Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Smallest, smaller, small

Walked out to get the paper yesterday AM and carried my camera, mounted with my 50mm lens. Looked up in my tree and saw a house finch with a nice red breast. Took the shot you see below (this lens is fixed focus, no zoom, and I'm NOT climbing up there...)

See my subject?

Bring the picture in the house. Crop. What do you know? A few more birds are up there!

 Crop a little more.

 And, finally, get down to my original target. The lack of stabilization, and the fact that I'm now computer-zoomed to about 200%, is degrading the sharpness of the image. Conclusion? 50mm is too small to shoot small birdies...

25 comments:

  1. This its why we should always carry a 300mm zoom with us lol

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  2. lol...I have been learning that lesson as well! :)

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  3. must have a very good camera, because the picture after several crops seems quite ok; pretty birds!

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  4. I agree with thello....this still came out really well, despite the large crop.

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  5. I agree with Thello too! I hope I get to capture some of the great birds that come to my yard, especially the pair of cardinals.

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  6. It is a great shot after all that cropping! I think I'll still stick with my zoom lens. :)

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  7. After all the crops, your picture is still very nice. I liked seeing the progression of crops.

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  8. Love this! It's fun to see the original all they way to the intended crop. Great work.

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  9. I agree with Conor, but I never have the right lens on the camera at the right time. I do love my 50mm, however. Val, I thought about you and Mary Lou in Chicago, but we didn't rent a car, so I had to depend on other to get where I was going. It looks like it might not be our last trip to Chicago, however.

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  10. Oh yea, were you by any chance at Millinneum Park last Tuesday around 2:00? We usually just miss each other in life's journeys.

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  11. Zoom lens or no, it's a great catch. How fun!

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  12. Wonderful delving into the depths of nature to find a gem!

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  13. Don't you love the hidden treasures though? :)

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  14. Next time carry out 2 cameras, one with the wide angle and another with a tele....now your covered:)

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  15. Agree with the others that your image is pretty good for all the cropping.

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  16. Great sequence. Love the treasure at the end.

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  17. An interesting experiment in perspective.

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  18. Love the color, details and composition but that bird is small to begin with! lol

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  19. It is all about compromise, I guess. fun series.

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  20. I really like seeing the progression of your crops. I tend to leave the 70-300 on my camera most of the time. I need to look at the world more through a 50mm lens.

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  21. Great shot! Steady hand and the ability to not scare it away... I so admire you!

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  22. I love the idea of you taking your camera with you to fetch the paper!

    My 50mm is my favorite lens but then I don't own a long zoom....

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