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  1. BobH

    Crow riding a Bald Eagle

    Crow hitches a ride on a Bald Eagle! Pacific Northwest Ubird? No? So what's really going on here? The crow is harassing the Bald Eagle to try and scare him away from the crow's favorite fishing grounds. Did it work? Well, for a few minutes it did, then the eagle came back. You may have seen a...
  2. BobH

    Nemesis Birds

    It varies. Normally they only own to the high tide mark. In fact that’s what some of the photographers here argued, they couldn’t own the beach. But in rare cases, they do. This is one of those. It has to do with the oysters. They own land further out than usual. The oysters were also the issue...
  3. BobH

    Nemesis Birds

    Us regulars all know the rules. There's areas you can walk, and areas you can't. You used to be able to walk along the beach by the houses. You can't do that any more, and if you do some Old Bi... Umm, Old Bird Lover, yah, that's what I was typing... will call the cops on you. But yes, it's not...
  4. BobH

    Nemesis Birds

    Well, it turns out that one month a year, on certain specific days of that month, I know where eagles are likely to catch fish. This one works pretty good.
  5. BobH

    Bird ID Help Needed

    He hung out for quite a while, maybe looking for fish? Then he finally said "The hell with it!" and took a bath. I got some pretty unusual shots from that.
  6. BobH

    Bird ID Help Needed

    What kind of duck is this?
  7. BobH

    Nemesis Birds

    That's my approach. Skill, experience right location, persistence and a huge dose of luck. Persistence helps. A lot.
  8. BobH

    Nemesis Birds

    Kinda like this one. Still not perfect, but getting better...
  9. BobH

    New Feature - "Featured"

    I’ve tried to feature all the regulars. If anyone has a thread they think I should feature, let me know. Generally, member created content will get priority.
  10. BobH

    Are Tripods Obsolete?

    I try to be selective, I delete more than I post. But, I think they're useful and I also hope they stir discussion. I appreciate you and the others commenting and replying. Conversation inspires more interaction. But getting it rolling is dang tough. Yes, being able to not squint in the...
  11. BobH

    New Feature - "Featured"

    The intent is to make it more invited, more dynamic and have more photos. (Imagine that). I think of it as kind of a magazine cover. 10 years ago, I'd have done a fancy landing page, with a big photo of Mount Rainier and maybe background music and the logo floats in animated. But now web...
  12. BobH

    New Feature - "Featured"

    Bill, the "more dynamic look" is exactly what I had in mind, and I'm glad you think it looks better. However, no need for a special link. It's now the default landing page. pnwphotos.com is all you need to tell them. When they type that, it redirects to the featured page now. Before it went to...
  13. BobH

    Are Tripods Obsolete?

    I used to love doing 3 frame HDR. Lately though, I rarely do it. For most subjects, the D800 series has enough dynamic range that I can get what I want in a single frame. So, unless the image is obviously high contrast, typically I'll just do one frame. I use Aurora HDR and do single frame HDR...
  14. BobH

    Are Tripods Obsolete?

    Bill, I posted this one almost more for the images than the article. However, it does have useful information. I post a lot of these for new photographer, who wonder what gear they need, what gear they can do without and why. Especially when you price a "serious" tripod, find out it costs...
  15. BobH

    New Feature - "Featured"

    I'm open for feedback on this one. Also, I'd like to have it feature photos from the gallery but that isn't supported at this time, other than the "new" filmstrip at the top. I've asked the developer about adding it, but guessing it won't happen any time soon.
  16. BobH

    New Feature - "Featured"

    I've added a new feature, "featured discussions". We now have a new front page for the forum. I installed it last week, and never got around to finishing setting it up before the Mt Rainier Railroad announced they were closing... wait. NOT closing... OK, we're closing but we're gonna sell the...
  17. BobH

    Motion Blur

    Yes, it's still called "panning" and they're all done with the same technique, the train and the bikes. Basically you move the camera to track the subject. The tricky bit is that if you swing it in an arc, as your natural inclination is to do, the edges will get soft as the motion changes the...
  18. BobH

    Motion Blur

    Nailed it... Out of hundreds of photos, only a few came out really good. This three are favorites of mine.
  19. BobH

    Motion Blur

    Want to practice this technique? Well, it could be a bit tricky right now, but I like to find some bike riders and track them. I usually spend an hour or two photographing the Seattle to Portland Bike Classic (they're adamant it's not a race). Of course that's cancelled this year along with...
  20. BobH

    Motion Blur

    So, I'm not a fan of motion blur on birds. They're not predictable and the setup needed is tricky. What we really need is a subject that's predictable and smooth. No flapping wings or jerky motion. We need something that rides like it's on rails... Hmm... I think I know what would work. So...
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