Game Reserve..
  13. Mark Jarrett

    South Africa - November 2023

    A few photos of White-fronted Plover on Wilderness Beach..
  14. Mark Jarrett

    South Africa - November 2023

    I have attached below a Trip Report to South Africa in a PDF document. It follows the format of all my various trip reports over the years and whilst not as detailed as some of the reports on here, it at least gives a species list and details the more specific areas that I birded. For this trip...
  15. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    Possibly. I bought the R7 to simply replace my five year old 7Dii and to go ‘all mirrorless.’ The general opinion seems to be that the R7 is a definite upgrade on the 7Dii. With my R5, which I love, I use my RF 100-500 lens with a 1.4 extender and am therefore shooting at 700mm max. With my R7...
  16. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    That’s good to hear BW and gives me nenewed optimism!
  17. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    Thanks Mikbul, Niels and Barred Warbler for your replies. Yes, I’ll drop the 1.4 extender for the time being but will also have a go again in better light. It’s all trial and error at this stage. I realise I’m a stubborn old git but, yes, I shoot jpeg, not Raw or C-Raw. I’ve tried the latter...
  18. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    I think you’re right there Mike. Been over to Hyde this morning taking photos of the Waxwings. Again, poor light prior to the rain coming in. The nearest the birds came was across the main road and into a tree just beyond the pavement on that side, so somewhat distant. I don’t have Photoshop or...
  19. Mark Jarrett

    R7 for bird photography and birds in flight

    Hi Mike. Strange how coincidences happen. I’ve not been on this site for some considerable time and I’ve also just purchased an R7 at under £1k, (Grandy’s Camera, HK). I’ve only been out with it once, a dull, cloudy day with a bit of drizzle and where I had to work with relatively slow shutter...
  20. Mark Jarrett

    Birding suggestions

    We were in Colombia in September last year. The sites mentioned above can all be done relatively easily from Bogotá but remember to factor in the fact that the traffic in the capital can be horrendous. The Observatorio de Colibries near La Calera would make a nice morning or afternoon trip, a...
  21. Mark Jarrett

    George, South Africa: Birds, Nature, and City

    We’ve been back for just over two weeks after visiting Cape Town for a few days and then embarking on a road trip along the Garden Route before finishing with a three night stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. We passed through George en route to Wilderness (from Oudtshoorn)...
  22. Mark Jarrett

    Birding around varadero

    Recently back from two weeks holiday at the Melia Internacional on Varadero, hotel situated around a third of the way onto the peninsula. The plus points are that it is within 2 hours of Havana and also the same distance from Zapata, the premier birding site on the island. Varadero itself is...
  23. Mark Jarrett

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Definitely one of the best photos I’ve ever taken taking into account size of the bird, speed of the bird and challenging light conditions in dry forest/jungle. Bee Hummingbird (world’s smallest bird), taken in Zapata National Park, Cuba on a recent holiday. I’m posting to, once again, show the...
  24. Mark Jarrett

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Still experimenting with the settings and, in particular, whether to stay in full frame mode and crop relatively heavily or put the camera in crop mode and crop again marginally afterwards, losing MPs. Once again, these photos are as in the last two posts, ie in crop mode and without extender...
  25. Mark Jarrett

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    A few more of the Pacific Diver in South Wales. Same set up in crop mode again although, as the bird was very obliging, the photos were only cropped marginally.
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