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Early Evening at the Bird Feeder

Discussion in 'Nature' started by DougVaughn, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. DougVaughn

    DougVaughn Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2013
    Franklin, TN
    Doug Vaughn
    I decided to experiment today with the Olympus remote app for iPad and my E-M1. These were all shot using the Oly 75mm lens. The camera was on a tripod 5-10 feet from the feeder, and I sat on the porch running things with the iPad. Changing camera settings works perfectly, and choosing a focus point works well most of the time. The only downside is speed. Many times the bird had moved a little by the time the camera started focusing, and I ended up with the background or some other object in focus. Also quite a delay (about a second) in taking the image, so you have to hope the bird sticks around.

    My favorite of the set is the woodpecker, who showed up as a surprise. He's very fast, so I was lucky to get a single good shot.

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 400

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 640

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/4.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    E-M1    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/2.8    1/400s    ISO 400
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  2. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    beautiful color and clarity
  3. MarkoPolo

    MarkoPolo Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 25, 2014
    Greeley, CO
    Mark Brown
    Really nice shots, interesting way to shoot as well! Did you use flash?
  4. DougVaughn

    DougVaughn Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2013
    Franklin, TN
    Doug Vaughn
    No flash. Just the late day sun peeking through some trees.
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Beautiful shots, really well done! :thumbup:
  6. adamsmt2013

    adamsmt2013 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2013
    Suggestion - position a tree limb close to the feeder and shoot the birds when they stage in line for the feeder. Looks totally like you captured the shot in nature. BTW, beautiful shots with that app.
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  7. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    I had considered using remote control for winter shooting in the field, but had not thought of using it at home. I have a room that overlooks our patio where we feed birds, and I suspect that if the window does not cause communication issues, that I am easily within range of our feeder (from a nice warm room :smile:) . Thanks for helping me see the obvious.

  8. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    Great shots!
  9. DougVaughn

    DougVaughn Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2013
    Franklin, TN
    Doug Vaughn
    Thanks Adam... the tree limb / branch was exactly my plan. I wanted to test the remote control to see if I could get clear shots before setting up something more creative. I'm thinking I will semi-permanently mount some natural perches near various feeders. Need a special one for our woodpecker friends who like to hang on the side of things.
  10. QualityBuiltIn

    QualityBuiltIn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    That is a FANTASTIC setup! Love it.
  11. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Great stuff!
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