Not directly related, but I thought I'd post the link:I took this in my garden a couple of weeks ago and, while pleased with the photo, it does not show the rosy scene it initially seems to.
This bird is suffering from Trichomoniasis or “Fat Finch disease” a parasite that inflames the crop and oesophagus and causes birds to become lethargic (and easy to photograph). It is generally fatal and often passed on at infected bird feeders. It affects Greenfinch, chaffinch and bullfinch, as well as being carried by some Wood Pigeons and, if you see it in your garden, advice seems to be to stop feeding and disinfect your bird feeders.
I think you are in Kansas City area. If so, we can head out and give it a try.I don't know how you BIF folks do it. I can replicate the camera settings, but never the results.
Thaose are some crackling shots I have been waiting to do... We have very harsh bright summer days... looknig forward to overcast day and the swallos will dance in air and over the water..While waiting to photograph osprey taking a dive (it happened a few times but always far away), I thought I gave myself a crack at some swallows close by. I just picked one image of each specie from yesterday to post for now. The weather wasn't quite ideal as it was mostly cloudy.
I tried MC14 in the afternoon since light was a bit better. However, I find that it is better to use just 300mm F4 to keep shutter speed high while keeping ISO low plus it has much faster AF speed. When I used MC14 at F6.3, I felt AF just could keep up sometime when swallows coming toward me.
The trick is to track it early and press the shutter once it is within range. I use AF-limiter on these shots with range of 3-50meters. I also turned off lens IS. As I tracked, once the subject became visibly clear in the EVF, I would start taking shot. Last but not least, I use C-AF 5x5 with +2 sensitivity.
The first image is cropped to about 4MB. Second one is about 6MB and the last is about 5MB.
View attachment 884327 EM130638_DxO by Narin, on Flickr
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View attachment 884329 EM130883_DxO by Narin, on Flickr