Priscilla's
Bird Photography

Photos from personal trips  AND trips with
Birds of Oregon and General Science, (BOGS) in association with Eugene's Celeste Campbell Center

provided by:
Priscilla Sokolowski
Eugene, OR
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Birding Photography Class at Celeste Campbell Center;
Demonstrations photos

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SX50 Camera Settings (pictures of)

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EXAMPLE PHOTOS

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Cary Kerst's:
Original Date/Time = 2015:04:08 08:52:55
Camera Model = Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO Speed Ratings = 1250
Lens Specification = 600-600mm FNaN-NaN
Lens Model = EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM +2x III
Exposure Program = aperture priority (3)
Exposure Mode = auto exposure (0)
Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment (5)

Focal Length = 600/1 mm ===> 600 mm
(probably in true 35mm "units")
Exposure Time = 1/160 second ===> 0.00625 second
Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/160 second
Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 11/1 ===> É/11
Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/1 ===> 0
Max Aperture Value (APEX) = 5/1 ===> 5
Max Aperture = É/5.66

Priscilla's:
Original Date/Time = 2015:04:09 13:01:22
Camera Model = Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

ISO Speed Ratings = 80

Exposure Mode = manual exposure (1)

Metering Mode = spot (3)

Focal Length = 215000/1000 mm ===> 215 mm
(1250mm in 35mm equivalency - camera at full 50X zoom)
Exposure Time = 1/80 second ===> 0.0125 second
Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/79.48 second
Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 65/10 ===> É/6.5
Exposure Bias (EV) = -2/3 ===> -0.67
Max Aperture = É/6.51
Aperture = É/6.51

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MOTION BLUR doesn't always ruin a picture. Maybe this picture would be better if the bird was completely stopped by a fast shutter speed, and while conditions certainly would have allowed it, we came across this river seen abruptly after being in the fields. There is actually more of a problem with focus than with shutter speed here. But just as it is, I think this photo makes an impression. If you had been (or were) with us at Elijah Bristow park when Don Laufer took this photo, you would know that this bird was racing around the river surface at high speeds making acrobatic Blue-Angel jet turns. I didn't capture a single frame of this bird. Don panned quickly with the bird's motion, the focusing mechanism wasn't keeping up.

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COMPARING ISO 100 to ISO 800 to ISO 1000

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UNDEREXPOSING to reduce brightest areas washing out; good for White areas; Bald Eagles heads and tails, Great Egrets, Heads of Buffelhead ducks ...

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OVEREXPOSING to brighten areas of the bird when surroundings are very bright, or the bird itself has dark coloring - like the Black Phoebe

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MANUAL FOCUS

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Don Laufer took this next photo of Ruby-crowned Kinglet. These are extremely active birds, very hard to photograph. Combine their constant motion with their proclivity to flitting around amongst lots of small branches and you have a real challenge. Don told me he got this photo by catching the focus on the bird when it was out in the open for a moment, then panning with the bird (shutter held half-way down) as the bird moved and he pressed the shutter

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  1. Canada Goose
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Unsure
  3. Great Blue Heron - adult
    Great Blue Heron - Juvenile; very evenly gray, no plume on head, no long feathers anywhere
  4. Green Heron
  5. Turkey Vulture
  6. Osprey
  7. Red-tailed Hawk Unsure
  8. Mourning Dove
  9. Anna's Hummingbird
  10. Belted Kingfisher
  11. Northern Flicker - seen and heard
  12. Western Wood-Pewee; seen, fairly sure
  13. Willow Flycatcher; seen but still unsure;
    Willow Flycatcher (one heard)
  14. Kinglet perhaps, or Hutton's Vireo ... unsure. Only brief glimpse
  15. Steller's Jay - numerous and highly vocal
  16. Western Scrub-Jay
  17. Red-breasted Nuthatch - two seen
  18. American Robin
  19. Spotted Towhee
  20. Song Sparrow (some seen; some only heard)
  21. Black-headed Grosbeak; adult female and possibly a family
  22. Purple Finch or house finch.
  23. American Goldfinch - unconfirmed but most likely
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