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Birds of Cherry Creek State Park

Various birds, all shot at CCSP

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Comment by David C Stephens on April 15, 2010 at 11:42am
Yeah, I should have me 500 f/4 tomorrow. That means it'll rain all weekend, but I'll survive.
Comment by Mike and Susan Molloy on April 15, 2010 at 11:37am
Hi David,

Wow, the 500mm f4.0, Nice!

For birding, we use mostly a Canon EF 100-400mm, 1.4x TC, handheld, but sometimes use the Manfrotto tripod/head with Canon 430EXII flash (haven't done any flash fill with birds, but think I will try it, and like you, will want the Better Beamer).

I also enjoy shooting macro/wildflowers, panos, and want to learn more about HDR.
Comment by David C Stephens on April 13, 2010 at 1:54pm
Hi Mike, thanks for looking and commenting. They're all from 2010, except maybe the chickadee is late 2009.

For wildlife I use the Canon 7D with the EF 400mm f/5.6L on an Induro C414 tripod with an Arca-Swiss Z1 ballhead and a Wimberley Sidekick gimbal. The blackbird, chickadee and meadowlark were hand held, but bracing against the car window frame.

What do you use? I'm jonesing for the BetterBeemer, but the budget is totally soaked up right now by the EF 500mm f/4L IS that I expect to order later this week. It's a major investment, but I'll be able to seriously reduce my cropping and use my 1.4 teleconverter and still autofocus (not possible with the 400 f/5.6 unless the subject is dead!).
Comment by Mike and Susan Molloy on April 13, 2010 at 1:41pm
Oh, and were these shot recently?
Comment by Mike and Susan Molloy on April 13, 2010 at 1:34pm
David - awesome pics! What gear/setup do you use?
Thanks for the tip about fill flash, too.
Mike

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