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A pair of Blue Jays competing for the best spot on the railing.
Image details
Image size
2633x3020px 5.8 MB
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/2500 second
Focal Length
150 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 11, 2021, 7:50:16 AM
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popandchips's avatar

Blue Jays can be an agressive. I've sen them chase off other birds. Excellent photo!

RedPangolin's avatar

yup, but I think they're mostly just talk.


Merhlin's avatar

I thank you for sharing the camera stats, as I learn from the settings good photographers use. Here I'm surprised that your 4 K ISO isn't so grainy (where it matters, the birds.) I would have guessed you had a higher shutter speed. I seldom use ISO's that high, so maybe I need to start experimenting with them more often in my BIF photos. Of course different cameras behave differently. Mine is a Sony A7R III. I used to use Canon (for years) but still avoided ISOs above 2000 as the results were more often than not too grainy for my taste. I know high ISO numbers are heartily discussed by photographers. With the new photo software like Topaz DeNoise it can sure help.

RedPangolin's avatar

I also learn from reading people's settings!

I almost always shoot in Manual mode where I control aperture and shutter speed but find when shooting moving targets, especially birds, that shooting in auto ISO is quickest (It was a bright day but harsh light, I'm surprised the auto Iso went that high too). I use to put a cap on the auto ISO though and it wouldn't go above 12000 or something. I've taken off the cap recently because I was missing some good shots that a bit of grain didn't seem to mess up too much. And like you've said, there are some great editing programs that help with that. I have only used Lightroom but I hear wonderful things about Topaz and I'm sure I'll try it out some day. And the cameras are getting a lot better at processing those high ISO images with less grain, too.

Merhlin's avatar

Thanks for the reply. I always enjoy your frequent sharing.

RedPangolin's avatar

Good to hear! I have so many more photos to post but I don't want to spam people's inboxes either lol

rolitae's avatar

Amazing capture!

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