I'm sorry about my delay in responding--I have been on the road and away from DA for awhile. But thanks for your kind comment, and you may indeed paint "Wings of Wonder." I would love to see what you do with it. Best of luck!
I couldn't help it!!!!!! If you only could have had experienced what I felt when I saw that photo. The only way to describe it like if I were to imagine a perfect shot of a subject and then seeing it in front of me!!!! So this has nothing to do with kindness and everything with passion for ART!!!! Just talking about it now brings that feeling of joy and satisfaction of seeing with my eye, what my soul had already experienced!!!!!! I could go on and on and on but I think you got my meaning of appreciation for your work!!! Smiles from the heart!
Thanks for your comments on "Wings of Wonder," and I agree that there is too much noise. I'm not sure how to avoid it, since I have to set the ISO so high to offset the high shutter speed. I'm told that a 2.8 lens will reduce that, but it is also a much pricier lens. Any suggestions?
I'm not sure the lens type actually affects the amount of noise. It's mainly the ISO, indeed, and perhaps the matrix itself. As far as I know, newer bodies can take pictures with very high ISO's (like about 3200, perhaps even 6400) and in the same time produce very little noise. Newer Canons at least.... but I guess it applies for most high-end cameras.
In response to your question, I use a Sigma 5.6 500 mm lens, and I have my camera mounted on a tripod inside my house. I take the pictures through a (hopefully, clean) glass sliding door. That way the birds don't get spooked by my presence. I prefocus on a bird feeder that's just ten feet away, and then take pictures at 1/2000 to 1/6000 second at 6 frames per second whenever any bird approaches it. For every good picture I get, though, I probably take from 100-300 pictures. Not that I'm complaining. It's fun. I've come close to getting good cardinal and goldfinch shots, but none yet that is good enough to post. But there's always tomorrow. One problem, though, is that I have to offset the high shutter speed with a high ISO, which can lead to grainy pictures. I get the best results when I shoot with the sun somewhat behind me in the late afternoon. I just put up the bird feeder this year, and I am amazed at how many birds visit it. Best of luck with your efforts!
Thanks! I have rigged up my camera on a tripod inside my house, and I prefocus on the bird feeder that is about ten feet outside and then take the pictures through a glass door whenever birds fly in range. It's fun, although I often have to sit a long time to get a good shot. But ain't that just the way?