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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

I had nothing for this week's World Bird Wednesday. So I sat out back and worked with a 2X tele-extender I have had for a couple of months, trying to learn how to use it with my 70-300mm - getting the focus down, adjusting the exposures over or under how many stops, what ISO to use, etc. In the process this little Golden-Crowned Sparrow happened along and was quite okay with being a subject for my testing. I've been meaning to get this little guy for WBW as he is unique to our Pacific coastal area.
Thanks Mr. G.C. Sparrow.

These next three I've cropped some just to see how an image would look using a 2X tele-extender with the lens maxed out at 300mm.


Overall these aren't too bad considering pushing the equiptment as I was. I think with a little more practice I can get some improvements. This is not a combination I would use very often but it is nice to know it does work and may come in handy when that day arrives that I spot my first Desert Big Horn Sheep high up on a rocky crag of a desert mountain.

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21 comments:

  1. he's a pretty little guy. glad you played with the extender, too!

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  2. The extender is a really useful tool. Does it only operate on manual focus?? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. It's a lovely little bird John... not one I see in the UK so thanks for sharing.

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  4. These are fine shots of the Golden-crowned Sparrow John!

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  5. I am curious about the extender - I have one and have used it rarely. When I did, I got WAY too much light, so I would like to know if you adjusted anything in your settings to get these photos? Love the closeups!

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  6. What a pretty little sparrow....am wondering where kitty was at the time. Am assuming FAR FAR away. Now I need to check with you about your extender. I have a Canon Rebel XSi. I also bought a Canon zoom EF-S 55-250. I was not getting the macro that I wanted so a few weeks ago I both a KenkoC-AF 2X Teleplus MC4 lens. I was told it would fit the telephoto. SURPRISE...it does not, but it does fit with my Canon 50mm. I like the way it works with the 55mm so kept the lens, but I am not a happy camper. Now I need to research what I need to get to go with the telephoto. Maybe you have some suggestions. I am up for most anything. Hope all is well. Sure had fun with Eloise last weekend. She is coming over next week for a midyear Camp Baga. I have such fun with her. genie

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  7. Well, I can't comment much on the extender, heck I have the faintest idea what it is! I don't have all those bells and whistles on my little Kodak Z981 digital, which I am very happy with!

    The little G-C Sparrow is a cute little guy with his yellow stripe, nice work!

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  8. Gorgeous photos! We do not have these birds at our country!
    Happy WBW to you!

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  9. The red of the leaves in the background of your top three photos is beautiful John! I like the yellow stripe on this little fellow's head.

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  10. Great shots ... I don't think I've seen this little guy in my neck of the woods!

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  11. What a gorgeous little sparrow! Nice work with the extender! They sometimes require a bit more attention to the settings.

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  12. Great photos. The extender is doing a very good job!

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  13. The Golden Crowned Sparrow is a beautiful bird. Great shots!

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  14. you're well on your way with the tele-extender John, what fun in store. I love this little sparrow with the yello on its head too; great shots!

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  15. Great shots John!
    You're more game than me. I'm still more comforatble in Auto most of the time as I don't want to miss a shot when it comes to birds.

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  16. What a cute sparrow!
    Keep practicing John! ;-)

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  17. I'll tell you, these extenders are a struggle to use. I've got a 1.4 and find that it is tough to get a good picture unless the camera is rock steady. Good luck with your experiments!
    Cheers!

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  18. I really like the red bokeh background of the first three. The fourth shot is my favorite. I hope you keep experimenting and let us know how it turns out. I wonder if you used a tripod how it would work.
    The little sparrow earned his fifteen minutes of fame!

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